This was the home of Catherine M. Flanagan, a native of Hartford and a first generation Irish-American who was active in the suffragette movement during and after World War I. She and five other women were arrested on August 16, 1917 for picketing in font of the White House. They were all sentenced to thirty days in jail under deplorable conditions. Her arrest increased the passion of the struggle for women's suffrage in Connecticut and she played a leading role as an organizer in that effort. She was selected to carry the document certifying Connecticut's ratification of the 19th amendment to Washington in 1920.
Photo: View northeast showing west elevation and façade. (Tod Bryant)
Hogan, Neil, "Hartford Irishwoman was heroine of suffrage drive,"The Shanachie, v. 18, no. 1, Winter 2006.
This is a classic example of a Perfect Six apartment building, a vernacular form found mostly in Hartford and surrounding towns. These buildings were built around the turn of the twentieth century and they are all three stories. The have a common central entrance which is flanked by full height, three window bays. The interiors are divided into two flats per floor, one on each side of a central corridor. They often have a projecting cornice supported by brackets.
This building is in the midst of a dense urban neighborhood. The area includes recently built apartment buildings, as well as several late nineteenth and early twentieth century houses.
Date(s): Built c. 1885 Style(s): Italianate (Hartford Perfect Six) Historic Use: Multi-family residence Present Use: Multi-family residence
Exterior visible from public road.
The Irish experience has had a profound impact on Connecticut's past, and its narrative spans all periods of the state's history and touches every one of its eight counties and 169 towns.