In the 1920s, wealthy business men built handsome new homes in West Hartford neighborhoods that lined the eastern end of Farmington Avenue. Two of these outstanding side streets, Arnoldale and Beverly Roads, feature homes that were built to impress. Their styles range from Shingle to Colonial Revival to Bungalow to Spanish Revival. On Saturday, May 19, 2018, we will continue our celebration of Historic Preservation Month with a Sidewalk History Walking Tour of Arnoldale and Beverly.
Every home has a story, and we can’t wait to hear what award-winning architectural historian Mary Donohue has to share with us.
Here is a sneak peek (sans spoilers):
Ludlow Barker’s home, pictured above from a newspaper feature, once stood on the corner of Beverly Road and Farmington Avenue. Pianists will fawn over this advertisement from the Hartford Courant in 1903:
Ludlow Barker started selling Newby & Evans Pianos in 1886. His plaintive enthusiasm for the product, laced with testimonials through history about the power of music, gives a sense of Barker’s personality. A particularly compelling excerpt:
I verily think, and am not ashamed to say, that next to divinity no art is comparable to music. – Martin Luther
The tones of a Newby & Evans Piano thrill one! They are selected with great care by Ludlow Barker.
Ludlow Barker & Co. was operated by Barker himself until his death in 1910. His obituary in the Hartford Courant indicates his funeral was held on November 23, 1910, at his home.
Barker’s stately house at 711 Farmington Avenue was demolished in 1966. Farmington Avenue Apartments now stand in place of the home.
Though we won’t be able to gawk at what was once there, we will have the chance to learn more about houses like these:
Join us for the second in our trio of Sidewalk History Walking Tours of West Hartford this Saturday, May 19, 2018. (And tell your Facebook friends you’ll be there!)
More information on this and the tour of Elmwood (Saturday, May 26) can be found at noahwebster.yapsody.com.
Walk-ins are more than welcome! We’ll keep you posted on a rain date – but hopefully will not have to use it.