The Cheney Building Stands Like a Tree in Downtown Hartford

Here’s a wonderful building in Hartford, CT by Henry Hobson Richardson, the genius behind masterpieces like Trinity Church on Copley Square and the Woburn Public Library among others. The Cheney Building (1875-76) stands like a tree in downtown Hartford, setting itself apart from its neighbors through the polychromatic stonework, rustication, and the floral motifs carved throughout its exterior. Richardson’s influence is felt throughout the United States, Canada and Northern European countries where local and nationally known architects admired his works, often incorporating many of Richardson’s signature elements into their architecture. If you visit Hartford, don’t miss the Cheney Building on Main Street, it’s a gem worth staring at for hour and hours.

All photos credit of The Evolving Critic.

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  1. I grew up in Connecticut, and I’ll be down in Hartford for a conference next month. After a tour of Trinity Church in Boston, I’ll see this building in a whole new light.

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    • Yes! Don’t miss it! Since I think this is the NEMA conference, check out the Wadsworth, tons of great art gems for a museum its size. It is fantastic. Also don’t miss Patti Smith: Camera Solo.

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  2. It is the NEMA conference, which I am so looking forward to this year! I haven’t been to the Wadsworth in ages, so I will definitely check it out.

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