November 4, 2005
By OSHRAT CARMIEL, Courant Staff Writer
Hartford City Hall turns 90 today and city officials are throwing
their office building a party.
The whole city is invited.
At 4 p.m. today - 90 years to the hour the Hartford municipal building
was dedicated and declared open for business - two jazz ensembles
will begin the party, where employees and the public can mingle with
the mayor, and former mayors, of Hartford.
"We wanted the people to come in and celebrate the beauty of
the building. It shows off itself, really," said Daniel Carey,
the city clerk and co-chair of the celebration committee.
"And I get to work here," he
What is currently known as Hartford
City Hall opened for business as "The Municipal Building," a
place built mainly as a storage site for city records. City government
operated at the time from the Old State House.
According to a city history, the building was built in two stages,
by two different contractors. The reason: there was not enough money
available to put up an entire building at once.
The city appropriated $300,000 in 1910 for a small building. Then
in 1912, after the cornerstone was laid, officials appropriated $1.1
million more. In the end, the building cost $1.8 million to build
Another notable feature: the ceiling of city hall's atrium is a
skylight of 1,785 glass panes.
Historical photos and documents will be on display at the party,
as well as an oral presentation by historian Wilson Faude.
Hartford City Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic
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