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Downtown Hartford
City Place I and Goodwin Square
City Place I and Goodwin Square
Country United States
State Connecticut
NECTA Hartford
Region Capitol Region
Time zone EST

The Downtown area of Hartford, Connecticut, is that city's primary business district and the center of Connecticut's state government.


Downtown Hartford is home to such corporations as The Hartford, Travelers Insurance, Hartford Steam Boiler, Phoenix Insurance, Aetna and United Technologies Corporation, most of which are housed in office towers constructed over the last 20–30 years. Downtown also serves as the hub for bus routes of Connecticut Transit Hartford. Union Station is located in the western part of downtown.

Downtown is also home to the Hartford City Hall, the Hartford Public Library, which is undergoing a major expansion and renovation, the Old State House, which is one of the oldest state houses in the nation, the Wadsworth Atheneum which is the oldest public art museum in the country, Travelers Tower, historic Hotel Bond, Bushnell Park, and the Connecticut State Capitol and Legislative Office Complex.

The south downtown area south of Bushnell Park is the site of several imposing buildings built in the early decades of the 20th century as the headquarters for large insurance companies. The Scottish Union and National Insurance Company building, in the Georgian Revival style, was built in 1913. The Renaissance Revival-style Connecticut General Life Insurance Company building, built in 1926, was inspired by the Medici-Riccardi Palace in Florence, Italy.

Historic places

The downtown area includes eight historic districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places: the Ann Street Historic District, the Buckingham Square Historic District, the Department Store Historic District, the Downtown North Historic District, the Elm Street Historic District, the High Street Historic District, the Main Street Historic District No. 2, and the Pratt Street Historic District.


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