First opened in 1930, the 22,000 square foot Polish National Home of Hartford building was dedicated on Pulaski Day, October 12, 1930. It was built to serve the newly immigrated Hartford Polish community.
The Polish community in the Governor Street area of Hartford began in 1889, when the first immigrants began to settle in the neighborhood immediately surrounding the present site of the Polish National Home.
The Polish National Home of Hartford and SS. Cyril and Methodius church were pillars of the new Polish neighborhood and community. The close association between the two organizations is evidenced in this 19(6)7 statement (page 8-9):
From its opening on October 12, 1930, the Polish National Home has always been devoted in its activities exclusively to the promotion of the social welfare of the Polish community of Hartford supplementing the Polish tradition of religion at nearby SS. Cyril and Methodius Church with the Polish tradition of nationalism and community cohesion. The two charitable organizations have always worked side by side for the promotion of the religious and social welfare of the Polish community or Polish people of Hartford. The clannish nature of the Polish people in their religion and nationalism is best exemplified by these two organizations living side by side for the religious and social welfare of our people. – NRHP Nomination Form
The Polish National Home of Hartford, Inc. is a cultural and social organization that was created more than 85 years ago to foster and promote the common welfare of the Polish-American community in Hartford and its vicinity.
Our magnificent Art Deco building was built in 1930 and designated as a national historic landmark in 1983. Since our inception, we have maintained the Polish National Home as a center for the use and benefit of the Polish-American community – whether it is for our charitable, civic, cultural, religious or social organizations.
Today, we continue to serve as an “anchor” in Hartford’s Sheldon/Charter Oak neighborhood along with our magnificent Polish church, SS. Cyril & Methodius. We offer the following services to our members, their family and guests, and our friends throughout Greater Hartford and central Connecticut:
- Full-service restaurant
- Polish, American and Continental cuisine
- An extensive selection of Polish beers and liqueurs
- All-star Polish vodka selection, plus other great vodkas
- Finest Local CT Beers on Tap
- Full catering services
- Dining Room and Hall rental accommodations, including our Grand Ballroom with a capacity of 400
While guests are always welcome, The Polish National Home is an incorporated non-profit social/cultural club and therefore requires membership to take full advantage of services offered. Learn more about membership.