West Middle School (1930)

November 29th, 2007 Posted in Colonial Revival, Hartford, Schools

Hartford’s Georgian Revival style West Middle Middle School of 1930 replaced the school’s earlier building, a Victorian Gothic structure designed by Richard M. Upjohn and erected in 1873. The school‘s original facade faces Asylum Avenue in the city’s Asylum Hill neighborhood. Its design, like that of a number of other buildings in the city, was based on that of the Old State House. Update (2017): the school recently underwent a major renovation. West Middle Community School now has its main entrance on Niles Street. The Mark Twain branch of the Hartford Public Library has moved to a location inside the school, with its entrance being the school’s former front facade on Asylum Avenue.

The post-renovation picture above replaces the original photo for this post below:


  1. 6 Responses to “West Middle School (1930)”

  2. By Sonia Miskin Walker on Dec 5, 2011

    I attended West Middle School during the
    1950s. Mrs. Murphy was the principal during that time, and Miss Day was our music teacher throughout the elementary school years. The school still looks majestic with its white columns. I remember my first day as a kindergartener wearing black and white saddle shoes with bobby sox, and a freshly starched gingham dress. The photo brought back some fond childhood memories of yesteryear.

    Anchorage, Alaska

  3. By Simon Hemby Jr. on Dec 22, 2011

    I also attended West Middle School in the 50’s K-3rd grade. My Kindergarten teacher was Ms Tierney, 1st and second grade Mrs. Weinstein. Third grade teacher was Mrs. Noel.
    My mother was on the PTA.

    My family lived down the street (1025 Asylum Avenue)on the third floor of the Castonguay Insurance Company building across from the Hartford Insurance building.

    Living there in the 50’s was a great experience and I have many stories that I have told my children about how life was then.

  4. By Lucia Polacchini on Sep 9, 2012

    I attended West Middle in the 50’s: 6th grade teacher was Ms. Sullivan, and 7th grade teacher, Ms. Tierney. Ms. Sullivan helped me quite a bit especially because I would not speak and only answer by shaking my head. Both were great teachers and marvelous persons. My name then was Lucia A. Lima. I keep my Home Ec. cookbook as a souvenier although the recipes are great.

  5. By Sonia Miskin Walker on Sep 20, 2013

    A walk down memory lane! Just read the response from Lucia Lima Polacchini, dated on September 9, 2012. I knew a Lucia Lima who attended West Middle School during the 50s. We met at school and became good friends. Lucia would invite me over for lunch on Saturdays. Her mom made tasty sandwiches and salads. During those lunches, I had the opportunity to get to know her friendly parents and younger sister at their home. They were living on Dauntless Lane, only a block away from my apartment building on Sargeant Street in Hartford . I recall that Lucia and her family were from Brazil. I lost touch with the Lima family after they moved away. It’s been quite a few years
    and many miles since the West Middle School years!

    Sonia Miskin Walker
    Caldwell, Idaho
    (previously from Anchorage, Alaska)

  6. By Beth Lyons on Feb 11, 2017

    I found this thread while searching for Dauntless Lane in GoogleMaps. Either the street is gone now, or it has been renamed. My family lived there about 1951 to 1955, when the big hurricane and flood ruined our apartment and we moved to West Hartford. I went to kindergarten just for a couple of months at West Middle School, also with Miss Tierney. Nice to see these other notes! (My name back then was Betty Duncan.)

  7. By Diane Roseman Dimmock on Mar 24, 2017

    We also lived on Dauntless Lane in the 50s, prior to the floods of 1955 which badly damaged the apartments there. The street is no longer there, but has been partially replaced by Woodland Park. After the floods, the Park River which was key to the floods was buried in order to avoid future flooding such as that in 1955. We only lived in Hartford a few months, and my sister and I attended West Middle School.

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