The Junior League of Hartford (JLH) Show House is the League’s signature fundraising event, and over the years has raised more than $1.6 million of funds in support charitable projects and programs in the Greater Hartford Community. This highly anticipated event occurs every three years, and there is no similar event in Central Connecticut.
What is Show House? Every three years JLH spends many months searching for a notable home or estate in the Greater Hartford area, and selects designers, both regional and local, to makeover the interior and surrounding grounds. During the month of May, the public is invited to view the grand home that has been transformed inside and out. Show House is more than a home tour, it is an experience. In the past, guests have been able to shop at our boutique full of exclusive gift items, or purchase designer furnishings featured in the Show House. A percentage of these sales go directly to the Junior League of Hartford.
Additionally, Show House anchors a season of social events for the Junior League and members of the public, all showcasing the home and grounds, and prominently recognizing the Show House sponsors. Guests have the unique experience of attending the opening celebration to view the house in its “Bare Bones” form, in addition to other social events throughout.
Show House was first introduced to the Junior League of Hartford by League member Mary Lynn Gorman, who had firsthand experience with a Junior League Show House in Ohio. This introduction resulted in the Show House of 1979 and began a successful history of fourteen (and counting) Show Houses.
Funds are raised through ticket sales to tour the decorated Show House, by special events associated with Show House, boutique and designer sales, individual and corporate sponsorship, and program ads.
The next Show House was scheduled to occur in Spring of 2021. However, due to the global pandemic the League made the decision to postpone the event until Spring 2022.
We look forward to welcoming the public in Spring of 2022 for our 15th Decorator Show House!