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At home on Kenyon's first block - our favorite street in Hartford's West End.

Picture of Kenyon homes, East side  Picture of Kenyon homes, east side.  Picture of Kenyon homes, West side

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There are 32 homes on Kenyon Street's first block 
- in the heart of Hartford's historic West End.  
Living here is special.   Explore our Kenyon block site to find out why.

        2014 - Kenyon Block News   Arrow- Click to link to our event calendar.         Picture of children helping to plant treet

Awards, Etc.


Image of yellow star symbolizing 2007 HPA award


Gardens Around the West End!
   Saturday June 1, 2013

A Self-guided tour of 13 neighborhood gardens
10 AM - 4 PM

Tour maps at Central Supermarket, 
500 Farmington Ave, Hartford from  
from 9 AM day of tour.
Rain Date Sunday, June 2.


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Quick Tour of Hartford's West End - YouTube by Kyle Berquist

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Doug and Mildred begin a major restoration of their house's exterior at 67 Kenyon Street.   Follow it from our photo gallery.
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Both Martha and Dave and Bonnie and Russell ( at 75K and 104K)  
have joined our neighbor Toni Gold ( 96K )
in winning a Hartford Blooms Gardening Award from the 
Knox Parks Foundation.
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This Kenyon Street website is the proud recipient of a 
Hartford Preservation Alliance (HPA) 2007 Preservation Award ! 

41 Kenyon Street's  Garage - 2006 HPA award for new construction !
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See the photo of us planting trees on Kenyon.  It won the Hartford Courant's  "We Love Our Towns" photo award.

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Historic Maps of Hartford from 1636 to 1909.
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 Central Market:  Grocery - Fresh food at Kenyon & Farmington Ave. 
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How One Woman Is Saving Her Neighborhood- One Garden At a Time.

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Art Around the West End!   13 artists displaying and selling from West End Houses.  Sat. September 29, 11-5pm       Get the List and Get the Map


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2013 - Kenyon Block Events
2014 coming soon


Thu, Sept 26    Barn Raising Party - BYO everything, 4-6 PM, Toni's.   Arrow-click to link
Sat. Sept 21    ArtAround the West End, see map and brochure, 11:00 - 5:00 PM.  poster   Arrow-click to link
Sun, Sept 15    All Kenyon Block Party, 3:30 - 8 PM, BYO.  2nd Block- pshikora@comcast.net    Arrow-click to link
Sat, Aug 24    Cocktail Party at Randy & Tony's, 4-6 PM  Cancelled - house renovation.   Arrow-click to link
Sat, Jul 20    Pizza Party at Ray's, 6 PM   Arrow-click to link
Wed, June 26    Concert at Elizabeth Park, 6:30 - join the blanket cluster w/ your dinner   Arrow-click to link
Sat, Jun 1    GardensAround the West End, 10-4 PM, map at Central Market   Arrow-click to link
Fri,  May 3    Kenyon Progressive Dinner, starts 6:30 PM   Arrow-click to link
Feb 9    Blizzard Party at Martha and Dave's, 12-2 PM   Arrow-click to link
Mar 18    Calendar Meeting at Martha and Dave's, 5:30 PM   Arrow-click to link
Sun, Oct 27    Pumpkin Carving & Brunch  at Martha & Dave's, 1 PM, cancelled   Arrow-click to link
Sun, Dec 8    Cookie Swap at Erin & Julio's, 2 PM   Arrow-click to link
Sat, Jan 11, 2014    Murder Mystery Night at Mary & Nancy's, 6 PM  To Be Rescheduled   Arrow-click to link
-     Feature on the website:  We Love    Arrow-click to link
-     Feature on the website:  About Us   Arrow-click to link
-     Feature on the website:  About Kenyon People    Arrow-click to link
    Feature on the website:  Lower Cost Gardening    Arrow-click to link


        Past Block Highlights 
        Click for highlights on Kenyon St. in years past!  Arrow-click to link


  2013 - Of  Interest  Arrow- Click for full event calendar for the City.   

