Sunday, March 10, 2013

Whimsical Windows - Collapse aftermath

Surveying the damage from the 24th floor
Toby hosts the fun architectural meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors, and we look at details of interest. Today is a scan of a unique view from the 24th floor of the United Technologies building in downtown Hartford Connecticut. I date the view from February or March 1978. The persons are my father and grandmother as they look down at the collapsed roof of the Hartford Civic Center which fell on 18 January 1978. The view is on the floor my father worked on looking west toward the building. The pattern on the reflection is the facade of the then Hartford National Bank building next door. The print was damaged and faded so it is now in B&W. A unique look at a disaster in which no one was hurt...

4 comments:

Lesley said...

That was a lucky escape for so many people!
I really like this photo showing a poignant moment.

sparrow said...

Good grief, how awful! And actually a historic shot. It is good that it has been preserved.

toby said...

Wow, what an amazing shot - that should be in a museum! I'm glad to hear that no one was hurt, that sounds actually miraculous, with all the damage we see here...
Thanks for sharing it with us!

Sara said...

What an incredible bit of photographic history! I enlarged the photo to see that collapsed roof - wow.