The West End was mostly farmland until 1870. The West End was created in 1895, when Charles Pond gave his estate to the Hartford Parks Commission which created the park and named it in honor of his wife. The park boasts a playground, softball field, and other recreational facilities in addition to views of the downtown skyline. It features the oldest, and one of the largest, municipal rose gardens in the United States. Elizabeth Park’s famous rose arches were designed by noted rosarian Theodore Wirth in 1904. During the 1900’s through the 1920’s and 1930’s the neighborhood took on a residential element with the construction of two and three story homes, truly representative of New England properties. The neighborhood has retained its old time charm while keeping up with modern day elements.