There Are Only Three 500’+ Foot Buildings in Connecticut
What do our bigger neighbors New York and Massachusetts have that Connecticut and Rhode Island don't? Really tall buildings. Did you know that out of all of the buildings in Connecticut, only 3 of them are over 500 feet?
You can probably guess that all three are located in Hartford, the Insurance Capital of the World has the kind of investors that could fund billion dollar builds. Two of the three tallest buildings in Connecticut are in the photo above, and if you've ever driven through on 84 or 81, you know that City Place 1 on Asylum Street has been the tallest building in Connecticut since it was built in 1980. City Place 1 is 535 feet tall, with 38 floors. I worked at Traffic Net on the 33rd Floor in the 1990's, we had a Northeastern view of the Connecticut River Valley, all the way to Springfield, Massachusetts. It was incredible, watching from 400 feet up as planes approached and departed from Bradley.
Travelers Tower, built in 1919, is the second tallest building in Connecticut at 528 feet. This tower was the tallest building in the entire world, except for New York City, at the time. I don't know the history of City Place 1's build in the 70's, but I'm sure there were many battles over their extra seven feet.
The third tallest building of Connecticut, and the only other structure over 500 feet, is Hartford's Goodwin Square. It's the white building to the left of City Place 1 in this photo. Goodwin Square is 522 feet tall, and it was built in 1989.
The fourth tallest building in Connecticut? It's not in Hartford, it's the Sky Tower at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville. Sky Tower is 486 feet tall. Who will build our first 600 footer?
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