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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.
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The hotel sounds like a great reuse for a magnificent building.
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.
I like the way Marriotr uses old buildings. We stayed in Washington D.C. in a Marriott that was an old bank. Pretty cool.
A very elegant facade and your picture is beautiful!
the rooms must be quite unusual. have you ever been inside one?
A good use for this lovely building. I'm so glad it has been saved and reused.
Massive and beautiful!
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!
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.
T'would have been an absolute shame not to make something of it.
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.
Magnificent brick building!
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.
That's an awesome piece of architecture.
I love these old classy buildings. Your photo has done it justice.
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!
It is a stately old building with plenty of architectural interest.
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.
I'm glad this building has found a new use. Love that stone facade.
It's a beautiful building. Reminds me of one downtown here that has also been turned into a hotel after careful renovation.
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