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Allyn House: 1908

Allyn House: 1908

Circa 1908. "Allyn House, Hartford, Conn." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Interesting Detail

The building, to the right with the rug shop, seems to overlap the front wall of the hotel proper. I wonder if that structure was part of the hotel. Probably not as the floors don't seem to line up correctly. Curious. Or built later? A good question for a Surveyor.

Someone is slacking off

I see the street sweepers broom, but no sign of the street sweeper. Think he snuck into the drug store for a cream soda? He better get finished- there is work for him out on the street. And it may be a coincidence, but the broom is right near the storm drain- they didn't just sweep the 'debris' into the storm drain did they?

Allyn House

According to the Connecticut Historical Society, the Allyn house was the finest hotel in Hartford when constructed in 1857. It was designed by Octavius J. Jordan and was located near the railroad station. It was demolished in 1960.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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