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.