777 Main Street (Historically: Hartford National Bank and Trust Building)
The twenty-six story Hartford National Bank and Trust Building opened in 1967 with a tremendous celebration that included a parade and a special edition of the Hartford National, a local newspaper, dedicated to the opening of the new building. The construction of the building came at a time when population pressures inspired people to leave the city for the suburbs and was a response by city leaders who funded an urban renewal project downtown in hopes of getting more businesses to return to the urban core. The skyscraper at 777 Main Street ultimately served as the project's anchor.
Backstory and Context
Cunningham, Jan. "Registration Form: Hartford National Bank and Trust." National Register of Historic Places. April 21, 2012. https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/14000867.pdf.
Gosselin, Kenneth R. "Hartford's Bank of America Tower Gets New Life As Apartments." Hartford Courant(Hartford)September 21, 2014. http://www.courant.com/real-estate/hc-777-main-hartford-conn--apartment-conversion-be-20140921-story.html.
"Special Dedication Day Edition." Hartford National(Hartford)September 15, 1967. . http://c-8oqtgrjgwu46x24yyyx2evtdcux2eeqo.g00.courant.com/g00/3_c-8yyy.eqwtcpv.eqo_/c-8OQTGRJGWU46x24jvvrx3ax2fx2fyyy.vtdcu.eqox2fogfkcx2fogfkcx2fcetqdcvx2f4236-21x2f303457922-31386571.rfh_$/$/$/$/$/$?i10c.ua=1&i10c.dv=22
777 Main Street (2016 Photo): By Daderot - Own work, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=54750499
Hartford Bank and Trust Building, 1960s with Old State House in view: Photo Credit: http://historicbuildingsct.com/