West Hartford Center is a popular commercial area in West Hartford. The low-rise retail core includes small main street-style shops as well as several 1960s free-standing buildings. The area is so popular that the mid-century buildings are being replaced or severely altered. Adjoining the retail core is a new urbanist style development called Blue Back Square with housing above retail amenities in a more dense urban setting. Therefore many of the buildings on the fringe of West Hartford’s downtown will probably be replaced in the next few years. Over the next few posts, we will document some of the disappearing mid-century mundane.
This white brick, commercial building was built in 1963, most likely as a bank. It’s bland, boxy facade does not have much interesting detail, except the vertical metal screen above the door. It is surrounded on all four sides with parking, something that differentiates the older commercial buildings with the newer ones, which rely on nearby garages or on-street parking.