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What Is in This Building Today?

A peek into 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 a bit easier than the prior week's. Pictured was the Maple Hill Restaurant, and we asked readers to tell us: "Where Was This Restaurant Located?"

Lew Block said Maple Hill was in West Hartford Center, where Barcelona now is. "My dad used to take me there in the early 60s," he recalled. Dianne Rechel also recalled the restaurant. "We used to eat there all the time. Ah, for the days of hair nets ..." she commented.

Muriel Rosenblum Fleischmann provided details about Maple Hill even before it moved to West Hartford. "There had been a Maple Hill on Farmington Avenue in Hartford, almost down to Sherman Street on the north side, but it later moved to West Hartford Center where it was a long time fixture. We all went there, but my dad, as he aged, loved it for its simple clean atmosphere and good food."

L. Petersen said that Maple Hill was "in the Farmington Ave/Lasalle parking lot just near the back door of Toy Chest (which used to be Youth Centre)."

And finally, Ed Dombroskas commented, "What a terrific reminder that West Hartford Center has long been a beacon of great food! Who remembers the Lemon Meringue pies from the Maple Hill, the Jelly layer cakes from Krohner's Bakery a few steps up and the Homemade Donuts and other great food from Central Delicatessen just a few steps further West on Farmington Ave."

Your memories are correct! The answer provided by the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society was: The Maple Hill Restaurant was located at 971 Farmington Avenue. David LeFavour opened the restaurant in the mid-1950s.

Rick Liftig December 12, 2011 at 11:31 AM
Delicious! Park Lane Pizza. Maybe an item we should add to the list of Connecticut's little blessings is great pizza!
Dianne Rechel December 12, 2011 at 02:18 PM
That one is too easy! PLP now has some new competition from Joey's across the street! It would be fun to do a "pizza crawl".
judy salm December 12, 2011 at 02:52 PM
Spent great deal of time there in high school.....Park Lane Pizza
Joan Gurski December 12, 2011 at 03:06 PM
Park Lane Pizza--easiest one yet!
Joan Gurski December 12, 2011 at 03:06 PM
Do I get extra points for knowing there was once an insurance agency on the top floor?
Lisa Petersen December 13, 2011 at 01:58 AM
Park Lane Pizza -
Tracey Wilson December 13, 2011 at 02:38 AM
I didn't know this building as a child, but the key to me was the lay of the land. You can also see the Hall's Market Building behind. When did Greeks firs start to manage pizza places?

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