JCJ Coltsville Office

Hartford, CT

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Key Features
• Adaptive reuse, historic building
• Design to support collaboration and creativity
• Blending original features into a contemporary office environment

Background and Context
In April of 2016, JCJ Architecture relocated the headquarters of its national design practice to the fourth floor of the Coltsville East Armory Building. JCJ was retained to complete the facility evaluation and schematic design for an adaptive re-use and renovation of the seven buildings that comprise the historic Colt Firearms Manufacturing Company several years prior. The renovated 19th and 20th century brick industrial complex now houses an educational facility, apartments, MakerSpace CT, and offices. A museum/ visitor center, conference center, garden, and expanded residential components are envisioned for future development.

Coltsville is on the National Historic Register of Historic Places and the Coltsville site is a National Historic Landmark District. The firms’ new state-of-the-art office occupies the 4th floor of the East Armory just beneath the Colt Firearms Manufacturing Company’s iconic blue onion dome.