Pave Paradise, Put Up a Parking Lot, or, You Don’t Know What You Got ‘Til It’s Gone

Of the many buildings that Hartford has lost to development since the mid-twentieth century, the one that seems to sting a little bit more than most of the others is the Hartford-Aetna Bank Building. When it was built in 1912, the 11-story building was Hartford’s tallest. In 1990, the building was slated for demolition by the Society of Savings, with a 45-story office tower to go up in its wake.

The building was imploded in April 1990. Richard Welling captured the event from start to finish.

That 45-story tower? It never even got off the ground (pun definitely intended)—the bank went under after the Hartford-Aetna building was demolished. In its place is a parking lot, one of Hartford’s many (many, many).

Tasha Caswell is a Project Cataloger/Researcher at the Connecticut Historical Society

 

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2 thoughts on “Pave Paradise, Put Up a Parking Lot, or, You Don’t Know What You Got ‘Til It’s Gone

  1. Do we know the time difference between the third and fourth photos? One can assume that that’s not snow on the adjacent roofs…

    • That is almost definitely not snow on the adjacent roofs! I am guessing that the last photo was taken shortly after the dust had settled. -Tasha

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