Smith Edwards Architects Photograph Collection

A Guide to the collection at the Hartford History Center


Collection Overview

Repository: Hartford History Center, Hartford Public Library Hartford, Connecticut
Creator: Smith Edwards Architects
Title: Smith Edwards Architects Photograph Collection
Dates: 1979-1992
Extent: 3.5 linear feet
Abstract: Photographs of historic buildings in Hartford renovated by Smith Edwards Architects between the 1970s and 1990s.
Location: HHC Closed Stacks, Range 18
Language: English

Historical Note

Smith Edwards Architects was formed by Tyler Smith and Jared Edwards in 1977. Tyler Smith was one of the founders of the Hartford Architecture Conservancy and the firm was known for its preservation work in Hartford, including the rehabilitation of many historic buildings. The firm became Smith Edwards McCoy Architects in 2012 when Kent McCoy was made a partner. In 2017, the firm merged with Quisenberry Arcari Architects of Farmington and continued operating in Farmington under that name.

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Scope and Content

The collection includes 35mm slides, photographic prints, contact sheets, and negatives documenting the renovation of historic Hartford buildings by Smith Edwards Architects. The firm’s work on houses and commercial buildings on Congress Street between 1979 and 1985 is especially well represented. Martin-Belair, a partnership between William B. Martin and Jean R. Belair, Jr., was also involved with this project. Other projects by Smith Edwards include Billings Forge, the Day-Taylor House on Wethersfield Avenue, renovations to the Old State House in 1992, and the South Green Redevelopment Project. Developers Howard Nannen and Madelyn Colon collaborated with Smith Edwards on some of these projects. The collection was organized by the architectural firm prior to its donation to the Hartford History Center and the original order of the folders are preserved. In addition to the photographic material, the folders include paperwork from the photographer Roger Dollarhide who took most of the photographs.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged in three series, topically and chronologically.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The records are stored in a restricted area and therefore may not be available on a same-day basis.

Use Restrictions

See Hartford History Center’s Collection Use policy. Permission to publish from the Smith Edwards Architects Photograph Collection must be obtained in writing from the Executive Director of the Hartford History Center, and a copy of the published work may be requested by the Hartford History Center. The Hartford History Center reserves the right to refuse permission to publish, etc. to those who have not complied with its policies. Use of the collections will normally not be permitted for the purpose of promotion of commercial products and services or political campaigns. Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library reserves the right to limit the number of photographic prints/captures and to restrict the use or reproduction of rare, fragile, or valuable objects.

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Subject Headings

Personal Names

Belair, Jean R., Jr.
Colon, Madelyn
Dollarhide, Roger
Edwards, Jared
Martin, William B.
Nannen, Howard
Smith, Tyler

Corporate Names

Arrow-Hart & Hegeman
Billings Forge
Hartford Architecture Conservancy
Martin Belair
Old State House (Hartford, Conn.)
Royal Typewriter Company
Smith Edwards Architects

Subjects

Apartment houses
Architectural firms
Commercial buildings
Construction
Demolition
Dwellings
Historic preservation
Restaurants
Urban renewal

Geographic names

Congress Street (Hartford, Conn.)
Hartford (Conn.)

Genre Terms

Photographs

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Item, Collection Title, Box #. Hartford History Center, Hartford Public Library, Hartford, Connecticut.

Processing Details

Collection was processed by Nancy Finlay

EAD Finding Aid created March 2019 by Kathy Foulke

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Contents:

