• Phoenix Mutual Life Insurance Company Building, Hartford, drawn by Richard Welling, 1973, gift of the Richard Welling Family, 2012.284.4924.

    Phoenix Mutual Life Insurance Company Building, Hartford, drawn by Richard Welling, 1973, gift of the Richard Welling Family, 2012.284.4924.

  • Cubist Reflection, Travelers Tower Reflection, drawn by Richard Welling, 1974, gift of the Richard Welling Family, 2012.284.5222.

    Cubist Reflection, Travelers Tower Reflection, drawn by Richard Welling, 1974, gift of the Richard Welling Family, 2012.284.5222.

  • YMCA Demolition, Pearl Street Side, drawn by Richard Welling, 1974, gift of the Richard Welling Family, 2012.284.5203.

    YMCA Demolition, Pearl Street Side, drawn by Richard Welling, 1974, gift of the Richard Welling Family, 2012.284.5203.

  • Civic Center Roof Destruction, Hartford, drawn by Richard Welling, 1978, gift of the Richard Welling Family, 2012.284.5054.

    Civic Center Roof Destruction, Hartford, drawn by Richard Welling, 1978, gift of the Richard Welling Family, 2012.284.5054.

  • Panorama of Hartford Buildings, drawn by Richard Welling, after 1989, gift of the Richard Welling Family, 2012.284.4985.

    Panorama of Hartford Buildings, drawn by Richard Welling, after 1989, gift of the Richard Welling Family, 2012.284.4985.

(Re)Building Hartford: A City Captured by Artist Richard Welling

Oct 3, 2014 - Apr 25, 2015

Hartford’s urban landscape is always changing. Throughout the city’s history, buildings have been constructed, removed, and re-used, reflecting and shaping the city’s identity. Connecticut artist Richard Welling chronicled the ever-changing Hartford cityscape through detailed ink drawings. Acting as both works of art and documentary snapshots, these drawings reveal the additions and subtractions to and from the city’s architectural skyline in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. In this exhibit, CHS will explore how and why Hartford changed and how it affects us today.


Satellite exhibitions accompany at the Old State House, Hartford Public Library, Firebox Restaurant, and TheaterWorks.

Open until November 30, a satellite exhibit at the Hartford Public Library explores the changing footprint of public schools and other learning centers in Hartford with an emphasis on how these buildings and institutions were affected by urban renewal projects beginning in the 1950s.

Open until February 1, a satellite exhibit at Firebox in Billings Forge explores the history of residential neighborhoods in and near downtown Hartford with an emphasis on the transformations brought by urban renewal projects beginning in the 1950s.

Open until March 14, a satellite exhibition at the Old State House  explores the perceived value and practice of historic preservation in Hartford with an emphasis on how urban renewal projects affected the city’s historic buildings and the preservation movement.

Opening January 15, a satellite exhibit at Theaterworks will visually explore the presence of arts and culture institutions in downtown Hartford with an emphasis on how they were affected by urban renewal projects beginning in the 1950s.

Also, a mobile walking tour app has been developed to help visitors of downtown Hartford explore their surroundings. The app features buildings constructed in the “fourth build” and their impact on how much Hartford has changed.

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Reproductions of several Welling prints are available at CHS and on eBay. Proceeds support the Connecticut Historical Society.