Interior view of The Warner Theatre in downtown Torrington.

In the northwest corner of Connecticut, you will come to find an array of art -deco architecture, especially within downtown Torrington. This style of design is unlike anything you’ve ever seen, and often attracts many visitors to the region. Establishments like the Warner Theatre are a prime example of this and will have you snapping up pictures in no time.  The style of art deco was originated in Paris in the early part of the 20th century. Many places across America feature art deco design such as New York Cities Chrysler building. Here in Torrington, however, we have the largest concentration of Art-Deco buildings in the entire state of Connecticut, which is all thanks largely to a construction boom of the 1930’s. In 1988, downtown Torrington was classified as a National Historic District, all because of its magnificent Art-Deco architecture! It’s no wonder why we draw so many tourists to the area! 

Art-Deco entryway in downtown Torrington.

As Torrington moves forward with progress downtown, this is certainly one key attraction. I mean, who wouldn’t want their business in one of these buildings? A taste of old world America right here in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut, a region visited by many simply because of its small town ways, it’s laid back atmosphere, and its many picturesque views. Torrington, however, serves as an arts and cultural destination of Litchfield County and with buildings like these, you just can’t help but to imagine the possibilities. The empty storefronts of today, can become the boutiques, restaurants, and coffee houses of tomorrow. Perfect for those looking to spend some quality time taking in the sights of these gorgeous structures. Torrington Downtown Partners have done a tremendous job of making this dream, one step closer to reality. They are focused on the revitalization efforts in the downtown and have welcomed the public as investors, a crowdsourced investment to make members of the community a huge part in downtown revitalization. With projects like this going, tourists and residents alike will be sure to enjoy Torrington’s art-deco sights in no time!

View of downtown Torrington through the lens of 60b Photography.

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