St. Luke’s Apartments
|About the year 1860, some charitably disposed ladies of Middletown met together to devise some way of taking care of certain ladies who, through one cause or another, had become entirely dependent on their friends for support. 1865, the house which then stood on the southwest corner of Court and Pearl Streets was purchased largely by members of Holy Trinity Parish and soon after Saint Luke’s Home was incorporated. In 1892, a financial legacy was received from Miss Harriet M. Makinster. This legacy was given to Saint Luke’s Home for the purpose of erecting a new and more adequate building for its use.
Consequently, the old property was sold. With the proceeds, land was purchased on the northwest corner of Pearl and Lincoln Streets and this became the new site of Saint Luke’s Home.
In 1980, Saint Luke’s Home moved across the road from the Russell Library to an elegant house located on 114 Broad Street. This building was renamed “St. Luke’s Apartments”. This beautiful old house, once the rectory of The Holy Trinity Church, is now home to twenty-five ladies that range in age from the mid-sixties to over one hundred years. St. Luke’s Apartments are HUD subsidized.
Please call Rochelle Graham at 347-1168 for more information
High Tea at St. Luke’s Home
One of my favorite parts of growing up in the 1960s was the opportunity to wear white gloves and button-up, patent-leather shoes. God forbid I be required to wear them now, but I lived for the chance when I was nine.
Easter and Christmas were the obvious times I got to get dressed up in the gloves and shoes. The other was the two times a year my mother and I served high tea at St. Luke’s Home at 135 Pearl St.
For those of you who know me, clearly this seems incongruous. But I loved doing it. Both my mother and her mother, Frances Molander, were volunteers at the home for elderly Episcopalian women from the Church of the Holy Trinity. And I adored the ritual of high tea.
Originally known as St. Luke’s Home for Destitute and Aged Women (who wouldn’t want to be sent to a place with such a comforting name) was incorporated by an act of the Connecticut State Assembly in 1865. It was first housed in the former Mackinster house at the southwest corner of Court and Pearl streets (see map), until a large bequest from a church parishioner allowed the organization to build its new facility in 1892 at Pearl and Lincoln streets.
It was an early version of an assisted-living facility! It was quite glamorous and comfortable, considering the name. It housed 14 women in private rooms and the entire first floor, accessed by the doorway on the north side below grade level, was public space for the residents. It was on this floor that tea was offered from the silver tea service in a lovely room with someone playing a tune on the grand piano.
I was particularly mesmerized by the elevator that brought the women from the top three floors down to the salon room. I had never seen a two-person elevator in, what seemed to me, a private home.
This had been the intention of the builders of the home … to provide a carefully-designed apartment house, rather than an institution.
In the 1980s, the Pearl Street home was sold to the Rak family, who converted it to apartments.
Today, St. Luke’s Home still operates an assisted-living facility at 144 Broad St.