Thursday, April 12, 2012

Governor's Foot Guard

The Governor's Foot Guard was organized in 1771, which makes it the oldest continuously serving military organization in the United States.  Today it has mainly a ceremonial role.  The Guards provide escorts to distinguished visitors and they march in parades.

The building is in an out-of-the-way stretch of High Street in downtown Hartford, a block from U.S. Route 84.

17 comments:

SRQ said...

Interesting, Jack. I've never heard of a Foot Guard. As a military organization that's a more fitting name than, perhaps, Shin Guard.

Kate said...

Looks like a massive building.

Lois Evensen said...

Very interesting. I've learned something new. Massive building.

Luis Gomez said...

Pretty amazing building Jack. Lots of bricks!

Randy said...

I like the large windows.

Sylvia K said...

And I've learned something new this morning, too! I've never heard of the Foot Guard either. Great name and a wonderful building! Thanks for the info and a terrific capture as always! Enjoy your day, Jack!

Sylvia

Sharon said...

We don't have anything like this here in Arizona.

Malyss said...

Since 1771?! Impressive! That's very old for the USA!

mark said...

Sounds like some sort of foot spray. hahahaha

RedPat said...

Sounds like the type of thing a queen might have! I like the carving wrapping around the top of the entrance.

Lowell said...

This entire building is used by a contingent of "foot guards"? Hmmm...interesting history and a finely-constructed building!

jennyfreckles said...

Interesting - the military ceremonial roles here are rotated round, so guys can be in Afghanistan one week and on guard outside Buckingham Palace a couple of weeks later. I do like this building. I wonder what 1888 signifies?

joo said...

It's interesting that this building looks like many schools built before the war in Upper Silesia.

Regina K said...

Interesting piece of history, I always enjoy these finds of yours.

VP said...

That guy is not a guard, I suppose?

Halcyon said...

I've never heard of this before, but I definitely love the building. The brick is beautiful and that decorative arch is nice too!

Cezar and Léia said...

Impressive facade and I like the sunlight in this picture!
Léia