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Photographs
Box Folder
1 1 Billings Forge Redevelopment Project, 140 Russ Street, 1980-1981
1 2 15, 17, 19 Charter Oak Place, 1981
Box Folder
2 1 Congress Street, completed apartments, 1983
2 2 Congress Street, elevations, 1982
2 3 Congress Street, problem areas, 1984
2 4 Congress Street, south building progress, 1984
Box Folder
3 1 Congress Street, copies of old photographs, 1984
3 2 Congress Street, Morris and Alden Street, porches and elevations, 1982
3 3 Congress Street, porches and elevations, 1982
3 4 Congress Street, progress and elevations, 1982
Box Folder
4 1 Congress Street, redevelopment project, 1979-1985
Box Folder
5 1 Congress Street, redevelopment project, 1980-1985
5 2 Congress Street, 65 Wethersfield Avenue, interior, exterior views, 1982-1983
5 3 Day-Taylor House (Hartford Architecture Conservancy), Wethersfield Avenue, 1977
5 4 Day-Taylor House (Hartford Architecture Conservancy), Wethersfield Avenue, Frog Hollow 1977
5 5 Day-Taylor House (Hartford Architecture Conservancy), Wethersfield Avenue, 1979
5 6 Day-Taylor House (Hartford Architecture Conservancy), Wethersfield Avenue, 1979
5 7 Day-Taylor House (Hartford Architecture Conservancy), Wethersfield Avenue, open house, 1979
Box Folder
6 1 Martin Belair Developers, Atlantic Screwworks Building, Congress Street, 1979
6 2 Martin Belair Developers, Atlantic Screwworks Building, Congress Street, 1979
6 3 Martin Belair Developers, Church Street building, 1979
6 4 Martin Belair Developers, Congress Street, 1978
6 5 Congress Street, 1979-1980
6 6 Congress Street, 1979
6 7 Congress Street, 1979-1980
6 8 Congress Street, 1979-1981
6 9 17-19 Congress Street, 1979
6 10 26 Congress Street, 1979-1980
Box Folder
7 1 Martin Belair Developers, 27 Congress Street, 1979-1980
7 2 Martin Belair Developers, 26, 27 Congress Street, 1979
7 3 Martin Belair Developers, 34 Congress Street, 1980
7 4 Martin Belair Developers, 38 Congress Street, 1980
7 5 Martin Belair Developers, 37-39 Congress Street, 1980
7 6 Martin Belair Developers, 42-44 Congress Street, 1980
7 7 Martin Belair Developers, 64-66 Congress Street, 1980
7 8 Martin Belair Developers, Congress Street update, 1980
7 9 Martin Belair Developers, Imlay Street, rear views, 1979
7 10 Martin Belair Developers, Congress Street Project doorways, 1980
7 11 Martin Belair Developers, HABS documentation of Congress Street redevelopment houses, 1979
7 12 Dean Street, Alden Street, 1979-1980?
Box Folder
8 1 Martin Belair Developers, Franklin Avenue and Brown Street doorway, undated
8 2 Martin Belair Developers, 22-24 Maple Avenue, 1979
8 3 Martin Belair Developers, 54-58 Maple Avenue, 26 Congress debris, 1980
8 4 Martin Belair Developers, 54-58 Maple Avenue, 26 Congress Street debris, 1980
8 5 Martin Belair Developers, 12-20 Morris Street, demolition, undated
8 6 Martin Belair Developers, 64-66 Morris Street, 1979
8 7 Martin Belair Developers, 68-70 Morris Street, 1979
8 8 Martin Belair Developers, 49-51 Morris Street, 1980
8 9 Martin Belair Developers, 65 Wethersfield Avenue, 1979
Box Folder
9 1 Smith Edwards Architecture, 1978
9 2 Smith Edwards Architects, Atheneum roof, 1981
9 3 Smith Edwards Architects, Arrow-Hart complex, 1979-1980
9 4 Smith Edwards Architects, Arrow-Hart complex, 1980
9 5 Smith Edwards Architects, Billings Forge, including copies of floor plans, 1981
9 6 Smith Edwards Architects, Billings Forge, open house, 1981
9 7 Smith Edwards Architects, Billings Forge, 1981
9 8 Smith Edwards Architects, Billings Forge, 1981
9 9 Smith Edwards Architects, 44-52 Buckingham Street, 1979-1981
Box Folder
10 1 Smith Edwards Architects, 450 Capitol Avenue, 1980
10 2 Smith Edwards Architects, 470 Capitol Avenue, 1981-1983
10 3 Smith Edwards Architects, Congress Street, 1981
10 4 Smith Edwards Architects, Congress Street, streetscapes, 1983
10 5 Smith Edwards Architects, Connecticut State Capitol, 1979
10 6 Smith Edwards Architects, Day-Taylor House, third floor, Wethersfield Avenue, 1979
10 7 Smith Edwards Architects, Day-Taylor House, Wethersfield Avenue, 1979
10 8 Smith Edwards Architects, Day-Taylor House, Wethersfield Avenue, 1979
10 9 Smith Edwards Architects, 79 Elm Street, 1983
10 10 Smith Edwards Architects, Hartford College for Women, 1981
10 11 Smith Edwards Architects, Hartford Public Library, 1980
10 12 Smith Edwards Architects, Heritage Group, 1981
10 13 Smith Edwards Architects, Hotel Capitol, Main Street, 1979
Box Folder
11 1 Smith Edwards Architects, Labor Temple, Park Street, 1979
11 2 Smith Edwards Architects, 195 Retreat Avenue, 1981
11 3 Smith Edwards Architects, Madelyn Colon Real Estate office, Park Street, 199-?
11 4 Smith Edwards Architects, McKone Building, Main Street, 1979
11 5 Smith Edwards Architects, 64-66 Morris Street, 1979
11 6 Smith Edwards Architects, 68-70 Morris Street, 1979
11 7 Smith Edwards Architects, Howard Nannen, 15 Charter Oak Place, houses and carriage house, 1980?
11 8 Smith Edwards Architects, Howard Nannen, 19 Charter Oak Place, 1980
11 9 Smith Edwards Architects, Old State House, 1992
11 10 Smith Edwards Architects, Peck House, Main Street near South green, 1979
11 11 Smith Edwards Architects, Phoenix Building; 470 Capitol Avenue; Morgan Wing, 1983
Box Folder
12 1 Smith Edwards Architects, Pratt Street, 1992
12 2 Smith Edwards Architects, 195 Retreat Avenue, 1981
12 3 Smith Edwards Architects, Royal Typewriter aerials, 1981
12 4 Smith Edwards Architects, Royal Typewriter Building, 1981
12 5 Smith Edwards Architects, slide copies, 1978
12 6 Smith Edwards Architects, Townley Street Apartments, 1979
12 7 Smith Edwards Architects, Townley Street Apartments, 1979
12 8 Smith Edwards Architects, Tyler Smith residence interiors, 1980
12 9 74 Union Place, 1978
12 10 William Martin, Congress Street model, 1978
12 11 William Martin, HUD, South Green redevelopment buildings, 1978
Box Folder
13 1 Miscellaneous photographs, undated
13 2 Miscellaneous photographs, undated
13 3 Miscellaneous photographs, undated
13 4 Miscellaneous contact sheets, undated
13 5 Miscellaneous slides, undated
13 6 Miscellaneous negatives and receipts, 1991-1992