Wallace Stevens Walking Tour

Every morning Stevens walked two miles from his home at 118 Westerly Terrace to his office at 690 Asylum Avenue. In the evening he walked back. He occupied himself on this pedestrian commute by composing poetry in his head. Even on weekends Stevens, who never learned to drive, enjoyed long walks in the city. We hope you will enjoy following the poet's walk. To really walk the walk, take the Asylum Avenue exit off of Rt 84.

  1. Hartford Accident and Indemnity Building. Now The Hartford Insurance Group
  2. Heading west toward the Asylum Hill Congregational Church
  3. Saint Francis Hospital
  4. The neighborhood turns residential through the Asylum Avenue curves
  5. Chick Austin, the Wadsworth Atheneum director and Stevens' neighbor, lived here
  6. Scarborough Street is still a formal boulevard
  7. Wallace Stevens' house at 118 Westerly Terrace
  8. Looking down Westerly Terrace
  9. Heading South on Terry Road
  10. Elizabeth Park from across Asylum Avenue