Hartford Preservation Alliance Fall Tours 2009

The fountain on Constitution PlazaKeeping with the walking theme, the Hartford Preservation Alliance will be leading four guided walking tours in the coming months. Each tour includes stops at a few points of interest where the tour leader shares historical and/or architectural information about the sites and structures. This is a terrific opportunity to explore different areas of the Connecticut’s capital city. All events are held on Saturday mornings at 10:00am, rain or shine, and cost $10 per person.

From the Hartford Preservation Alliance mailing we received the other day…

Ridgefield Street Historic District
September 12, 2009; meet at The Artists Collective parking lot, 1200 Albany Avenue
Ridgefield Street in the Blue Hills neighborhood marks the last step in the evolution of Hartford’s northern neighborhoods, where, beginning in the mid-19th century, residential developments had fanned out from the central city. View the original Weaver High School, former synagogues, and the impressive residences that were home to generations of Hartford’s families.

The West End
September 26, 2009; meet at the UConn Law School Sherman Street Parking Lot
Journey past the impressive facades of one of Hartford’s most architecturally diverse neighborhoods. View an array of styles showcasing the results of Hartford’s prominence as a state capital and center of business and culture.

The Moderns
October 3, 2009; Meet on Constitution Plaza at the Fountain, 1 Constitution Plaza
Explore the modern architecture of Constitution Plaza – why it came to be, what the vision was and who the nationally renowned architects are. Plus discover the ‘hiding place’ of a rare Civil War artifact.

Fairfield Avenue
October 10, 2009; Meet in front of 8 Fairfield Avenue (firehouse at corner of New Britain Avenue)
From farmland and gentlemen’s estates to trolley car suburb, join us to learn how this neighborhood grew and explore how residential architecture evolved from the Victorian Age to the Progressive Era.

Again, all of these events will be held rain or shine beginning at 10:00am on the respective Saturday, and cost $10 per person. Be sure to check in on the HPA website as each event approaches just in case they have to change the meeting place.

We’ve been on HPA tours in the past – they’re a wonderful way to spend a fall morning.