State Office Building | 79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT


In the newly constructed addition, every attempt was made to respect, but not mimic, this historic building. The new and old portions of the project are linked by a glazed skylit atrium, allowing the viewer to understand the volume of the original building and providing a close-up perspective of the beautiful terracotta and tile ornament.


The marble and terrazzo elevator lobbies were restored and the bronze elevator doors, frames, and hall position indicators were preserved. Through careful paint analysis, the auditorium space and the main barrel-vaulted lobby were restored to their original color schemes.


Finishes in the paneled meeting rooms and offices were preserved, and new pendant lighting fixtures installed in the locations of the originals. The mechanical systems for these spaces make use of the original grilles and louvers to minimize their impact on the space. The remaining interiors, which were not of historic interest, were upgraded and modernized into open office space.



  • Cost: $25.2 million