The Elishah Wadsworth Tavern sits on the corner of the Albany Turnpike (Route 44) and Prospect Ave., the dividing line between Hartford and West Hartford. Built in 1828, it became a residence long ago. Over time, it deteriorated and had several cheap updates. A couple of years ago a
builder specializing in fine homes gave it a top to bottom reconstruction.
Half a mile to the west, on another busy corner, this 1928 Craftsman-style bungalow declined for years as an elderly homeowner was increasingly unable to keep it up. A developer bought it and plans to demolish the house and build two new homes on the lot. Preservation advocates
discovered the plans too late. The trees have been removed and the developer is racing
to take it down before he is stopped.