Once upon a time, four chimera (aka gargoyles) adorned a seven-story art-deco building at the corner of State & Main Street. The historic building, home to Harvey & Lewis Opticians, was demolished in the mid-eighties; the gargoyles were removed and put in storage. These four crouched figures, each representing one element of the optical trade at the time (binoculars, sunglasses, a camera and a broken pair of glasses) returned to downtown Hartford on October 30, and can be viewed in the front windows of the current Harvey & Lewis location on Asylum Street. The installation of the gargoyles is the result of a collaboration between Harvey & Lewis, the Connecticut Historical Society and the iQuilt Partnership.
Last month, Leslie Koch, President of The Land Trust for Governors Island, came to Hartford to participate in the iQuilt’s Creative Cities Conversation. She shared her thoughts on placemaking and lessons learned from the transformation of Governors Island. The complete conversation, and two shorter features on the topics of externalizing assets and private investors vs. public sector are now available on our YouTube channel.
What did you think of the Creative Cities Conversation? You can read what David Panagore and Doug Suisman thought of the evening, below, and we encourage you to share your thoughts with us by email.
There are still some seats available for Wednesday’s Creative Cities Conversation at TheaterWorks Hartford with Leslie Koch, President and CEO of the Trust for Governors Island. Ms. Koch will tell the story of Governors Island, how it was created, and what the future holds for this amazing 172 acre island. The conversation will be led by Doug Suisman of Suisman Urban Design. This event begins at 5:30 pm and is free and open to the public; register here.
About Creative Cities Conversations: In 2012, the Creative Placemaking Funders Symposium featured Carol Coletta as our keynote speaker. Ms. Coletta shared with us her experience in developing cities and building creative communities. Next week the iQuilt Partnership is continuing the conversation with a Creative Cities Conversation with Leslie Koch.