Wadsworth Atheneum: Colt Memorial Building

The second building built in the Wadsworth Atheneum complex was the 1910 Colt Memorial Building completed more than a half century after Ithiel Town’s 1842 Gothic revival main entrance. Designed in the Tudor revival style with medieval inspiration it is a fine example of Benjamin W. Morris’ early personal style after he became an independent […]
Aerial view Wadsworth on Main Street

Farmington Congregational Church

Located on 75 Main Street in Farmington, CT, this white Greek Revival church is one of the town’s most historical buildings. The First Church of Christ was founded in 1652 by Roger Newton, the pastor. He happens to be the son- in- law of one of Hartford’s founders, Thomas Hooker. Services used to be held […]

Equestrian Monument to the Marquis de Lafayette

Paul Wayland Bartlett was commissioned by the Daughters of the American Revolution to create a monument to the Marquis de Lafayette as a reciprocal gift from the United States to France in thanks for Bartholdi’s Statue of Liberty. A second casting of the Equestrian Monument to Lafayette was ordered for the City of Hartford. However the […]

Stanley-Whitman House

The Stanley-Whitman House stands on six acres of land on 37 High Street, Farmington, CT.  The house was purchased by Ebenezer Steel from the existing inhabitant, Deacon John Stanley, on December 31, 1720.[1] Ebenezer Steel died two years after purchasing the house and his oldest daughter, Mary, inherited it. In 1735, Mary and her husband […]

Silas Deane House

Silas Deane (1737-1789) was a member of the Continental Congress and a pivotal delegate to France in the American Revolution. He played a large role in the acquisition of arms from France that allowed for the victory at Saratoga. Deane lost his “hero” status when he later had to face Congress over his financial dealings. […]

Capitol Sculpture, South Wing: Connecticut Heroes of the Civil War Era

South Wing and porte cochère The South Wing of the capitol incorporates a projecting covered driveway (porte cochère) and was the principal point of entry for legislators and dignitaries arriving by carriage or, later, automobile. Because of the projection, there was an allowance for niches for sculpture on three sides of the projecting South Wing. […]

Capitol Sculpture, East Facade: Revolutionary War and the Founding of the Republic

East Facade of the Connecticut State Capitol: The Revolutionary War and the Founding of the Republic The east facade depicts individuals associated with the Revolutionary War and the founding of the Republic. The sculpture on this façade was created first because this side of the building was the first to be completed. When looking at […]

Capitol Sculpture, North Facade: Early Colonial Connecticut and Founding Fathers

The north façade is the main ceremonial entrance to the State Capitol. Facing Bushnell Park, the north side is devoted to the founding fathers of Connecticut and the early history of the colony until the Revolutionary War. The five marble tympana above the openings in the arcade tell of dramatic events in the foundation of […]

Capitol Sculpture, West Facade: American Revolutionary Leaders in CT

The west façade is a representation of the individuals who distinguished themselves for government service during the Revolutionary War. The West elevation is the simplest with no tympana or portrait medallion but only four full-length figures in niches. All four figures were sculpted by by Hermon MacNeil in or about 1917. It’s four statues, read […]

Amistad Houses

La Amistad was a two- masted schooner boat owned by the Spanish. In 1839, the ship became renowned by Mende captives to be transported to the slaves’ purchaser’s plantations.[1] The slaves aboard La Amistad killed most of the crew and tried directing the ship toward Africa, to avoid becoming slaves for the rest of their […]