I needed a haircut, so I went into downtown Hartford on a Saturday morning.
I was struck by how clean everything looked when there were so few people and cars around.
This is Center Church on Main Street, contrasting with the Gold Building.
Stanley Black and Decker (the New Britain-based tool company) has an innovation center on the ground floor of Constitution Plaza. I showed the mural last year.
Some office buildings across the street from Constitution Plaza, with the Travelers Tower beyond.
I parked near the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford's foremost art museum. Without traffic I was able to focus on the building. Remarkable how many different periods and architectural styles are represented, as the museum was built over two centuries.
Thinking about those different periods and architectural styles, I went out to Main Street to photograph the main entrance (the castle-like structure on the left) and two other wings.
It has taken a long time for the annual garden in Elizabeth Park to be planted after removal of the tulips. I imagine that the coronavirus lockdown limited the number of volunteers helping at the park, so the work was done only by the park's paid staff,
But, it is now planted, perhaps two or three weeks later than usual.
I plan to show it again in late summer, when it is lush.
The roses in the Elizabeth Park rose garden are usually at peak around the third weekend of June, when the Park celebrates Rose Sunday. Less celebration this year, but still beautiful.
There are new banners above the entrances to the gazebo, announcing the naming of the rose garden as the Helen S. Kaman Rose Garden. The Elizabeth Park Conservancy has received a major gift from the Kaman Foundation. Ms. Kaman was the first wife of Charles Kaman, founder of an aircraft company. She was an aeronautical engineer, an artist and a philanthropist.
In the 1990s, a local woman gave birth to a son, Jonathan, with severe disabilities
that took his life when just one year old.
She coped with her grief by raising funds to create a "Boundaryless Playground" at which children of all abilities could play. Jonathan's Dream is on the property of the Mandell Jewish Community Center in West Hartford. Like so many other worthy things, it is shut down for now.