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Moving Day: 9 Liberty Street….

January 12, 2008

ConservaCity Photo

Update added 1/12/08: Long, interesting article in today’s Hartford Courant about the building and the move.

As part of the Liberty Square project this historically important former church at 9 Liberty Street in the city will be moved Saturday to a new site on Rapallo Avenue. Details of the move including traffic information are reprinted below from the Hartford Courant (1/10/08):

MIDDLETOWN — – During the late evening hours of Saturday through early morning Sunday, a house will be moved from the intersection of Main and Liberty streets to 47 Rapallo Ave.

Traffic will be restricted on area streets from 6:30 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday. Grand Street traffic will be closed to eastbound through traffic, although local access will be maintained for parking lots and residents.

Starting about 2 a.m., the house will start moving north. Northbound lanes of Main Street will be closed at Washington Street and traffic will be detoured to Dekoven Drive to Rapallo Avenue to get to the Arrigoni Bridge and Route 9. Southbound Main Street traffic will be detoured onto Grand and Pearl streets to get to Route 66.

The house will be moved onto Rapallo Avenue no later than 7 a.m., and Main Street will be re-opened. That section of Dekoven Drive and Rapallo Avenue will be closed to through traffic until the house is placed on the lot.

Parking on Main Street between Grand and Liberty streets and on portions of Rapallo Avenue will be prohibited starting at 10 p.m. Saturday.

For more information call the traffic bureau at 860-344-3265.

Also see Caterwauled blog for 7/3/07 ,8/9/07, and 10/1/07.

Tags: liberty square middletown ct,house moving,historic middletown ct,

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Middlesex Co. Hist. Society Open Dec 15

December 10, 2007

The Middlesex County Historical Society will be open Saturday December 15 from 1 to 5 PM.

Visitors will be able to view the society’s collection of Christmas and New Year’s cards from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Antique dolls, paper dolls and games are also on exhibit.

Executive Director Donna Baron will be on hand to talk with visitors interested in undertaking family history research or seeking information on Middletown history.
The society is at the Mansfield House, 151 Main St. Call 860-346-0746 or e-mail mchs@wesleyan.edu for further information

I plan to post photographs from around the city and environs;

Here are two taken in October.

I’d be interested in how many folks know about this architectural gem tucked away on Middletown hillside. Write a comment about it if you wish.