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Favorite Hartford building poll

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  1. 1. favorite?

    • 1000 Main Street
      1
    • Lafayette Place
      1
    • Bushnell Tower Twin
      0
    • Northland YMCA Condo
      0
    • 180 Allyn Street
      3
    • Society for Davings
      0
    • World Trade Center
      0
    • Rennaisance Place
      1
    • Patriots stadium
      1
    • Front street with twin towers
      4
    • Metro Center II
      2
    • Wynn Downtown Casino
      1
    • Capewell Condos
      1
    • Plaza Mayor
      0
    • Cutter Financial Center
      8

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I think cutter would be everyones choice, so to see more interesting results I am not including it in the poll.

1000 Main Street

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Lafayette Place

(all the white buildings on the left of 1000 Main)

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Bushnall tower twin

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Northland YMCA residential tower

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180 Allyn Street

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Society for Savings

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World Trade Center

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Rennaisance Place

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Patriots stadium

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Front street with twin towers

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Metro Center II

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Wynn Downtown Casino

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Capewell Condos

96 condo units in below mill conversion + 2 seperate hotels on property

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Plaza Mayor

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Cutter Financial Center

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Without question, my favorite is the Cutter Financial Center. A classic New England look complete with gold leaf dome and a true mixed use building with retail, office and residential.

Its a shame this one was never built.

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It is.

I actually excluded it from the poll at first because its that special.

but looking at them all together I think Metro Center II would be the most impressive addition to the city. huge empty parking lot in a kind of empty part of downtown. incredibly impressive front. tall pointy and surely would be well let.

it has more of a bad ass factor than cutter and would be almost as large. it would also spread downtown N and West quite a bit.

oh and you can vote for multiple buildings

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Love the steeple-like design of 180 Allyn, it would have filled a huge void between downtown and Union Station.

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I really liked Rennaisance Place. A great filler building (just under the height of the gold and bank bldgs to the south, but slightly taller than the stilts bldg to the north). It was also somewhere between State House Square and H21 in height. I like that it included a hotel with the restaurant on top. I prefer it way over the Society for Savings tower that was proposed for the same site.

Linden Place was not included in this poll. It was a 29 story apartment tower overlooking Pulaski Circle.

I would have liked to see the Bushnall tower twin over the (13 story) one that was built. Notice that the tower is windowless on the south.

I like the Northland YMCA residential tower. Personally, I think it should be scaled down to the 30 story range.

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I really liked Rennaisance Place. A great filler building (just under the height of the gold and bank bldgs to the south, but slightly taller than the stilts bldg to the north). It was also somewhere between State House Square and H21 in height. I like that it included a hotel with the restaurant on top. I prefer it way over the Society for Savings tower that was proposed for the same site.

Linden Place was not included in this poll. It was a 29 story apartment tower overlooking Pulaski Circle.

I would have liked to see the Bushnall tower twin over the (13 story) one that was built. Notice that the tower is windowless on the south.

I like the Northland YMCA residential tower. Personally, I think it should be scaled down to the 30 story range.

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Bill I had Linden place on the poll, but when I could not come up with any credible description let alone rendering I decided to plop in Cutter even though i was going to leave it off the poll all together.

if You have anything more than 29 story overlooking pulaski circle i would be psyched. I have read descriptions in Ny times articled that say 6 acres, residential 29 stories bla bla, but not much real in terms of details.

I coud easily edit it into the poll in place of plaza mayor

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Little known fact...... Travelers Tower was supposed to be Travelers Towers originally, a twin right next to it - would have been better than the waste of space known as Tower Square next to the Wadsworth.

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whats funny is that I planned on adding the twin travelers tower as a choice but totally forgot.

I doubt it would affect the poll much because its actually kind of ugly and like Bill M said the plaza would still be there.

As far as the Housing projects of yore that never happened, here are a few tidbits dragged up from the mud.

from this article

http://www.nytimes.com/1988/05/22/realesta...;pagewanted=all

we get this.

In 1990 and 1991, two condominium projects will provide additional dwellings priced at $135,000 to $1.5 million. Renaissance Place, to be built by the Associated Development Corporation at Sheldon and Prospect Streets, will contain 87 units plus ground-floor shops and 275,000 square feet of offices in 14 stories.

The Renaissance place of 1990 left us with a parking lot that the federal building uses.

I think a project like this could still work today for the most part. the scale is definately right for that part of town and it could even become a great place to live if the highway is ripped up and the hog river ever returned. also, obviously office would be less important in 2009 than 1990 :) and by being right next to Front street the retail aspect would likely work too.

The 1991 condo mentioned above I believe is Linden place

A 29-story building with 202 units overlooking Bushnell Park is to be built by M.O.N.Y. and the Hartford Development Group. Neither project will break ground until late this year.

AHH HA I found another article. but part of it is familiar because I remember the 8 acre part.

http://www.nytimes.com/1989/05/05/business...jects/H/Housing

Linden Court, a 30-story condominium tower, will begin rising this summer on an eight-acre tract opposite Bushnell Park because city officials here are now using a carrot-and-stick approach to encourage residential development downtown.

but now the question is 8 acres?

the parking lot sitting there right now is just 2 acres

and if you read the article is says on the bottom thst there is a drawing. how do you get to see that drawing?

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Cutter by far, but I would have loved any of these. The Cutter is really the reason I like skyscrapers to begin with. I worked in a building the other day and it had a picture with "Hartford 1995" under it. I was a sketch of what the skyline was supposed to look like in 1995, including the Cutter, 180 Allyn, etc.... I'm trying to get a print, and I'll scan it and post here if I get it.

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Cutter by far, but I would have loved any of these. The Cutter is really the reason I like skyscrapers to begin with. I worked in a building the other day and it had a picture with "Hartford 1995" under it. I was a sketch of what the skyline was supposed to look like in 1995, including the Cutter, 180 Allyn, etc.... I'm trying to get a print, and I'll scan it and post here if I get it.

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