Avery Memorial Building, Wadsworth Atheneum (1934)

February 16th, 2011 Posted in Art Deco, Hartford, Museums

The Wadsworth Atheneum art museum in Hartford consists of four connected structures. Three of them can be seen, lined up adjacent to each other, on Main Street: the original Atheneum building (1844), the Colt Memorial Building (1906) and the Morgan Memorial Building (1910). The fourth section, the Avery Memorial Building, is on Atheneum Square and Prospect Street, behind the 1844 building. Samuel P. Avery left his art collection and funds to construct a building to house it. The Avery Memorial, built in 1934, was designed by the firm of Morris & O’Connor to have a minimum of decorative ornament. The interior has the earliest International Style interior of any museum in America.

  1. 3 Responses to “Avery Memorial Building, Wadsworth Atheneum (1934)”

  2. By Ken Ness on Sep 22, 2012

    I have a print that Steven Dohanos did for The Hartford Insurance Group, titled “CANVAS OF AMERICA”. I cannot find any thing aout this print, or when it was done. I have read about him and his paintings but nothing shows up about this one. Do you have any information on this? My print is 32 X 22.
    If you don’t have any info on this, do you know of anyone else I could contact?
    Thank you,
    Ken Ness

  3. By NS on Dec 5, 2012

    Hi Ken,

    I actually had a signed print of this too that I just donated. I believe Dohanos painted Canvas of America for The Hartford who used it for its 1964 agent calendar (there are twelve component parts to create a picture for each month of the calendar).

  4. By Dean on Feb 3, 2013

    Are there any Dohanos paintings at the Avery Memorial? Where are the majority of his works on display/stored?

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