Avenue is located in the central section of Hartford. It begins
at the edge of downtown, just west of Union Station. The avenue
is a primary commercial district for two city neighborhoods, Asylum
Hill and the West End.
Statue of Alice Cogswell
Gateway to Farmington Avenue and the Asylum Hill neighborhood,
this statue was erected by the National Association for the Deaf,
commemorating the establishment of the first school for the deaf
in the United States. It was located one half block away on Asylum
Avenue where The Hartford (insurance company) has its home office.
The YWCA of the Hartford Region is a women's membership association
which provides social services and advocacy programs. www.ywcahartford.org
Aetna Insurance Company was founded in Hartford in 1853 and provides
health insurance for millions. It has made its headquarters on
Farmington Avenue for about 75 years.
St Joseph’s Cathedral
The Cathedral, a large modern structure with stunning stain glass
windows, is the seat of the Hartford Roman Catholic Archdiocese.
An Episcopal Church with a 140-year history in Hartford, this
church was once located in downtown Hartford and was moved stone
by stone in the late 1800’s. www.trinityhartford.org
Ahern Funeral Home
Listed on the State Register of Historic Places, this building
is a good example of Italianate style houses that were common
in the Asylum Hill neighborhood beginning in the mid 1800’s.
The Connecticut Culinary Institute
Built in the mid 1980’s as a training center for Aetna
employees and later the Hastings Hotel, the site is now home
to the CT Culinary Institute which trains chefs and offers diploma
The Hartford Courant Arts Center is home to two performing groups
– Hartford Symphony www.hartfordsymphony.org
and CT Opera www.connecticutopera.com.
The center also houses staff of the Greater Hartford Arts
Council and its dance studios are used by the Hartt School of
the University of Hartford.
Mark Twain Library
A branch of the Hartford Public Library.
This 1950’s era diner, with classic chrome and frosted
glass, has been a neighborhood institution for decades. The owner
is seeking a new restaurant operator.
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
Residence to internationally known author of Uncle Tom’s
Cabin, the home and grounds are open to the public. www.harrietbeecherstowe.net
Mark Twain House
Mark Twain wrote Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn while living
at his Farmington Avenue home. www.marktwainhouse.org
Hartford Children’s Theatre
A carriage house was converted into an 80-seat Black Box theater
for children’s productions. www.hartfordchildrenstheatre.org
Immanuel Congregational Church
Dedicated in 1899, this church was modeled after a fourth-century
church in France, unlike the traditional Gothic and Romanesque
styles popular in that era. www.iccucc.org
Here the north branch of the Park River goes underground, following
a southeast route, passing near the State Armory, under Bushnell
Park, the central Hartford Public Library and emerging into the
Connecticut River south of Adriaen’s Landing.
In the late 1970’s the Clemens Place development renovated
a densely settled 1920’s era complex of 46 apartment buildings,
preserving many architectural features.www.clemensplace.com
West End Community Center
An energetic group of West End residents established a community
center in 2002 for all neighborhood residents to build and strengthen
communal ties and civic goals. www.volunteersolutions.org/uwcact/org/222869.html
Offices of Farmington Avenue Alliance and Farmington Asylum Business
of the façade
of the 1920's era Colonial Theatre was preserved and restored
in a project that brought a new restaurant to the neighborhood.
Steel beams from the former theatre's marquee frame an attractive
Albano Ballet and Performing Arts Center
Tucked behind a vacant Shell station at the corner of Farmington
and Girard Avenue, its carriage house is now used as a dance center.
Here Hartford native Katherine Hepburn learned how to two-step
as a student at the Oxford School that once used the building
as its gymnasium. www.albanoballet.org
Adaptive re-use of a former ice cream shop into a Japanese and Korean food restaurant;
fried chicken place becomes hip coffee bar and restaurant.
Highland bowl (AKA The Alley)
In the basement of the CVS store is a duck pin bowling alley
bought by a group of 45 West End investors. After six years,
neighbors sold The Alley to a professional duck pin bowler who
plans to keep the balls rolling.
United Methodist Church
The church has welcomed West End civic groups. The West End Civic
Association meets here and it provides space for a seasonal
farmers market. (www.UMCofhartford.org)
641 Farmington Avenue.
Former turn of the century house was renovated and expanded for
office use by Prospect Financial Services after a devastating
fire left it in ruins and vacant for several years.
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