It is very hard to believe that the disaster at the Hartford Civic Center was 35 years ago today.
I was a young budding photographer trying to get a portfolio built. Little did I know that images that I took that day would help set up my career path.
Here are a few photos that I took of the Civic Center, just hours after the roof fell in under the weight of ice and snow from a hotel across the street.
Here are some interesting facts about the Civic Center disaster:
The roof fell in at 4:19am after a Uconn basketball game against Umass. Uconn won 56-49.
Four thousand, four hundred, and fifty five pieces of metel were bolted together to form the roof.
The roof occupied 2 1/2 acres of space.
The roof was not called “the roof”. It was called “The Space Frame”.
The Space frame weighed 1400 tons.
The Mayor of Hartford at the time was George Athanson.
The Gov. at the time was Ella Grasso.
The name of the winter storm which caused the snowfall was called “Igor”.
Debris littered sidewalks all over the center of the city.