Not that you need an excuse to hit Hartford’s one-of-a-kind Firebox Restaurant for dinner, but we’ve just installed an exhibit there, so you can feed your belly AND your noggin with good things. The collection of historic photographs and illustrations—which you’ll find on the walls of the restaurant and bar until February 1—is one of four satellite exhibits we’re installing throughout Hartford, part of our exploration of the city’s built environment in recent history. Visit CHS.ORG/HARTFORD for more info about these exhibits, including the two major installations here at the CHS: (Re)Building Hartford: A City Captured by Artist Richard Welling and Hartford Seen: Photographs by Pablo Delano.
The show at Firebox Restaurant, in Hartford’s Frog Hollow neighborhood, focuses on changes in the residential landscape in and around downtown Hartford. The restaurant is an apt venue, as it is managed by Billings Forge Community Works, the nonprofit that manages the restaurant as well as the renovated apartments in the former Billings & Spencer factory, not to mention an art studio, two cafés, a community garden, and a farmer’s market.
Here’s a sneak peak at some of the illustrations you’ll find on the industrial brick walls at the Firebox restaurant exhibit over the next few months. Don’t miss it!