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Building Lots on Estate of the late David Watkinson
Surveyor:Surveyed by Hiram G. Loomis , American, 1834 - 1911
Printer:Printed by E.B. & E.C. Kellogg , American, 1840 - 1867
Lithography; printer's ink on wove paper
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 11 1/4 x 25 1/4in. (28.6 x 64.1cm) Sheet (height x width): 12 x 27in. (30.5 x 68.6cm)
Credit Line: Connecticut Historical Society collection
Gallery Copy: On October 5, 1858, the following notice appeared in the Hartford Daily Courant: "Remember the large sale of real estate auction at 10 o'clock today. A large number of building lots belonging to the estate of David Watkinson, deceased, on Windsor, Portland, Avon, Canton, and North Main streets, will be sold at auction, and undoubtedly great bargains may be obtained. The sale commences on Windsor street, south of Avon street." This map shows the property being offered for sale. David Watkinson, who was born in England in 1778, spent most of his life in Hartford, where he amassed a considerable fortune as a merchant and businessman. He died in 1857, leaving the equivalent of $100,000 to establish a reference library "accessible at all reasonable hours to all residents and visitors." Today located at Trinity College, the Watkinson Library remains an important resource for scholars.
Description: Plat map showing a portion of the North End of Hartford with lots available for sale on North Front Street, Windsor Street, Portland Street, and Avon Street. Pleasant Street is at the left (south) and Canton Street is at the right (north). The Hartford, Springfield and New Haven Railroad, the Hartford, Providence and Fishkill Railroad and the Branch Railroad are all shown. Names of property owners and dimensions of some lots are indicated.
Cartographic Note: 100 feet per inch
Inscription: On recto, lower right, printed in black ink, "Building Lots on Estate / of the Late David Watkinson."
Object Number: 2012.312.211
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