Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Cathedral Lyceum

In 1896 the Cathedral Lyceum was opened to further the moral, intellectual and physical development for an organized fraternity of Catholic young men. It housed a large library, a well-furnished reading room, auditorium and gymnasium. Classes were given in drafting, drawing and vocal music. John Dwyer, a prominent contemporary Hartford architect, conceived the building by using ancient Greek and Roman styles. The Lyceum has a colorful history. In 1920 the building was sold to the Hartford Box Co. In 1940 it became the home of a Lithuanian-American Club. In later years, it was the home of a punk rock dance club, a roller skating business, a hot air balloon maker, an advertising agency, the Connecticut Commission on the Arts and Hartford Area Rally Together (HART).

Lawrence Street.

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