Gospels in Stone: The Churches on the Hill

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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.

Tour Guide

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 Avenue

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Not the first of the churches but the oldest structure of the four. Dedicated 1866.

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Asylum Hill Congregational Church
Bernard Drew
Joseph Twichell
Architect at work on designs for Asylum Hill Congregational Church

Stop #2: Asylum Avenue Baptist Church, 868 Asylum Avenue

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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.

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Asylum Avenue Baptist Church

Stop #3: Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Sigourney Street

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The oldest of the four churches but the second oldest structure, which replaced the original church built in 1859-1860 in 1892.

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Trinity Episcopal Church
The "Original" Trinity Episcopal Church

Stop #4: The Cathedral of Saint Joseph, 140 Farmington Avenue

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The newest structure, completed in 1962, it replaced the original cathedral that had been built in 1892 but was destroyed by fire in 1959.

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Cathedral of Saint Joseph