Friday, January 27, 2012

Flat Iron

This pie-shaped building is wedged between Congress and Free Streets. This is the upper H.H. Hay Drug Building. You learn something knew every day, as they say. I never knew that there was an 'upper and lower' building, but there is. The lower building is located at Free and Middle Streets. This building has a very interesting history. The bottom two stories were built by Charles Quincy Clapp in 1826 and then later in 1922 the top floor was added by another renowned city architect, John Calvin Stevens. My Mom worked at the drug store in her early twenties. I always though it was in this building, but now I'm not quite sure. Today, the bottom floor is a Starbucks(make mine a Grande Pike's Peak!), while the Flat Iron Art Gallery(get it flat iron?) decorates the upper floors. This is a favorite Starbucks of mine. It's a fine spot to grab the Globe or Times and glance out the windows as the world goes by.





17 comments:

  1. you've caught this wonderfully odd little section of town beautifully and nice research, too.

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  2. I've always been intrigued by flat-iron buildings, and it seems that many towns have one, two or more! Nice shot and info!!

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  3. What a crazy little building, but I don't get the flat-iron part. The shape? I'll go google . . .

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  4. I LOVE doors, and this certainly is a beauty! I definitely would frequent this Starbucks too.

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  5. Does your coffee cup get squished in this building? Reminds me of buildings I've seen in Europe. One does not see them so much in this country.

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  6. What an interesting building. That would be a great place for a Starbuck's... Like you said, sit and watch the world go by!!!!!
    Betsy

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  7. It does look like a great place Birdman, my question is ....what the heck is a 'Grande Pike's Peak"??

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  8. We have a flat iron building here too. I think the ground floor is now a pub.

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  9. What a great place for a Starbucks. My favorite place for a coffee.

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  10. What a marvelous building to sit and read the paper while enjoying a cup of java. -- barbara

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  11. Triple venti nonfat latte, please. I need a lot of stimulation. Nice detail withe the HHH on a shield. Hubert Horatio Humphrey? I'm dating myself.

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  12. Nice image, Birdman. I can't say that I know of a flatiron building in Hartford, but I will look. Starbucks? Another word for "home." Mine is a grande Pike, too. I'll meet you there.

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  13. You did see there is a 5.00 charge for whining, right? LOL. i love this red door.

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