Sunday, January 6, 2013

Whimsical Windows - Colt Armory

The refurbished Colt Armory along Interstate 91 in Hartford Connecticut, 2010. Photo taken by Patti
The blue onion dome at the Colt Armory
Toby hosts the fun architectural meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors. Today, I revert to a late winter’s day drive northbound on the I-91 expressway in Hartford, Patti captured the enduring landmark from the passenger seat. This is the Colt Armory, the site of firearm genius Samuel Colt's manufacturing facility. It was completed in 1867. The very distinctive blue Onion Dome with its gold orb and stood and still stands out now along the busy freeway and Connecticut River.

Armaments are no longer being produced there, and much of the building has been renovated inside for rentals as office space and expensive apartments, both receiving the benefit of huge windows with lots of solar brilliance to filter through. Happily the building with its blue dome lives still…

5 comments:

Lesley said...

The blue dome is very striking - and a most unusual addition to a building whose function is as an armoury rather than a place of spiritual learning.

toby said...

That is a great dome, and it looks so modern and new! I certainly wouldn't have guessed that it dated back so far. Thanks for sharing this?

toby said...

Sorry, that was clearly meant to be "thanks for sharing this!!"
:)

Tina´s PicStory said...

blue on blue - so lovely! tonight i´ll be back with tina´s ww :) and next monday with picstory! hope to see you :)

Sara said...

I love this blue dome with its gold stars twinkling . . . never would have guessed it once was an armoury (do we really spell that with a "u" here in the states?) I guess I could look it up but I'm too lazy. I like it with a "u" anyway.