Test your knowledge of West Hartford history with this ‘Friday Flashback,’ courtesy of the Noah Webster House and West Hartford Historical Society.
By Ronni Newton
It’s time to take a look back into West Hartford’s past to either stir up some memories, reflect on how much things have changed, or both. And if you have no idea, we love the photo captions, too!
“Friday Flashback” seems to be turning into a regular feature. We will probably go back to Throwback Thursday, but it’s good (for me, anyway) to be able to mix it up especially if there has been a busy news week.
Last week’s photo (at right and in larger size below) was quickly – and correctly – identified by many of our readers.
“Farmington Ave looking east from the area that would most likely have been Howard Johnson’s parking lot at Lancaster Rd. now the Butterfly,” commented Dave Gabriele.
“Looking East on Farmington Avenue at the corner of the North & South Quaker Lane intersection. Today, AAA is just to the right in this photo,” added Giovanni Seccareccia.
“Farmington Ave and Quaker Lane. Looks similar today!!,” commented Ricky Ross.
Tracey Wilson, who serves as town historian, added the following: “Do you think the trolley line is still there? These apartments were built without places to keep cars which Became a problem as more renters owned cars. Certainly they must have housed many of the women who worked in the burgeoning insurance industry downtown. This marks the second phase of suburbanization on Farmington Ave after the grand mansions to the west that came before and during the trolley era.”
“I agree, probably taken from Howard Johnson’s parking lot looking East. Directly across Farmington Ave was the West Hartford Armory that housed horses at one time and was later a venue for antique shows, etc.; now medical offices. The lighter colored apartments on the left, called Georgian Court, housed some of my school friends,” commented Katherine Doyle.
Many readers added their comments on Facebook – and virtually all correctly identified this location.
Eddie S. Hohl Jr. said he used to deliver the Hartford Times to those apartments.
Sandra Subach knew exactly where this was: “That’s 810 Farmington Ave. I used to have an apt there:)”
No one guessed the year the photo was taken, but the apartments were built in the 1920s. Based on the cars, this photo was probably taken not long after that.
This week’s image (at right and in larger size below) was inspired by a conversation I had with some friends on Super Bowl Sunday about this very bowling alley.
Where was the bowling alley?
What is there now?
When was this photo taken?
Where were some of the other bowling alleys in West Hartford?
Please share your memories below.
Thank you to the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society for providing us with the images. They are always looking for new images to add to the collection. Visit their website atwww.noahwebsterhouse.org for more information about membership and programs.
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