West Hartford History: What Street Is This?

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 we asked: "Where Is This?" The appearance of a campus setting inspired some good guesses, with the majority voting for Saint Joseph College, now the University of Saint Joseph. Several others thought it was the American School for the Deaf.

Those in the Saint Joseph camp were correct. The official answer from the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society is: "This is an early picture of the University of Saint Joseph. The college moved to its own 84 acre campus in 1936. While not all of the buildings were completed at the time of this picture, the campus was carefully planned by the famous landscape architects, the Olmsted brothers. Between 1955 and 1965 the college added five residence halls, a student center, library and chapel to the campus."

John Maloney February 11, 2013 at 12:58 PM
Well...It's not in West Hartford....there is no snow!!...Just kidding folks!..I have no clue where it is..***grin*** Hang in there folks. Before ya know it it will be 102 degrees and ya'll will be talking about the heat!
Rick Liftig February 11, 2013 at 01:14 PM
This is a challenge! It looks like this was taken in the 1920s. The workers are wearing hats and suspenders!. There are no modern construction vehicles in sight either. It's a wide street - my guess is Boulevard looking to the East (no mountain in the background). I see slate roofs on the two houses closest to the photographer and the key may be the mirror image houses being constructed in the middle of the perspective. So my guess is that we are looking towards South Main Street on Boulevard.
Rick Liftig February 11, 2013 at 01:16 PM
John - It could be a photo from a post-apocalypse, globally-warmed future too! <G>
Dianne Rechel February 11, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Um- I'm going to guess North Quaker Lane- but it's hard to tell without the snow!!


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