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Students in the Community HARTBomb

Architecture Students Take Part in HARTBomb Campaign to Save Endangered Buildings

On Feb. 13, University of Hartford architecture students and Professor Ted Sawruk “HARTBombed” two properties on Farmington Avenue, including the historic diner pictured above.

On Saturday, February 14, the Hartford Preservation Alliance (HPA) announced its “Top Ten Most Endangered Buildings List” with a HARTBomb event to bring attention to the vacant and/or underutilized historic building treasures in Hartford.

What is HARTBomb?

“Heart Bombing” was started on February 14, 2013 by the Buffalo Young Preservationists (BYP) and is now growing into a national grassroots movement. Volunteers made Valentines for endangered buildings and then displayed them. That first year, BYP chose four buildings from Buffalo’s demolition list and successfully saved all four!

In preparation, students from the American Institute of Architecture Students chapter (AIAS), members of the HPA, and concerned citizens created Valentines at events sponsored by the University of Hartford, the Wadsworth Atheneum, and Hartford Prints.

Annual HARTBomb continues in 2016.

On Friday, February 13, students from the University of Hartford’s AIAS chapter and Professor Ted Sawruk’s second-year design studio HARTBombed two properties on Farmington Avenue. On Valentine’s Day, an intrepid group of HPA staff and concerned community volunteers braved below freezing weather to HARTBomb 270 Albany Avenue.

The mission of the Hartford Preservation Alliance is to revitalize the historic fabric of Hartford, connect us to our heritage, and collaborate to impact community economic development by providing historic preservation and revitalization technical assistance, education, and advocacy for those who live and work in Hartford.