A Former Church on Market Street in Hartford (1855)

February 20th, 2011 Posted in Churches, Gothic, Hartford

The only surviving nineteenth-century building on Market Street in Hartford is a former church building at no. 125. It was built in 1855 as St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, a mission to the immigrants who once lived on Hartford’s East Side. In 1880, it was sold and became the German Lutheran Church of the Reformation. In 1898, it became St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church, which served the neighborhood’s Italian-American population. In 1958, St. Anthony’s merged with St. Patrick’s Church and the former St. Anthony’s Church building became a Catholic information center. Today, it is used by Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services. The church no longer has its original steps up to what was once the front door.

At the church’s northeast corner is an eighteenth-century grave, protected by a deed restriction. As described in Commemorative Exercises of the First church of Christ in Hartford, at its Two Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary (1883), “The monument of Dr. Norman Morison, who died in 1761, and was buried in his own garden, still stands in front of St. Paul’s church on Market street, with that of another of his family.” Dr. Norman Morrison (1690-1761) apparently also had a house on Trumbull Street.

  1. 3 Responses to “A Former Church on Market Street in Hartford (1855)”

  2. By Francis Peters on Jun 4, 2014

    This also used to be St. Anthony’s Catholic School, run by the same parish on Front St. I am an allumnus, class of 1956.

  3. By Francis Peters on Sep 7, 2014

    A slight correction.
    St. Anthony’s school on Market St. was run by the same parrish which was on Talcott St. not Front St. Then in the late fifties it was merged with St. Patrick’s church.
    I’m the same alumnus, class of 1956.

  4. By Geoffrey G. Fisher on Aug 21, 2016

    My Great, Great, Grandfather Charles Richmond Fisher was the first Reverend of Saint Paul’s Episcopalian Church on Market Street. Father Fisher remained the head of this church until his death in 1876. I have the original architectural drawing of St. Paul’s framed on my living room wall.

    In the 1850s Front Street was always under flood watch in the Spring time and was home to the poor of Hartford.

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