Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Unseen Pictures of the Hartford Civic Center Roof Collapse
Built in 1975, the Civic Center's collapse has been attributed to a faulty, cost-cutting design in the roof. As seen in the pictures here, the snow that night wasn't particularly heavy, most reports have it at six inches.
The Civic Center was reopened in 1980 and continues to be in use today. These long buried photos were recovered by Sad City reader Paula Jean and were taken by fellow reader Jeff The Shot.
The photos are dated January 1978 and are believed to have been taken from the Gold Building. One can see lots of structures that are still standing and a good deal that are gone. Notable in the second photo is the familiar The Hartford building.
We are intrigued by the bright mural in the lower left hand corner. It's hard to make out what exactly it is but it looks very kewl. These photos show us a glimpse at what Hartford looked like in the Jimmy Carter era and is another perspective on one of Hartford's greatest disasters.