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St. Mary’s Church, Simsbury (1936)

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 Posted in Churches, Gothic, Simsbury | No Comments »

The first Catholic Mass celebrated in the Hopmeadow Street area of Simsbury was on October 5, 1902. Simsbury Catholics had previously been traveling to St. Bernard’s Church in Tariffville. The Church of the Immaculate Conception was soon built on the north side of Plank Hill Road and dedicated on May 29, 1904. The parish, organized in 1921, eventually outgrew this wood frame structure and a new brick church. Located at 940 Hopmeadow Street, it was dedicated to St. Mary on February 23, 1936.

Adelaide Wilcox House (1852)

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 Posted in Houses, Italianate, Neoclassical, Simsbury | No Comments »

The house at 880 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury, named for Miss Adelaide Wilcox, was built in 1852-1853 and has been owned by a number of prominent families associated with the Ensign Bickford Company. Originally having an Italianate design, the house was altered to the Neo-Classical Revival style around 1900. Also added was a third floor with a grand ballroom. Since 1969 the house has been the Vincent Funeral Home.

Ariel Ensign House (1812)

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 Posted in Federal Style, Houses, Simsbury | No Comments »

835 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury

The brick Federal-style house at 835 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury was built in 1812 for Ariel Ensign. It was later the home of George Chester Eno. Today the building is the Simsbury ABC House.

Saint Bernard’s Roman Catholic Church (1895)

Sunday, January 20th, 2013 Posted in Churches, Gothic, Simsbury | No Comments »

Saint Bernard's Roman Catholic Church, Tariffville

A Catholic chapel was built in Tariffville in Simsbury in 1856 and was destroyed by fire in 1876. A newly completed church was dedicated to St. Bernard in 1879. St. Bernard’s became a parish in 1881. The church was destroyed by fire in 1892 and the current Saint Bernard’s Roman Catholic Church, a wood-frame Gothic edifice on Maple Street, was dedicated in 1895.

Simsbury Town Hall (1907)

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 Posted in Gothic, Public Buildings, Schools, Simsbury | No Comments »

The building which now serves as Simsbury’s third Town Hall was built in 1907 as Simsbury High School. The building’s design, by Edward Hapgood of Hartford, is believed to follow that of Homerton College, Cambridge University. When the high school, moved to a new building in the 1960s, the old building became Horace Belden Elementary School. It was renovated in 1993-1994 to become Simsbury Town Hall.

Trinity Episcopal Church, Tariffville (1872)

Sunday, September 2nd, 2012 Posted in Churches, Gothic, Simsbury | No Comments »

Trinity Episcopal Church in Tariffville, Simsbury was founded in 1848 and began holding worship services in Mitchelson Hall on Elm Street in Tariffville. Trinity purchased a former Presbyterian Church in 1856, but this building was seized to make way for railroad tracks in 1871. The present church, designed by Henry C. Dudley, was constructed on Church Street in 1872-1873. A parish house was built behind the church in 1932 and a modern classroom and office wing was added in 1968.

Amaziah Humphrey House (1775)

Monday, May 7th, 2012 Posted in Colonial, Houses, Simsbury | No Comments »

The Amaziah Humphrey House, at 42 East Weatogue Street in Simsbury, was built in 1775. Capt. Amaziah Humphrey (1754-1822) married Elizabeth Harris in 1774. The couple had seven children.