Architecture

Panorama of Bushnell Park, 1920s

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch – Today in History: September 17

September 17, 2018

On September 17, 1886, the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch was dedicated in Hartford to honor the 4,000 Hartford residents... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Architecture, Civil War, Hartford

Theodate posing for painter Robert Brandegee in 1902

Theodate Pope Riddle Dies – Today in History: August 30

August 30, 2018

On August 30, 1946, Theodate Pope Riddle, one of the nation’s first successful woman architects, died at the age of... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Architecture, Farmington, Theodate Pope Riddle, Women

Merritt Parkway, New York to Connecticut, 1941

Merritt Parkway Creates Scenic Gateway to New England

June 29, 2018

This Depression-era road improvement project sought to artfully balance the natural and built environments, and despite setbacks and scandal, achieved its aims.  …[more]

Categories: Architecture, Fairfield, Great Depression and World War II, Greenwich, Historic Preservation, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Stratford, Transportation, Trumbull, Westport, Wilbur Cross

Delivery truck for The Lustron Home

Metal Homes for the Atomic Age

May 17, 2018

Once touted as the house “America has been waiting for,” only a few post-WWII Lustron steel houses remain in Connecticut.  …[more]

Categories: Architecture, Historic Preservation, Popular Culture

Frederick Law Olmsted

Frederick Law Olmsted Born – Today in History: April 26

April 26, 2018

On April 26, 1822, Frederick Law Olmsted was born in Hartford. Often described as the founder of landscape architecture in... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted, Hartford

Fire at G. Fox & Co., Main Street, Hartford

G. Fox & Co. Destroyed by Fire – Today in History: January 29

January 29, 2018

On January 29, 1917, at about 11:00 pm, watchmen discovered a fire on the ground floor of the G. Fox... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Architecture, Beatrice Fox Auerbach, Business and Industry, Disaster, Hartford, Popular Culture

The New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1979

New Haven Coliseum Imploded – Today in History: January 20

January 20, 2018

On January 20, 2007, the 35-year-old New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum—better known as the New Haven Coliseum—met its end at... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Architecture, Contemporary United States, New Haven, Popular Culture

Civic Center Collapse

Civic Center Roof Collapses – Today in History: January 18

January 18, 2018

On January 18, 1978, at about 4:20 in the morning, the Hartford Civic Center roof collapsed. Ten days of bad... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Architecture, Contemporary United States, Disaster, Hartford, Popular Culture

Henry Austin, Grove Street Cemetery Entrance, 1845, New Haven

Father of Architects Born – Today in History: December 4

December 4, 2017

On December 4, 1804, “Father of Architects” Henry Austin was born in the Mt. Carmel section of Hamden, Connecticut. A... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Architecture, Business and Industry, Expansion and Reform, Hamden, New Haven

Landscape Architect Frederick Law Olmsted, early 20th century

Landscape Architecture Helps in Healing – Who Knew?

April 24, 2017

…Hartford-born landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted re-designed the grounds on the campus of the Hartford Retreat for the Insane to... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted, Hartford, Health and Medicine, Who Knew?

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