Connecticut National Bank
Hartford is an example of the urban renewal projects taking place in older cities like Boston and New York City. The new modernist style adopted by American cities during the urban renewal period first emerged in Germany, as cities were rebuilt after World War II. German modernism became popular in American architectural schools when internationally famous architect and educator Walter Gropius emigrated to the U.S. in 1937 and began teaching at Harvard's Graduate School of Design.
With the success and fame of modern architects like Walter Gropius and Frank Lloyd Wright, modernism soon became a part of the popular aesthetic. A principle of modernism is "form follows function," meaning that the design of a building should reflect its purpose. Urbanism—a combination of urban planning, modern architecture, and social science—became a course of study in universities.
The Connecticut National Bank Building, designed by Welton Becket in 1967, is a prime example of the modernist architectural style with its simple lines and pre-cast concrete.
It is currently being renovated to house apartments.