Anna Tufankjian

Unlocking History

© Anna Tufankjian, Unlocking History, full
© Anna Tufankjian, Unlocking History, full

 

© Anna Tufankjian, Unlocking History, detail
© Anna Tufankjian, Unlocking History, detail

A fall walk through the streets of Old Wethersfield, Connecticut is like receiving an invitation to visit the stories and heritage of New England, in person.  Wethersfield is the oldest town in Connecticut and contains fine examples of architecture from every century since 1638.

I taught in this neighborhood for over twenty-five years. Many of my students lived in these historic homes.  Remarkably, these families cherished to past, keeping the integrity of the architecture, while making design decisions that allowed them to live comfortably in the 21st century.

These photos of varied doorways are from homes along the Broad Street Green and Old Main Street.

In October, community groups, and individuals create scarecrows that dot the lawn of both shops, cafes, the Garange Hall, the Old Academy, seed companies, churches and homes along creative display and enjoying the backdrop of history.

When I think of the local colors of Wethersfield I think of the rich color of Fall.  These doorways begged to be photographed, printed on cotton and assembled into a doorway shaped beckoning us to unlock our minds to some of the stories within these homes.