Sunday, March 9, 2014

Whimsical Windows - Old/New


Toby hosts the architectural meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors, and we look at pieces of interesting design on our travels. Today we are an hour north of home in the state capitol, Hartford. The views are along the short (1.1 km) Conlin-Whitehead highway, built in 1945. Once slated to be an interstate grade expressway, it was not built as such and remains a winding and slow speed entry downtown. Of interest is the building above the road, the new addition to the Hartford Public Library, making for a tunnel underneath.
In the second pic, the arched stone bridge carries Main Street over. But why is it arched? The bridge was actually built over the Park River in 1833. Which then begs the question: where is the river? It is actually underneath the highway in a concrete conduit as it flows to the Connecticut River. Not that the leaders in the 1800s even thought to have the foresight of a future highway...

Finally, after the curve past the tunnel the skyline of the city comes into view. The mix of of 19th, 20th and 21st century blend together in a unique mixture of shape and function on a nice late winter day...

2 comments:

toby said...

Wow, I was totally impressed with the first half of your post, that's absolutely fascinating! Amazing how that layering all worked out. And the second half could easily be its own post, what a wonderful collection of windows!
Thanks so much for sharing them all with us :)

jeannettestgermain said...

taking a pic while driving, pays off doesn't it:):)