Of the many buildings that Hartford has lost to development since the mid-twentieth century, the one that seems to sting a little bit more than most of the others is the Hartford-Aetna Bank Building. When it was built in 1912, the 11-story building was Hartford’s tallest. In 1990, the building was slated for demolition by the Society of Savings, with a 45-story office tower to go up in its wake.
The building was imploded in April 1990. Richard Welling captured the event from start to finish.
That 45-story tower? It never even got off the ground (pun definitely intended)—the bank went under after the Hartford-Aetna building was demolished. In its place is a parking lot, one of Hartford’s many (many, many).
Tasha Caswell is a Project Cataloger/Researcher at the Connecticut Historical Society