Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Richardson Building



Marriott has built a Residence Inn into the shell of the old Richardson Building on Main Street in Hartford.

It was designed by the noted architect H. H. Richardson and opened in 1875 as the R. and F. Cheney Building.   The Cheneys operated a silk manufacturing business, which occupied space on the upper stories.  The first level housed several smaller stores.  Later, for many years it was the home of the Brown Thompson department store.  Today, in addition to the hotel, the building has a couple of restaurants and bars.

20 comments:

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

The hotel sounds like a great reuse for a magnificent building.

Lowell said...

It's a gorgeous old building...reminds me of downtown Minneapolis. Nice that it's been repurposed. Probably a great place to stay if you've got business in Hartford.

Michelle said...

I like the way Marriotr uses old buildings. We stayed in Washington D.C. in a Marriott that was an old bank. Pretty cool.

Cezar and Léia said...

A very elegant facade and your picture is beautiful!
Léia

brattcat said...

the rooms must be quite unusual. have you ever been inside one?

Sharon said...

A good use for this lovely building. I'm so glad it has been saved and reused.

JM said...

Massive and beautiful!

Sylvia K said...

Such a beautiful old building and how wonderful that they've found a great use for it so it can continue to be enjoyed by so many! Great shot for the day, Jack! Hope your week is going well!

RedPat said...

It looks so Richardson that I wasn't at all surprised to see you identifying it as such. Fabulous building - so glad it has been reused.

cieldequimper said...

T'would have been an absolute shame not to make something of it.

LOLfromPasa said...

Downtown! Since I have been following you, or should I say 'your blog' :), I think this is the first time I have seen the City Centre. Hartford looks a big place.

Valladolid Daily Photo said...

Magnificent brick building!

SRQ said...

I have a soft spot for old brick buildings. This one is beautiful. Pretty cool idea to turn it into a hotel with eateries right below.

Randy said...

That's an awesome piece of architecture.

Andy said...

I love these old classy buildings. Your photo has done it justice.

LOLfromPasa said...

Me again! Thanks for the note about Hartford downtown, Jack, you left on my blog. I think when I saw this picture I was really surprised. I didn't expect Hartford to have a scene like this. I am going to have fun looking back on your archives to see more. Of course, I love the homes there. Some of my ancestors settled in Baileyville not far away. So seeing a City nearby is a treat!

Kate said...

It is a stately old building with plenty of architectural interest.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

It is a handsome (?) old building, might just have to stay here when I visit Hartford Jack!
P.s. are you getting a lot of spam too. i've noticed quite a few of us are..wondering if the spam thingy on blogger is down and if so wonder if they know about it..It' such a pain don't you think.

Halcyon said...

I'm glad this building has found a new use. Love that stone facade.

William Kendall said...

It's a beautiful building. Reminds me of one downtown here that has also been turned into a hotel after careful renovation.