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The Mark Twain House (1874 / 1881)

The Hartford, Connecticut home of American author Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)


Before he became famous for his novels, Samuel Clemens ("Mark Twain") married into a wealthy family. Samuel Clemens and his wife Olivia Langdon asked the noted architect Edward Tuckerman Potter to design a lavish "poet's house" on Nook Farm, a pastoral neighborhood in Hartford, Connecticut.

Edward Tuckerman Potter was known for designing grand Romanesque churches, but his design for the Clemens home was bright and whimsical. With brilliantly colored bricks, geometric patterns, and elaborate trusses, the 19-room mansion became a hallmark of what came to be known as the Stick Style of architecture. After living in the house for several years, the Clemens hired Louis Comfort Tiffany and Associated Artists to decorate the first floor with stencils and wallpapers.

Taking the pen name Mark Twain, Samuel Clemens wrote his most famous novels in this house, including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The house was sold in 1903. Samuel Clemens died in 1910.

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  1. The Mark Twain HouseThe Mark Twain House is elaborately decorated with patterned brick and ornamental stickwork.
  2. The Mark Twain House - Dining RoomTiffany's firm, Associated Artists, created the wallpaper and stenciling.
  3. Mark Twain House - LibrarySamuel Clemens told stories in the library of his Conneticut home.
  4. The Mark Twain House - ConservatoryThe library of Mark Twain's Conneticut home opens to a glass-walled conservatory.
  5. The Mark Twain House - Mahogany RoomThe luxurious guest bedroom adjacent to the library had mahogany furnishings.
  6. Stick Style Porch at the Mark Twain HouseDecorative stickwork forms geometric patterns around the expansive porch of Mark Twain's home.
  7. Leaf Motifs at the Mark Twain HousePorch pillars at the Mark Twain house are ornamented with a decorative leaf motif.
  8. Conservatory and Turret at the Mark Twain HouseA round conservatory floods light into the library of Mark Twain's Hartford, Connecticut home.
  9. Decorative Brackets at the Mark Twain HouseElaborate decorative brackets support the gables and eaves of Mark Twain's home and carriage house.
  10. Turrets and Bay Windows at the Mark Twain HouseTurrets and bay windows give the Mark Twain House a complicated, asymmetrical shape.
  11. Mark Twain House - Billard RoomThe third floor Billard Room in Mark Twain's house was a gathering place.
  12. Brackets and Trusses at the Mark Twain HouseGables at the Mark Twain house have massive brackets and decorative trusses.
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