House as Art

Hartford has a nice selection of residences that were built with a level of care, and attention to detail, that makes them works of art. Some were special from the day they were built, others because of who built them, and still others because they survive as one of the few examples of an era.

It’s rare for a private citizen to be able to own a home that is a work of art, yet they are for sale every now and then. Yesterday I hosted an open house at one such property, and couldn’t resist pulling out my camera to photograph some of the details.


Immediately inside the front door is a gracious entry brought to life by a beautiful staircase. The level of craftsmanship is amazingly high, and the condition remains excellent 98 years later.

The fireplace mantle and surround of this home is also quite impressive. It’s difficult to understand the scale from the photo, but the mantle is probably 8 feet wide. The owners use the fireplace regularly when they entertain, and guests always gravitate towards it


The stairs and the fireplace are just the beginning of this home, which is 160 Kenyon Street in Hartford. Every room has its own impressive details. If you’re interested in living inside a work of art, then this is your opportunity.

Those that would be satisfied with a visit will need to wait for the owners’ next party. In the meantime, check out one of Hartford’s other beautiful homes that have been converted to museums: Mark Twain House, Austin House, Harriot Beecher Stowe House, Butler-McCook House, Isham-Terry House, Amos Bull House, or others that I’m sure I’m forgetting.

160 Kenyon St, Hartford’s West End

160 Kenyon Street, Hartford's West End

Welcome to an architectural gem that has been updated in a historically sensitive manner.

With gumwood trim and quartersawn oak floors on the main level, blown glass doorknobs upstairs, and original light fixtures throughout, 160 Kenyon Street retains most of the ornate original features. The home was passed down through generations of a single family for nearly 90 years, preserving the magnificent details. The current owners then made many thoughtful cosmetic and mechanical updates.

The double entry opens to a seating area and turned staircase. A living room with oversized fireplace provides a generous space for entertaining, and includes French doors to a covered patio. A one-of-a-kind, walnut paneled, oval shaped dining room with built-ins is the perfect setting for any dinner party. Beyond the dining room, a small parlor with built-in bar overlooks the rear yard, and a traditional butler’s pantry connects to the kitchen. The kitchen, which was recently updated with marble counters, new appliances and additional cabinetry, retains the original slate sink and walk-in dry goods pantry.

A spacious second level includes a wide main hallway and four bedrooms. The master bedroom has an en-suite full bath, two closets, and a private balcony. All of the rooms are large enough to comfortably accommodate a king sized bed, and there is a sleeping porch off one of the rear bedrooms. The top level features three additional bedrooms, a full bath, and unfinished attic space.

The home has a newer gas heat and hot water system, updated plumbing and electric, and laundry on the main level. There is a detached two car garage, and the freshly painted exterior accentuates the home’s details. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity for a truly special West End property!

160 Kenyon Street is offered at $595,000. If you’d like to see this property, please have your agent arrange a showing or call me at 860-655-2125 to schedule a visit. More details and a photo tour are available.