Hartford, CT 06105
Like Parkville, Hartford's West End borders West Hartford. But unlike Parkville, the West End is mainly an upscale residential neighborhood of stately single homes surrounding the beuatiful Elizabeth Park to the north and east, and two and three family homes south of the park.
Apprximately 70% of the West End is listed on the National Register of Historic Districts. Some of the more notable properties in the West End include:
- The Official Residence of the Governor for the State of Connecticut. The Governor's Residence is open to the public one weekend a year in early December and is beautifully decorated for the holidays.
- The University of Connecticut School of Law
- The Connecticut Historical Society can be found in the former home of Curtis H. Veeder, inventor of the cycle meter.
- The Hartford Seminary was built between 1923-1929 on a 30-acre parcel.
- The A. Everett "Chick" Austin House, only 18' deep the entire length of the home, from the street it looks like scenery on a stage.
- The 102 acres that is now Elizabeth Park was the estate of Charles N. Pond who donated it to the Hartford Parks Commission in 1894 with the stipulation that it be a horticultural park named in memory of his wife Elizabeth. 41 of the 102 acres lies in Hartford and 61 acres lies in West Hartford. The portion of the park in Hartford includes softball fields, a playground, and beautiful views of downtown Hartford from the ridge on Prospect Avenue, the western most street in the West End. The portion of Elizabeth Park that lies in West Hartford includes a park drive, tennis courts, lawn bowling greens, walking trails, the oldest municipal Rose Garden in the United States, the Lord & Burnham greenhouses, annual and perrenial gardens, a picnic area, a pond, and the Pond House Cafe Restaurant.