Welcome to the Hartford Preservation Alliance

Our mission is to revitalize the historic fabric of Hartford,
connect us to our heritage and
collaborate to impact community economic development
by providing historic preservation and revitalization technical assistance, education and advocacy for those who live and work in Hartford.


On Saturday February 14, 2015, the Hartford Preservation Alliance announced our Top Ten Most Endangered Building list with a HARTBomb event to bring attention to the vacant and/or underutilized historic building treasures in Hartford.

What is HARTBomb?
“Heart Bombing” was started on February 14, 2013 by the Buffalo Young Preservationists and is now growing into a national grassroots movement. Volunteers handmade Valentines for endangered buildings and then displayed them. That first year, BYP chose four building’s from Buffalo’s demolition list and successfully saved all four!

PicMonkey Collage

On Friday, February 13, 2015 students from the University of Hartford’s American Institute of Architects Student Chapter and Prof. Ted Sawruk’s 2nd year design students HARTBombed two properties on Farmington Avenue.

On Valentine’s Day, an intrepid group of staff and volunteers braved below freezing weather to HARTBomb 270 Albany Avenue with valentines made at 1st Thursday at the Wadsworth and at a HARTBomb evening hosted by Hartford Prints.

Many thanks to all our volunteers who made made valentines for our event and those sturdy preservationists who braved the below freezing temperatures to HARTBomb one of our endangered buildings and everyone who donated to the HARTBomb event.

Special thanks to our HARTBomb partner Hartford Prints for creating our valentines, hosting us at 1st Thursday at the Wadsworth and at their Pratt Street store and especially for loving Hartford every day of the year.

HPA Executive Director Frank Hagaman presented Historic Preservation: The Foundation for Community Economic Development at the 2013 TEDx Bushnell Park event.