Polish Home’s New World
March 23, 2017
Photos by (Patrick Raycraft / Hartford Courant)
Revolution is underway on Charter Oak Avenue, powered, in part, by pierogies and kielbasa.
For nearly 90 years, the Polish National Home has served those Eastern European delicacies with a side of history, establishing a haven where Poles can find camaraderie in northern Connecticut.
It was a winning formula in the 1930s when the social club’s Art Deco facade was raised in the shadow of the Capewell Horse Nail Company. But the factory shuttered, and the Polish enclave it served slowly spread into the suburbs.
Still, the National Home hung on, amid a fluctuating membership and a rapidly aging building.