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West Hartford History: What Is Located Where This House Once Stood?

Test your knowledge of West Hartford history with this photo from the archives of the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society.

If you think you know the answer or have a special memory related to the photo, respond in the "Leave a comment" box below this article. We'll run the answer next Monday, along with a new historical photo. The image has been provided by the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society. For more information on the museum's collection and programs, visit www.noahwebsterhouse.org.

Last week's question was "Where Was This Fire?" One reader thought the flames were coming from Plant Junior High. However, Dianne Rechel, who noticed the name "Bill Lehmann's, Inc." when the photo was enlarged, was correct with her answer that the fire was in the building that once housed Lehmann's paint store.

Phil Hartling added the detail that the store was on Park Rd., and William Turley who was the fire captain responding to the incident, recalled, "It sounded like a train at high when the fire was raging through the hallways."

Current West Hartford Fire Department Battalion Chief Matt Stuart said in an email that the ladder truck in the photo was the first apparatus he ever rode on when he joined the department!

The answer provided by the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society is: "West Hartford firefighters can be seen trying to control a fire at 208 Park Road that damaged several businesses in 1972."

Lisa Petersen August 20, 2012 at 10:52 AM
I think this fabulous house was on Prospect Avenue between Farmington and Fern right next to what was Oxford School for girls (is now Bristow Middle school). I remember drawing a house that looked a lot like this for art class after walking down the street. I was heartbroken when this was torn down. I think at first it was for a parking lot! Now there's a very similar looking building that is part of apartments there.
AmyBergquist August 20, 2012 at 01:52 PM
It's the Loomis Wooley house, which sadly is no more...
Phil K August 20, 2012 at 02:25 PM
No idea, but what a pity it's gone.
Tracey Wilson August 22, 2012 at 11:17 AM
I think this was Yung Wing's house on the northeast corner of Prospect and Fern. He was one of the first Chinese nationals to go to Yale in the 1870s and then married someone from WH and built this home. Now there are condos here that back up to Elizabeth Park.
Lew Block August 22, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Is this the house that now sits in the middle of Hughes Convalescent Home across from Bristow Middle School?

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