Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Spaghetti Warehouse Billboard Building
From Mick Melvin:
This building is an unsolved mystery for me. It sits on a property with a few other buildings on Bartholomew St. in Hartford, CT. The painted sign on the front of the building reads, "Spaghetti Warehouse," and functioned as an advertisement for the restaurant (next door) because it could be seen from the highway (Route I-84), but there has been no activity in this building for some time.
I first saw the building from the rear while driving on Francis St. in Hartford and wondered what was in front. The rear of the building looked old and weathered. When I got to the front of the building, I saw the huge painted on sign. Upon closer inspection, I noticed the building's keystone with a date of 1912. I attempted to look up the history of the building, but have come up with nothing so far. It looks as though it was some sort of factory warehouse building. It is nestled up against the railroad tracks at the rear and sits in a rather large parking lot.
This building is on sale as a package deal with the building that housed the restaurant. The Spaghetti Warehouse is a nationwide chain that was started in Dallas, TX, in the '70s and presently has restaurants from Texas to Ohio. The Spaghetti Warehouse in Hartford opened in 1993 and closed by 1996. As of right now, the only information I have about the mysterious building is that it was used as a billboard.