I am reading for research on a project Merritt Ierley’s Open House,a Guided Tour of the American Home-1637-Present. In the middle of the book I spied an antidote about Harriett Beecher Stowe and I had to skip ahead. Evidently, with her earnings from Uncle Tom’s Cabin she built this house Oakholm to illustrate her status in Hartford society and to her faith. The contractor was bad and after plumbing leaks, plaster falling and other such building nightmare’s she retreated to a house on Forest Ave in Hartford that was more pragmatic. It is said Oakholm broke her heart. Can a house do that?