The Austin House
The Austin House, a National Historic Landmark, is the largest object in our collection. Located at 130 Scarborough Street in Hartford, it is the former home of the legendary and innovative A. Everett “Chick” Austin, Jr., the museum’s director from 1927 to 1944. It is appointed with unique examples of eighteenth and twentieth century European furniture and decorative arts.
In the 1930s the Austin House was a gathering place for leaders of the international art world including Salvador Dalí, Alexander Calder, Gertrude Stein, George Balanchine, Le Corbusier, Cecil Beaton, Martha Graham, Agnes de Mille, Aaron Copland and Virgil Thomson.
View images of the Austin House from the book Magic Facade: The Austin House here.
Austin House Tours
Make a $25 contribution to the Sarah Goodwin Austin Memorial Fund and visit the home, and receive complimentary same-day admission to the Wadsworth. Visits are arranged on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 3:00 pm. Groups are limited to between six and twelve visitors. Reservations are required at least one month in advance.
Guests meet their docent at The Austin House. Parking is available in the driveway in front of the house. To protect the carpeting and floor, you will be provided with flexible booties to cover your shoes, or you may remove your shoes at the front door. The visit includes portions of the house on the second floor. There is a stairway to the second floor, but no elevator service. To reserve this tour, please call us at 860-838-4046.