|Great Architects of New York: Henry J. Hardenbergh|
281 State Street
New London, Conn. 06320
Northeast corner of State Street and Meridian Street.
Originally built to house printing presses, it was converted into a hotel with shops in 1898, and then a department store in 1900. It was later turned back into a hotel, and stayed that way for many years. However, it was converted to a home for the elderly in 1988, which it remains today.
This building, which dominates New London's downtown skyline, gets glorious fading sunlight in the late afternoon. The top three stories were not part of the original building.