About the Conservancy
Mission & Vision
Hartford & the Conservancy
Conservancy Improvements
Board of Directors and Staff
Board & Staff

The Elizabeth Park Conservancy is housed in the “Cottage,” which is a small white building across from the Rose Garden. This is our operation central and the information center. The Caretaker’s Cottage is a two-story, frame and gable roof house with twin chimneys. It is the only building here that existed during the lifetime of the park donor, Mr. Charles Pond. It was the home of the caretaker of the grounds. Documentation suggests it was most likely built around 1875, making it the oldest building in the park.

The Cottage represents an unpretentious, 19th century house whose general form and layout are typical of the times. Mr. Theodore Wirth moved the Caretaker’s Cottage from Asylum Avenue to its present location in 1898 when he created the Farmstead as the working center for the park.

The Cottage has been home to the Elizabeth Park Conservancy since 1977. Despite the daily whirling of printers and whizzing of computers, we are reminded of its history and age, with creaking stairs and a rather scary basement.

Elizabeth Park Conservancy Staff
President and CEO:
Christine Doty
860-231-9443, ext 102
Office & Events Manager:
Becky Trutter
860-231-9443, ext 101
Manager of Gardens, Grounds, and Volunteers:
Andrea Masisak
860-231-9443, ext 103
Rose and Greenhouse Gardener:
Doug Clifford
Development Coordinator & Office Administrator:
Kelly Nolen
860-231-9443, ext 104
Elizabeth Park Conservancy Consultants
Ellen Deutsch
Consulting Rosarian:
Stephen Scanniello
Elizabeth Park Conservancy Board of Directors
Chair Ben Flynn
Vice Chair Edward Samorajczyk
Treasurer Joseph Coray
Secretary Kelly Jarvis
Assistant Treasurer/
Assistant Secretary
Kathleen Kraczkowsky
Past Chair Charlie Ortiz
Current Directors Francine Christiansen
  Susan Eichar
Douglas Hyland
Kelly Jarvis
Marina Luri-Clark
Melissa Macri
Sibongile Magubane
Nancy A. Porter
Rosemarie Tate
M. Laurie Wasserstein
Roberta Woronow
Honorary Lifetime DIRECTORS

Tina Collias
Michelle Drain
Mike Fuss
Joanna Gerber, MD
Paul Grimmeisen
Victor Jarm *
Louis Lista
Marianne Lorenzo

Nancy Mixter
John Balf Morgan
Levette Perkins
Dave Peterson
Sali Riege

Eve Silvester
Lisa Silvestri
William Turull
Lina Wagner *
Kim Yarum

* deceased

Former Presidents/CHAIRS

Laura Berman

Mike Fuss
Garnette Johnson *
Helen Kaman *
Kathy Kraczkowsky
Charlie Ortiz
Dave Peterson
Anne Pinto *
Lisa Silvestri
Lina Wagner *
Milton Young *
* deceased

For questions or information, please call: 860-231-9443, ext. 104
or email us:

Christine Doty
President and CEO

Andrea Masisak
Manager of Gardens, Grounds and Volunteers


Elizabeth Park Conservancy
1561 Asylum Avenue
West Hartford CT 06117
Map (directions)

Pond House Café
1555 Asylum Avenue
West Hartford CT 06117
860.231.8823 / phone
Map (directions)
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