Mar-Oct    Greater Hartford Green team, 1:00  860-951-7694    2013 calendar   Arrow-click to link
June - October    Farmers' Market, Tues & Fri,    3:30-6:30.   Farmington Ave & Whitney St.   Arrow-click to link
Year-round    WE Community Building: Val Bryan (860) 231-1915, vjbryan@att.net
   Alan Paluck (860) 232-7151, alanpaluck@sbcglobal.net
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now thru 2013    MDC Road Closures Map.  Closures start 4/13/2012.  aboutplan map   Arrow-click to link
Year-round    Elizabeth Park Conservancy  860-231-9443   Arrow-click to link
Year-round     Connecticut Historical Society: Museum, Research, Lectures.  Calendar-2013   Arrow-click to link
Year-round    Hartford Seminary Lectures, podcasts   Arrow-click to link
Year-round    Mark Twain House Events   Calendar   Arrow-click to link
Year-round    Harriet Beecher Stowe House  Events   Arrow-click to link
Year-round    Hartford Public Library   Classes, Seminars, Exhibits     Calendar   Arrow-click to link
   Cafe Eiko Jazz Series  Japanalia  860-232-4677    Arrow-click to link


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January     West End Dine Around.  Contact Fi Bookwalter     Arrow-click to link
Jan -Mar     Elizabeth Park Winter Lecture Series.   Wednesdays.  7:30 PM   Arrow-click to link
March 19    MDC Sewer Project 2013: First blocks No Beacon, Tremont, So Oxford    Arrow-click to link
March 20    National Historic District Project -  Sisson to So Whitney to Capital Ave
   Lucas Karmazinasat Lucas.Karmazinas@gmail.com  or Jan Klein
   at jacefk@gmail.com.
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March    Be a tutor at Noah Webster or Rawson School.     Arrow-click to link
March     Mark Twain Cafe.  Jazz Brunch.  11:00 & 1:15.     Arrow-click to link
March     Elizabeth Park Spring Flower Sale:  9-2:00.   Arrow-click to link
March     Connecticut Historical Society lectures.  Calendar-2013   Arrow-click to link
Sept 13, 2012    Drive-Thru Coffee Shop Proposed for Mobil Station  Now    Proposed   Arrow-click to link
Oct 20, 2012    South Branch Park River-REI   Arrow-click to link
Mar 12, 2012    Accessory Dwelling Unit Approved by Plan & Zoning.   Text   Arrow-click to link
Mar 15, 2012    New Market on Kenyon and Farmington Ave....The Central Market   Arrow-click to link
Mar-June    Hartford Blooms Schedule, contact Mike McGarry  860-296-6128   Arrow-click to link
April 2-5    Rago-Coco Little League sign-ups: Elizabeth Park East   Ages 5 to 12.   
   Coaches needed.  Contact Tim Sullivan 860-232-0200
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April 5    CT Historical Soc:  Community Cook-off.   5:30 - 7:30 PM     Arrow-click to link
April     Elizabeth Park Spring Programs   Arrow-click to link
April 5, 2012    For Sale:  Old Shell Lot - Farmington Ave. and Girard   Info   Arrow-click to link
April 10, 2012    Hfd College for Women Property.   WECA position.   Hfd Zoning Denial   Arrow-click to link
now- Apr 15    Free Tax Filing.  Dial 2-1-1   Arrow-click to link
Ap 15-16, 2012    Mayor announces budget:  3.5 mill increase proposed.  article 1  article 2   Arrow-click to link
June 22-23    Elizabeth Park Rose Weekend  860-231-9443   Lots to do.   10-4    Arrow-click to link



Tour the Website   Image of round Victorian porch with Ionic columns repeated above.

House Map   We Love / About Us    Events    Tag Sale    Tree Planting    For Sale    Kenyon Cards    Links    Site Map

Scroll below to see what you'll find on the Kenyon Street website - 
or click on the links just above!     

Kenyon House Map        Picture of raspberry and lavender Queen Anne porch 

The neighborhood was all farmland when developer Eugene Kenyon laid out the streets north of Farmington Avenue in 1870.  He built his home on what is now the corner of Kenyon and Farmington, but the economy tanked, and the neighborhood didn't take off until the mid-1880's.  

Two of the original farmhouses from the 1870's remain in the middle of our block.  Most of our homes were built around 1900 near the end of the Victorian era, when free-form Queen Anne mixed with Colonial Revival and Shingle was the style.  1908 is the youngest Victorian home on the block - over 100 years of history on one block.

Click House Map to see each of our homes and the year the building permit was taken out.  Architects and first owners are listed - a house history, too.  You can download the photos.  

Click Award Winners to see each of our homes that have received awards.

Click Hartford Maps to see an illustrated map and street map of the West End and a map of all of Hartford's streets, neighborhoods and historic districts.   

Click Historic Hartford Maps to see a progression of  maps showing the growth of Hartford from its founding in 1636 to the growth of the West End through 1906.

