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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Boat Building

The Phoenix Building on Constitution Plaza is one the Hartford's most recognizable landmarks. Most often referred to as the "boat building" we've also heard it called the "football building" amongst other things. Completed in 1963, it is the the world's first two sided building. (No truth to the rumor that we will now be seeking out all two sided buildings in Hartford) The unique shape of the building and its windows can lead to some awesome views like this one captured on recent sunny day. The top floor of the Phoenix Building also provides a great view of downtown, but of course the main attraction of this building is walking directly to the spot where the two sides come together, it's really nothing mind-bending but there's almost no way you can not walk right towards it when you get the chance.


  1. Another cool thing about the building is that the window shades are programmed to open or close automatically. So you can sometimes see all the shades on one side of th building open or close all at once.

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