- Kenyon Street -
At home on Kenyon's first block - our favorite street in Hartford's West End.
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.
Quick Tour of Hartford's West End - YouTube by Kyle Berquist
Doug and Mildred begin a major restoration of their house's exterior at 67 Kenyon Street. Follow it from our photo gallery.
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.
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 !
See the photo of us planting trees on Kenyon. It won the Hartford Courant's "We Love Our Towns" photo award.
Historic Maps of Hartford from 1636 to 1909.
Central Market: Grocery - Fresh food at Kenyon & Farmington Ave.
How One Woman Is Saving Her Neighborhood- One Garden At a Time.
2013 - Kenyon Block Events
2014 coming soon
Thu, Sept 26 Barn Raising Party - BYO everything, 4-6 PM, Toni's. Sat. Sept 21 ArtAround the West End, see map and brochure, 11:00 - 5:00 PM. poster Sun, Sept 15 All Kenyon Block Party, 3:30 - 8 PM, BYO. 2nd Block- email@example.com Sat, Aug 24 Cocktail Party at Randy & Tony's, 4-6 PM Cancelled - house renovation. Sat, Jul 20 Pizza Party at Ray's, 6 PM Wed, June 26 Concert at Elizabeth Park, 6:30 - join the blanket cluster w/ your dinner Sat, Jun 1 GardensAround the West End, 10-4 PM, map at Central Market Fri, May 3 Kenyon Progressive Dinner, starts 6:30 PM Feb 9 Blizzard Party at Martha and Dave's, 12-2 PM Mar 18 Calendar Meeting at Martha and Dave's, 5:30 PM Sun, Oct 27 Pumpkin Carving & Brunch at Martha & Dave's, 1 PM, cancelled Sun, Dec 8 Cookie Swap at Erin & Julio's, 2 PM Sat, Jan 11, 2014 Murder Mystery Night at Mary & Nancy's, 6 PM To Be Rescheduled - Feature on the website: We Love - Feature on the website: About Us - Feature on the website: About Kenyon People - Feature on the website: Lower Cost Gardening
Past Block Highlights
Click for highlights on Kenyon St. in years past!
2013 - Of Interest
Mar-Oct Greater Hartford Green team, 1:00 860-951-7694 2013 calendar June - October Farmers' Market, Tues & Fri, 3:30-6:30. Farmington Ave & Whitney St. Year-round WE Community Building: Val Bryan (860) 231-1915, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Alan Paluck (860) 232-7151, email@example.com
now thru 2013 MDC Road Closures Map. Closures start 4/13/2012. about. plan map Year-round Elizabeth Park Conservancy 860-231-9443 Year-round Connecticut Historical Society: Museum, Research, Lectures. Calendar-2013 Year-round Hartford Seminary Lectures, podcasts Year-round Mark Twain House Events Calendar Year-round Harriet Beecher Stowe House Events Year-round Hartford Public Library Classes, Seminars, Exhibits Calendar Cafe Eiko Jazz Series Japanalia 860-232-4677
2012 & 2013 ----------------------------------------------------------- January West End Dine Around. Contact Fi Bookwalter Jan -Mar Elizabeth Park Winter Lecture Series. Wednesdays. 7:30 PM March 19 MDC Sewer Project 2013: First blocks No Beacon, Tremont, So Oxford March 20 National Historic District Project - Sisson to So Whitney to Capital Ave
Lucas Karmazinasat Lucas.Karmazinas@gmail.com
or Jan Klein
March Be a tutor at Noah Webster or Rawson School. March Mark Twain Cafe. Jazz Brunch. 11:00 & 1:15. March Elizabeth Park Spring Flower Sale: 9-2:00. March Connecticut Historical Society lectures. Calendar-2013 Sept 13, 2012 Drive-Thru Coffee Shop Proposed for Mobil Station Now Proposed Oct 20, 2012 South Branch Park River-REI Mar 12, 2012 Accessory Dwelling Unit Approved by Plan & Zoning. Text Mar 15, 2012 New Market on Kenyon and Farmington Ave....The Central Market Mar-June Hartford Blooms Schedule, contact Mike McGarry 860-296-6128 April 2-5 Rago-Coco Little League sign-ups: Elizabeth Park East Ages 5 to 12.
Coaches needed. Contact Tim Sullivan 860-232-0200
April 5 CT Historical Soc: Community Cook-off. 5:30 - 7:30 PM April Elizabeth Park Spring Programs April 5, 2012 For Sale: Old Shell Lot - Farmington Ave. and Girard Info April 10, 2012 Hfd College for Women Property. WECA position. Hfd Zoning Denial now- Apr 15 Free Tax Filing. Dial 2-1-1 Ap 15-16, 2012 Mayor announces budget: 3.5 mill increase proposed. article 1 article 2 June 22-23 Elizabeth Park Rose Weekend 860-231-9443 Lots to do. 10-4
Tour the Website
Scroll below to see what you'll find on the Kenyon Street website -
or click on the links just above!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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]
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.
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.
You can get your house on an iron-on Kenyon Street decal. E-mail us.
Bookmark the site so you can find it again!
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...
To see the site map that indexes the entire Kenyon Street website: Site Map.
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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