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Aetna Life Insurance Company Building

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Identification

Aetna Life Insurance Company Building
Charter Oak Life Insurance Company Building
266422

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Structure in General

high-rise building
demolished [destroyed]
rigid frame
composite structure
granite
exposed structure
applied masonry
renaissance revival

Usages

commercial office

Facts

  • Originally six stories tall, this building was built by the Charter Oak Life Insurance Company.
  • It was used by Charter Oak from its completion in 1870 until the company's bankruptcy in 1886.
  • It was purchased by Aetna Life Insurance that same year.
  • Extensive renovations were carried out in 1913 by architect Donn Barber, including removal of the mansard roof and a height increse to nine stories.
  • The original building was rebuilt instead of demolished in order to minimize disruption to the company's operations.
  • The addition was supported by a steel frame run through the building to the foundation.
  • The original building was constructed of a combination of steel and masonry, imitating the technique used by Kendall & Gilman in the Equitable Building in New York.

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Location

646-658 Main Street
650 Main Street
06103
Hartford
Connecticut
U.S.A.

Technical Data

150.00 ft
150.00 ft
9
1869
1870
1913
1964
5

Involved Companies

Bryant & Rogers

1913

Donn Barber
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