I had to visit an office at 960 Main Street in Hartford. Anyone who lived near this city prior to this century knows that address – it’s the G Fox building. G. Fox & Co. was the largest privately held department store in the United States in 1965, when it was sold to the May Department Stores Company. The May company eventually acquired department stores everywhere, including Kaufman’s in Pittsburgh, PA. My mother worked for Kaufman’s for years.
While I was waiting for the elevator, a young man next to me started a conversation. I commented at one point that I hadn’t been in the building since it was a store.
“Yes, this was a department store.”
“You mean you could come here and buy stuff?”
“You could buy almost anything.”
“Wow. That must have been a long time ago.”
I just nodded. I didn’t want to encourage questions about horse-drawn carriages.
The Hartford G Fox store was more than the mothership of the chain, it was an Art Deco masterpiece. You felt good walking into that store. In fact, you felt good walking up to the doors, because you walked past the massive store windows. The Editor remembers when those windows would be decorated for Christmas. 500 miles to the southwest, I was being taken to Kaufman’s to see their windows.
After my appointment was finished, I wandered around the few floors that are still accessible. I was glad to see that much of the original building remains intact. Some of the pictures tell the story better than I can. I hope you enjoy this bit of nostalgia from Hartford, Connecticut.
This post is part of Norm Frampton’s fun weekly blog hop featuring doors from around the world. Each week, door aficionados gather at Norm’s blog to admire his doors and exchange links to the doors that they’ve collected. If you like doors, head on up to Norm’s place and check them out.