Harriet Beecher Stowe House (Hartford, Connecticut)
Harriet Beecher Stowe House
|NRHP Reference #||70000710 |
|Added to NRHP||October 6, 1970|
|Designated NHL||February 27, 2013|
The Harriet Beecher Stowe House is a historic house museum and National Historic Landmark at 73 Forest Street in Hartford, Connecticut that was once the home of Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin. Stowe lived in this house for the last 23 years of her life. The 5,000 sq ft (460 m2) cottage-style house is located adjacent to the Mark Twain House. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970, and declared a National Historic Landmark in 2013.
The Stowe House is a two story brick building, painted gray, resting on a brick foundation. Although the house is basically rectangular, it has a complex roof, with a jerkin-headed gable running parallel to the street, a hip-roof extension to the rear, and small dormers flanking a central dormer flush to the front facade. The gables are decorated with bargeboard, and the eaves have Italianate brackets. The interior of the house follows a fairly conventional center hall plan, with two parlors, dining room, kitchen, and pantry on the first floor, and bedrooms on the second.
After Harriet Beecher Stowe's death in 1896, the property was sold out of the family. It was reacquired by her niece, Katherine Seymour Day, in 1924, who bequeathed her Hartford properties to a foundation dedicated to Stowe's legacy. Now known as the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, this organization carefully restored the property in 1965-68, and now operates it as a historic house museum.
The Stowe Center
The Stowe Center which preserves the house and center's collections, with a research library that includes letters and documents from the family. The house includes original items from the family. In addition to the Stowe House, the historic site the center manages includes an 1873 carriage house, which now serves as the visitor's center, and the Katharine Seymour Day House (1884).
The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center biennially awards a prize to a U.S. author whose work is deemed to have affected a critical social issue in the tradition of Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Recipients include:
- Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn (2011), for Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.
- Michelle Alexander (2013), for The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.
- Ta-Nehisi Coates (2015), for "The Case for Reparations".
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- List of National Historic Landmarks in Connecticut
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Hartford, Connecticut
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23.
- "AMERICA’S GREAT OUTDOORS: Secretary Salazar, Director Jarvis Designate 13 New National Historic Landmarks". US Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2013-03-12.
- "NHL nomination for Harriet Beecher Stowe House" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-12-08.
- "Stowe Prize". Harriet Beecher Stowe Center. Retrieved 2015-06-27.
- "2013 Stowe Prize". Harriet Beecher Stowe Center. Retrieved 2015-06-27.
- MaryEllen Fillo (June 9, 2015). "Journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates Humbly Accepts Award From Harriet Beecher Stowe Center". Hartford Courant. Retrieved 2015-06-27.
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