November 15, 2018
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Owner recasts historic Hartford office tower

HBJ File Photo
HBJ File Photo
750 Main St., Hartford.

One of downtown Hartford's earliest and oldest skyscrapers has been recast as an office haven for small- to mid-size tenants and with a new name, The Stark Building at 750 Main St.

New York office landlord Adam Stark says the 17-story office tower, built in 1921 to house Connecticut Trust Co., could be the first of more Connecticut office properties, if not the Hartford area, added to the 11 he now operates, mainly in the New York City metropolitan area.

"We're always looking for opportunities," Stark said Wednesday, the day he showcased the building to area realty brokers earlier and later that evening to invited community guests.

Stark, president of Stark Office Suites and a former Wall Street mergers and acquisitions adviser who professes an abiding interest in older buildings, said he paid $4.3 million for 750 Main a year ago. He said he has since invested more than $1 million in upgrading its mechanical systems, interior lighting and other improvements.

"It's really a cool building,'' he said. "It's the oldest commercial skyscraper in Hartford.''

About 70 percent of the tower's 130,000 square feet of leasable office space is taken. Stark and business partner Ben Blumberg say that along with drawing new tenant interest in the building, some existing tenants are expressing a desire to stay.

Breyone Evans, a veteran New England property manager, manages The Stark Building.

Stark said he is narrowing his search for a tenant to occupy the former CVS retail-store space fronting the State Street side of the tower.

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