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Boat Building

The Boat Building Phoenix's headquarters at One American Row in Hartford is a major architectural landmark in the city and an exceptionally significant example of the Modernist architectural style. Completed in 1963, the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building is only open for tours during specials occassions.

Distinguished by its unique form and lenticular plan, the building was designed by Max Abramovitz, a recognized 20th century master. Abramovitz -- widely acclaimed for his role in designing two of New York City's landmarks, the United Nations and Lincoln Center -- envisioned the locally dubbed "boat building" as a reflection of a daring and progressive company.

The construction of One American Row cemented Phoenix's commitment to the renewal of Hartford, where the company was founded in 1851, and reflected its forward-thinking and innovative business approach. The building played a pivotal role in the early 1960s urban renewal movement after the company's decision to remain in Hartford assured the development of the adjacent Constitution Plaza complex. Constitution Plaza was the first urban renewal project in Connecticut and one of the earliest in the nation.

From its ground breaking in 1961, state and national newspapers reported on every step of the design and construction process, and in 1964, the first year of operation, 12,000 visitors toured the facility. Its "cutting edge" concept of 50 years ago remains stunningly contemporary and a distinctive presence on the Hartford skyline.

In 2010, the building was awarded Silver Leed® certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, and is one of a small number of buildings that are both Leed® certified and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 2013, the plaza surrounding the building was renovated with environmentally friendly planted areas. The "green" plaza renovation was the first completed private property piece of Hartford's iQuilt Plan, which promotes creative urban design to strengthen pedestrian links between downtown destinations.

One American Row Facts

  • It is the world's first two-sided office building.
  • The 13-story tower is properly called an elliptic lenticular cylinder.
  • The tower is 225 feet along its axis and 87 feet wide at maximum width.
  • It's oriented so that its pointed ends face east and west and the sides face north and south.
  • The building was designed by one of the nation's foremost architectural firms, Harrison & Abramovitz, of New York.
  • Ground was broken in 1961 and the contractor, George A. Fuller Company, completed construction in November 1963.

The Boat Building's Beginnings 1961-1963
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Breaking Ground Modern Landmark New Downtown Headquarters Plaza Promenade Icon of Innovation Shipshape

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