Welcome to the Hartford Preservation Alliance


On Wednesday, May 4,  the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced that the Deborah Chapel, located at the corner of Ward and Affleck Streets, has been placed on America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list for 2022. 


In its national press release, the National Trust says:


The Deborah Chapel, a rare and early American example of an intact Jewish funerary structure, represents the strong leadership of women within 19th-century Jewish religious and communal organizations. Congregation Beth Israel has applied for permission to demolish the structure despite its national and state historic designations. Advocates for saving it—including neighborhood residents, Jewish scholars, preservation nonprofits, the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, and the City of Hartford—are urging the owner to work with stakeholders to envision a new use or transfer ownership to ensure preservation.


The Hartford Preservation Alliance thanks the National Trust for Historic Preservation for this recognition of our beloved chapel as a national historic asset. 

For more on the National Trust’s 2022 list visit SavingPlaces.org

Read an open letter from scholars advocating the preservation of the Deborah Chapel



Full list with descriptions

HPA has reopened its office however, due to current COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines, we cannot accept walk-ins. Please contact us at (860) 570-0331 and/or mary@hartfordpreservation.org to make an appointment.

State Historic Preservation Office operations: 

The SHPO is working fulltime via telework to promote social distancing in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, SHPO staff will be accessible through email, telephone, and video conferencing. While SHPO staff will make every effort to maintain normal program operations, some services will be delayed or canceled for the foreseeable future. Please be advised of the following changes to typical SHPO protocols and procedures:
  • Historic rehabilitation tax credit applications, grant applications, and environmental review requests will now be accepted electronically through email, Dropbox or other file sharing service. Please do not send mail or hand deliver any applications or requests to the office until further notice.
  • The SHPO will be closed to researchers. We understand the inconvenience this will cause; however, SHPO staff will have access to digital files and can provide information to researchers as available.
  • All site visits and in-person meetings are on hold until further notice.
  • The Historic Preservation Council will continue to meet monthly via teleconference.
Any questions concerning the SHPO’s programs and procedures should be directed to the relevant staff person. A list of SHPO contacts can be found here. Note, all inquiries concerning the Historic Homes Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program must be directed to hometaxcredits@ct.gov. The staff of the State Historic Preservation Office wishes good health for everyone during this difficult time and thank you for your patience.


Our mission is to revitalize the historic fabric of Hartford,
connect us to our heritage and
collaborate to impact community economic development
by providing historic preservation and revitalization technical assistance, education and advocacy for those who live and work in Hartford.

Old State House circa 1886

On May 14, 2019, HPA Executive Director Mary A. Falvey was the featured speaker at the Old State House’s “Conversations at Noon” series. Click the following link to view the Connecticut Network video recording of her presentation “The History of the Preservation of the Old State House” followed by a panel discussion (including Mary, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer Mary Dunne and CT Trust Executive Director Jane Montanaro) on the future of preservation. http://ct-n.com/ctnplayer.asp?odID=16343

HPA’s previous Executive Director Frank Hagaman presented Historic Preservation: The Foundation for Community Economic Development at the 2013 TEDx Bushnell Park event.


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