Downtown
The Rack

The central business district of the city, Downtown is where most of the city's Elysia and popular feeding grounds are.



The Aurora Hotel

Formerly the Hartford Hilton, this uninterseting old hotel was purchased privately and rennovated in 2001 to become the 1920s-inspired Aurora. It was the site of the 2006 November Court and continues to be the site of many Kindred gatherings.



The Goodwin Hotel

Description: Hartford's premier business and social address anchoring Goodwin Square, downtown, across from the civic center in the heart of the business district, close to government offices, commerce and culture.



Club Metamorphosis

Description: Stast's goth club, located behind the Wadsworth, and between the Elk's Club and the Hartford Club.





The Wadsworth Atheneum

Declared Elysium: Traditional.

Description: Established in 1842, the Wadsworth Atheneum is America's oldest public art museum. Named for its founder, arts patron Daniel Wadsworth (1771-1848), and after the Athenaeum in Rome (itself named for Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom), it was the first American museum to acquire works by Caravaggio, Frederic Church, Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, Piet Mondrian, Joseph Cornell and Max Ernst. Today our Hudson River School landscapes, Old Master paintings, modernist masterpieces, Meissen and Sevres porcelains, early American furniture and decorative arts, and MATRIX contemporary art shows are world-renowned.

Beginning in 1927 under Director A. Everett Austin, Jr., the Wadsworth became a mecca for innovation and experimentation. Austin created one of the most important collections of baroque art in America and gave the Wadsworth a national reputation for artistic leadership in daring. In 1931, the museum held the first exhibition of surrealism in America. In 1934, the museum mounted the first major Picasso retrospective in America and hosted the world premiere of Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson's opera, Four Saints in Three Acts. Stein and Thomson, Salvador Dal’, Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius, Agnes de Mille, and Martha Graham all appeared at the museum during the Austin era.



The Bushnell Theater

Declared Elysium: On December 27th, 2002 by Prince Charles Dayne.

Description: The Horace Bushnell Memorial Hall opened January 13, 1930. It was built by Dotha Bushnell Hillyer as a "living memorial" to her father, the Reverend Dr. Horace Bushnell (1802-1876), esteemed Hartford minister, theologian, philosopher and civic leader. Designed by the renowned architectural firm of Corbett, Harrison and MacMurray, designers of New York's Radio City Music Hall, The Bushnell vividly contrasted a traditional Georgian Revival exterior with a rich Art Deco interior. Drama, the largest hand-painted ceiling mural of its type in the United States,was suspended from the Hall's roof by numerous metal supports. The work of Barry Faulkner, this timeless painting cost $50,000 to create in 1929. A new 90,000 square-foot facility, built adjacent to the current Mortensen Hall, opened in November 2001 and included the 907-seat Maxwell M. and Ruth R. Belding Theater and such amenities as a cafe, a gift shop, classroom space and more rest rooms. In addition, there were private dining and entertainment suites and reception spaces.

Unfortunately, it was burned to the ground early in 2003, and underwent reconstruction until January 2005.



The Old State House

Declared Elysium: On December 27th, 2002 by Prince Charles Dayne.

Description: This is where Connecticut's citizens have shaped and reshaped the state's democratic heritage. The building was designed by the noted architect, Charles Bulfinch, and completed in 1796.

Tourists from around the world, school children, neighborhood and civic groups, corporations and public officials enjoy the restored rooms, living history programs, special events, exhibitions, and the museum shop.