Phoenix Mutual Life Insurance Building

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Phoenix Life Insurance Company Building
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Phoenix Mutual Life Insurance Building is located in Connecticut
Phoenix Mutual Life Insurance Building
Location One American Row, Hartford, Connecticut
Coordinates 41°46′12″N 72°40′36″W / 41.77000°N 72.67667°W / 41.77000; -72.67667Coordinates: 41°46′12″N 72°40′36″W / 41.77000°N 72.67667°W / 41.77000; -72.67667
Architect Abramovitz, Max
Architectural style Modern Movement
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 04001462[1]
Added to NRHP January 21, 2005

The Phoenix Mutual Life Insurance Building, locally called the "Boat Building", is a notable modernist office building located on Constitution Plaza in Hartford. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the world's first two-sided building. It is home to The Phoenix Companies.

The building was designed by architect Max Abramovitz of Harrison & Abramovitz. The contractor was George A. Fuller Company. Groundbreaking was in 1961, with construction complete in November 1963.

The 13-story tower has only two curved sides, in an unusual and striking shape variously termed an elliptic lenticular cylinder or lenticular hyperboloid. Its height is 212 feet (65 meters); it measures 225 feet on its long axis, and 87 feet wide at its maximum width. The ends point east and west, with sides facing north and south.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.