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The Wadsworth Atheneum has five connected buildings:
1: The Gothic Revival Wadsworth building dates to 1844. it was designed by architects Ithiel Town and Alexander Jackson Davis. Originally, it contained the art gallery, the Connecticut Historical Society, the Young Men’s Institute (which later became the Hartford Public Library), and the Natural History Society.
2: In the 1860s, the Watkinson Library of Reference was constructed.
3: Benjamin Wistar Morris designed the Tudor Revival Colt Memorial of 1910 and the Renaissance Revival Morgan Memorial of 1910-15 to supply more space as the fine arts collection expanded.
4: In 1934, the Avery Memorial opened. It was the earliest museum building in the United States with a modern International Style interior. Over the next few decades, institutions not affiliated with the art museum moved to other locations in Hartford.
5: In 1969, the late modernist Goodwin building opened. By this time, the entire complex was dedicated solely to the fine arts, as Daniel Wadsworth had originally intended.
Sources"History." Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Accessed March 2, 2017. http://www.thewadsworth.org/about/history/.
Zafran, Eric, ed. Renaissance to Rococo: Masterpieces from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, in association with New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004.
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