A snowbird shows photos from southwest Florida and southern New England and other places he goes.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
The Wilde Building was an architectural tour de force when it opened in the 1950s in suburban Bloomfield. Before then, Connecticut General Life Insurance Company (a predecessor of CIGNA) was located in downtown Hartford.
In the 1950s, CG built this new and very modern glass-faced office building on a huge suburban campus. Moving the offices of a large company out of center city was unknown at the time, but, alas, it was just the start of decades of moving companies to suburban office parks.
The Wilde Building was designed by Skidmore Owings Merrill. In recent years, CIGNA had moved many employees to other locations outside Connecticut. CIGNA came up with a plan to sell off much of its Bloomfield campus for development as a golf course and condominiums. As part of the plan, they wanted to raze the Wilde Building.
Architectural preservationists rebelled. The building was saved.