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Smith Edwards Architects Photograph Collection

Identifier: MS-SmithEdwards

Scope and Content

The collection includes 35mm slides, photographic prints, contact sheets, and negatives documenting the renovation of historic Hartford buildings by Smith Edwards Architects. The firm’s work on houses and commercial buildings on Congress Street between 1979 and 1985 is especially well represented. Martin-Belair, a partnership between William B. Martin and Jean R. Belair, Jr., was also involved with this project. Other projects by Smith Edwards include Billings Forge, the Day-Taylor House on Wethersfield Avenue, renovations to the Old State House in 1992, and the South Green Redevelopment Project. Developers Howard Nannen and Madelyn Colon collaborated with Smith Edwards on some of these projects. The collection was organized by the architectural firm prior to its donation to the Hartford History Center and the original order of the folders are preserved. In addition to the photographic material, the folders include paperwork from the photographer Roger Dollarhide who took most of the photographs.


  • 1979-1992

Access Restrictions

The records are stored in a restricted area and therefore may not be available on a same-day basis.

Use Restrictions

See Hartford History Center’s Collection Use policy. Permission to publish from the Smith Edwards Architects Photograph Collection must be obtained in writing from the Executive Director of the Hartford History Center, and a copy of the published work may be requested by the Hartford History Center. The Hartford History Center reserves the right to refuse permission to publish, etc. to those who have not complied with its policies. Use of the collections will normally not be permitted for the purpose of promotion of commercial products and services or political campaigns. Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library reserves the right to limit the number of photographic prints/captures and to restrict the use or reproduction of rare, fragile, or valuable objects.

Historical Note

Smith Edwards Architects was formed by Tyler Smith and Jared Edwards in 1977. Tyler Smith was one of the founders of the Hartford Architecture Conservancy and the firm was known for its preservation work in Hartford, including the rehabilitation of many historic buildings. The firm became Smith Edwards McCoy Architects in 2012 when Kent McCoy was made a partner. In 2017, the firm merged with Quisenberry Arcari Architects of Farmington and continued operating in Farmington under that name.


3.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Photographs of historic buildings in Hartford renovated by Smith Edwards Architects between the 1970s and 1990s.


The collection is arranged in three series, topically and chronologically.

Physical Location

HHC Closed Stacks, Range 18


The collection is closed. Additional accruals are not expected.

Processing Details

Collection was processed by Nancy Finlay

EAD Finding Aid created March 2019 by Kathy Foulke

Smith Edwards Architects Photograph Collection
A Guide to the collection at the Hartford History Center
March 2019
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Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Hartford History Center Repository

Hartford History Center
Hartford Public Library
500 Main St
Hartford CT 06103 USA