Category Archives: Connecticut

Mutual Hartford Insurance Company, Hartford, CT

The one thing that everyone notices about Sherwood Mills & Smith’s Mutual Hartford Insurance Company building is the enormous sand-casted mural by Costantino Nivola that takes up the majority of the primary facade. The rest of the building is a … Continue reading

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St. Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Church, New Haven, CT

  Dating from 1958, the church of St. Michael the Archangel combines traditional eastern catholic design with modern construction. The architect J.K. Jastremsky was Canadian but born to Ukrainian parents and specialized in Ukrainian churches. Based in New York City, … Continue reading

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Grantmoor Motor Lodge, Newington, CT

This was one of the grandest motels of the many that used to line the Berlin Turnpike, a popular destination for automobile tourism. The Turnpike, today a little down on its luck, has an interesting 20th century history, which can … Continue reading

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Immaculate Conception Spiritual Renewal Center, Thompson, CT

This convent and retreat center was built in 1954 for the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a historically Lithuanian order. As such, the complex is dedicated to Our Lady of Siluva, and a statue of her … Continue reading

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The Emanuel Synagogue, West Hartford, CT

The Emanuel Synagogue in West Hartford dates from 1970. The design of this building is restrained and shows the turning point from 1960s detailing to a sometimes more severe and utilitarian focus on use and materials, here in dull brown … Continue reading

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Putnam Courthouse, Putnam, CT

The Putnam Courthouse, holding various court and law functions, has a classical design of the late 1940s and early 1950s, although it was actually constructed in 1966-67.  In small towns and rural areas such as where Putnam is located, it … Continue reading

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Cornerstone Baptist Church, Danielson, CT

Just a block and a half away from our previously-featured synagogue is Cornerstone Baptist Church. The church’s actual cornerstone is engraved with the date 1966. According to the church website, this building replaced a Victorian Gothic/Queen Anne structure although it … Continue reading

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Temple Beth Israel, Danielson, CT

This modest synagogue in the small village of Danielson fits well into its natural surroundings with its exterior walls covered in local fieldstone. The synagogue was constructed from 1951-1961 for the small but growing Jewish community of Danielson, many of … Continue reading

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Mundane Mondays: St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Greenwich, CT

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Greenwich is a picturesque, eclectic modern church. The prize-winning design was the vision of local architect Philip Ives and was constructed in 1958 on donated land. The building materials vary from wood to stone to colored … Continue reading

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Sons of Zion Synagogue, Putnam, CT

Sons of Zion Synagogue is home to Congregation B’nai Shalom in the small town of Putnam, Connecticut. The building is a simple structure with a peaked roofed sanctuary and flat roofed wing behind. It features off-white brick with inserts of vertical … Continue reading

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