The Eugene Kenyon Farmhouse (1870)

August 18th, 2008 Posted in Gothic, Hartford, Houses, Italianate


The first house to be built north of Farmington Avenue, in Hartford’s West End, was an 1870 farmhouse on Kenyon Street. The house was built by the developer Eugene Kenyon, who was laying out streets and planning to construct homes in what was then an area of farmland. Kenyon’s own home was on nearby Farmington Avenue and the farmhouse was soon purchased by its first owner, Maria K. Stanley. An economic downturn in the later 1870s stalled the development of the neighborhood and Kenyon lost his money, but by the 1880s, the pace of house construction in the West End accelerated. Many classic Victorian homes were constructed on Kenyon Street around 1900 and the older farmhouse was embellished over time, combining elements of the Gothic Revival and Italianate styles.

  1. 6 Responses to “The Eugene Kenyon Farmhouse (1870)”

  2. By AJ on Aug 18, 2008

    I’ve never seen anyone make a request on here, but since you were doing houses on Prospect Ave. in Hartford earlier this week I thought I’d request a post on 810 Prospect. It’s my favorite house in Hartford, and seems to have some Asian elements. Would love to learn more about it…

  3. By DAster on Aug 19, 2008

    I can try to find more information about it.

  4. By DR on Oct 16, 2008

    These houses are beautiful. I’d also like to post a request. This house was built in 1892, the address is 24-26 Preston Street in Hartford’s south end. I’d really like to know what you think of it.

  5. By DAster on Oct 17, 2008

    I’ll see if I can find anything.

  6. By Stephanie Pratts on Jul 15, 2011

    I lived in the house in the year 1999 and the house is very big. It was a beutiful house to live in. It has 3 floors and it originally had twelth bed rooms but it was turned into a buplex house.

  7. By Barbara Kenyon Brown on Apr 22, 2012

    TheVictorian houses on Kenyon Street so interesting. Also, just found that a couple travelled 1st class on Titanic, Mr and Mrs Frederick Kenyon..she survived and he did not. Have been wondering how we might be related. My father’s grandparents lived in S.D. but sure they all originated from East Coast.

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