#ThrowbackThursday: Hartford Conservatory Expands on Asylum Avenue

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The Hartford Conservatory expanded to this former private home on Asylum Avenue in the 1920s. Photo by Kenneth R. Gosselin/kgosselin@courant.com

The Hartford Conservatory expanded to this former private home on Asylum Avenue in the 1920s. Photo by Kenneth R. Gosselin/kgosselin@courant.com

 

Three years ago, the venerable Hartford Conservatory merged with Jumoke Academy charter school, no longer able to remain independent. The Conservatory, founded in 1890, had seen its enrollment decline amid stepped up competition and rising costs.

But in 1926, the Conservatory — then the Hartford School of Music — was expanding and needed a larger space. So the school purchased the private home at 834 Asylum Avenue, just west of the Asylum Hill Congregational Church.

The Conservatory would later purchase the neighboring building at 846 Asylum. Jumoke still operates the Conservatory from these locations.

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The Courant, Feb. 14, 1926

The Courant, Feb. 14, 1926

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