A tour of the first four churches on Asylum Hill, all of which were built between 1860 and 1900, and represented the growth of Hartford's population westward from the original colonial settlement (i.e., downtown Hartford). The tour includes information on when and how the churches were built and what the architecture attempts to say to passersby, and typically the walking tour includes the interior of one of the four churches. The most compact tour we offer, it is easily completed in 45 minutes in person.
Mary Falvey is the Executive Director of the Hartford Preservation Alliance and a dedicated historic preservationist. She is active in efforts to promote historic preservation as a means to revitalize Hartford, and she is working to better organize Hartford's varied and numerous historic districts.
Stop #1: Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Avenue41.76973 x -72.69171asylum-hill-congregational-church
Not the first of the churches but the oldest structure of the four. Dedicated 1866.
Stop #2: Asylum Avenue Baptist Church, 868 Asylum Avenue41.77025 x -72.69347 - asylum-avenue-baptist-church
Originally built in 1872 and expanded in 1896, it was destroyed by a fire in the 1930s and then almost completely re-built according to the original design.
Stop #3: Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Sigourney Street41.76905 x -72.69372 - trinity-episcopal-church
The oldest of the four churches but the second oldest structure, which replaced the original church built in 1859-1860 in 1892.
Stop #4: The Cathedral of Saint Joseph, 140 Farmington Avenue41.76804 x -72.69212 - cathedral-of-saint-joseph
The newest structure, completed in 1962, it replaced the original cathedral that had been built in 1892 but was destroyed by fire in 1959.