Jump to West End Civic Association (WECA) for the neighborhood association website.  Click here for our link section on WECA. 


               Things We Love   Picture of Victorian turret with gargoyle and filial
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Living on Kenyon Street and the West End is special.  Find at least eighteen reasons why, by visiting  Things We Love.   

Learn more about us, our history, our block, neighborhood and city. 
Learn how to build a community from the block up.  
Visit  About Us.  

Kenyon People has a bit about the interests of some of the people who live here.

To see the site map for an index of the entire Kenyon Street website: Site Map.  


Kenyon Event Calendar        Picture of Elizabeth Park rose arches in full bloom
                                                                             Photo: Friends of Elizabeth Pk

Room-sized front porches bring living and the neighbors outside.  You run into neighbors walking to the avenue to run an errand or eat a meal.   Neighbors on Kenyon get together as a group often.  The gardeners gather to share info, news and plants.  When an issue is hot, the e-mails fly!

Click Event Calendar and Garden Walks to see what we're doing on the block. 
Garden Walks has instruction on:  Garden Design, Lower-Cost Gardens and Maintenance
There are photos of past events on Photo Gallery  and Garden Walk Photos, too.  
Go to Kenyon Issues to see what we're working on.   


West End Tags - June 6, 2011     Picture of black urn with purple pansies

Usually an annual event, neighbors planning tag sales get together to share publicity.  For 2011, four homes on Kenyon joined together for a tag sale.  8:30 - 1:30.  Rain or Shine!  All  with treasures you can't miss.  

Turns out our wide front porches are perfect for tag sales.  In the first year, half of the homes on Kenyon turned unneeded treasures into cash, and buyers loved walking from house to house on one block.

For the latest details on this year's tag sale and photos of our first event, click on Tag Sale.   


Knox Tree Planting    Picture of neighbors planting trees

On Earth Day- April 22, 2006 over thirty neighbors and friends came out to plant 25 trees on Kenyon Street.   We have new lovely maple, cherry,  crabapple, Ginkgo and Katsura trees gracing Kenyon's first block, thanks to Doug and the  Knox Parks Foundation and their program: Trees for Hartford Neighborhoods!

Click Knox Tree Planting to see 'How to Plant a Treescape'.   You can download the photos. 
Click Caring for Your Trees to see Knox's advice on pruning and maintenance.   
Click here to see the award-winning photo of our tree-planting experience.


For Sale Signs   Picture of 1870's porch with purple French doors
on Kenyon

See the biggest things that are for sale on Kenyon's first block .  
We post a photo for any home with a 'For Sale' sign planted in the lawn.  Go to For Sale Signs to take a look.  Click here for recent sales.  

[There is currently 1 home with a 'For Sale' sign on the first block of Kenyon: 44 Kenyon] 


             Kenyon Cards   Picture of sunny Victorian porch with white wicker rockers
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Note Cards  
Note cards, featuring the fabulous first block of Kenyon Street, make a statement about this special place.  They're perfect for jotting a note to a friend or writing a thank-you.  They also make a great hospitality gift or stocking stuffer.  To see the designs and buy the cards, go to Note Cards.

Business Cards  
Share the Kenyon Street website - just hand folks a Kenyon Street business card with our web address.  Free Download.  Set of 10 different views of Kenyon Street.

Iron-on Decal
You can get your house on an iron-on Kenyon Street decal.  E-mail us.

Bookmark the site so you can find it again!   


Links        Close-up of street sign, "Kenyon St"

Who to know, Where to go.   Links to the organizations that live here, and all the wonderful things to do, just steps away. 

For a virtual directory to get to all the useful info you want about living here ...
Visit 1,000 Links.    

You won't believe how much is here...


Site Map        

To see the site map that indexes the entire Kenyon Street website: Site Map.   


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Download Photos   Photo of stone mushroom in grass near tree  

Unless otherwise attributed, all of the photos are by Carolyn West, C. West Designs.
Some of the photos on this site are available to download or order prints, through webshots.com.
Click on one of the albums. Click on a thumbnail photo to see a large view.  
Click 'next' to scroll through all the photos one at a time.

  • To Save to Your Computer: Click 'download'.

  • To Print to Your Printer: right-click on image / 'print'.

  • To Order Prints: click 'order prints'.

  • To E-mail or send to web site: click 'share photo'.

Unless otherwise attributed, photos are by Carolyn West.  
Photos may be reproduced, provided they are credited, 
"Photo by  Carolyn West, cwestdesign.com"

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Updated:   9/27/2013