The Barry Square neighborhood is located in the southern half of the city. It is adjacent to Hartford Hospital, the Institute for the Living, and Trinity College. Barry Square takes its name from Father Michael Barry, whose Catholic parish built St. Augustine's Church on Campfield Avenue in 1902. This is Hartford’s original Irish neighborhood.
The neighborhood is dominated by one, two, and three-family homes that provide great opportunities for first time home buyers who are also looking for rental income to help offset their cost. Maple Avenue is the primary commercial arterial in the neighborhood and provide the residents with easy access to retail goods, services, and many restaurants.
Historically, the central part of the neighborhood served as a military campground in both the Revolutionary and Civil wars, due to the open fields west of Campfield Avenue. In fact, this how the street acquired its name—the camp field stretched south and east from the site of the existing Campfield branch of the Hartford Public Library.
Two monuments in the area commemorate officers in the Civil War:
- Griffin Alexander Stedman, born in Hartford and a graduate of Trinity College, joined the 14th Connecticut Infantry and almost immediately became a captain in the 5th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers. He was fatally wounded on August 5, 1864 at Petersburg. 26 years old at the time of his death. He is interred at Cedar Hill Cemetery.
- When the monument was dedicated on October 4, 1900, in attendance were veterans of the 5th, 8th, l0th, 14th, 16th, 22nd and 25th Connecticut regiments. It was probably the last gathering of Civil War veterans of that size in Hartford.
Today, the neighborhood provides great access to jobs and entertainment.
Neighborhood description provided by Studio O'Maxfield.