|Vacant lot purchased, no Huntington Street; Huntington Street established; properties to east of church building sold; chapel constructed; church constructed; parish house constructed; memorial chapel & parish house expansion constructed; parking lots added & demolition of apartment building; parish house extension.|
Clock and Clock Tower Roland Mather, prominent Hartford resident and church benefactor
Drew Hall Bernard Drew, senior minister from 1949 until 1973.
Gross Memorial Chapel Charles and Ellen Gross, church members and benefactors; Charles was a prominent Hartford lawyer responsible for the creation of several Hartford parks
Cost of building.
Actions Cost Cost in 2020
Chapel (now Drew Hall) $14,000
Church Building $106,208.58 (incl. furnishings)
Parish House $25,000
Parish House Addition & Gross Memorial Chapel $97,000 (incl. upgrades to heating system)
Parish House Extension
|125 Woodland Street – Home of Joseph Twichell (demolished)|
852 Asylum Avenue – 1897-1934, occupied through 1930
258 Kenyon Street – 1932-1965
Charles Welles Gross
|The Instrumentalities of the Beginnings of the Church, or the Three Necessities of the Community|
o No direct mention at 1860 Annual Meeting of City Missionary Society
o Timing, however, lines up
Prayer Meeting at David Bartlett’s House
o Bartlett returned to ASD in 1860, so that works
o Calkins was in New Haven until 1862, so that doesn’t
Calvin Stowe’s Bible study
• Stowe didn’t arrive in Hartford until 1864
The overall order of events, oddly enough, does work
• Collins just got the years wrong in 1915
Formation of the Asylum Hill Congregational Society
Annual Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival
3/21/1965 3/24/1973 AHCC took at least three votes on whether to relocate itself, and each time it voted to stay in Hartford. These votes reflect both the changing addresses of the church's membership and the church's changing sense of its mission.
2/3/1875 1/31/1904 Relevant because the church seemed to think it was: Atwood Collins was impressed, while another historian of the church wanted to emphasize Keely's training in England. Also relevant because Keely was a very prominent architect specializing in churches, and AHCC is one of only five Protestant churches he designed. And finally it's relevant because Keely's design was very similar (if not identical) to his design for Saint Patrick's Church in downtown Hartford.
Not always clear who got what from whom. Sources include the Hartford Daily Courant & Hartford Courant; F. Irvin Davis, 3/2/1908; Maria Metcalf's letter; Jeremiah M. Allen's handwritten manuscript on the founding of the church; Atwood Collins's annual reports to the Asylum Hill Congregational Society; William L. Collins's diary; and James S. Tryon's paper on the 25th anniversary of the church. I haven't seen all of these sources for myself, but they are sourced in other histories of the church.