225 State Street
The Manwaring Building at 225 State Street was beautifully and carefully restored to its original grandeur about 10 years ago. New oak trim has been added almost throughout the entire building to complement the original oak. New granite walkways in different colors were added on the State Street exterior side and on the walkway from State Street directly to the garage behind the building. The restoration also included travertine marble hallways, marble bathrooms, and lobbies, and an atrium on the 1st level bringing additional light and sun to the lower level office space.
One of the two multi-storied garages in the city is connected to the building by a bridge from the 2nd floor. Tenants in the Manwaring Building parking in the garage can come and go on a covered walkway, part of it interior. The walkway is on the 2nd level of the building and tenants on the 1st and 3rd floor may take the elevator or stairway to the 2nd level and then walked directly to the their car in the garage. There is two-hour parking on main downtown streets and one can almost always find a parking space.
The spaces in the building vary in size from approximately 2500 square feet to 7500 square feet. The Manwaring Building has very good light on three sides because there are no buildings on the north or south sides and the First Congregational Church on its east is set back both from the street and from the lot line as one can see in the photograph.
There is natural light in abundance. A large skylight in the interior atrium adds to the light. In addition, a colorful 9′ X 9′ oil painting by Philip Wofford, a former teacher at Bennington College, brightens the space from its location on the atrium wall.
Wofford has exhibited in New York City at Whitney Biennials, at the National Academy of Art, The George Adams Gallery, The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, in Los Angeles, and elsewhere. He has been awarded a Guggenheim fellowship, three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and a Pollack-Krasner Fellowship for his work.
The Manwaring Building is centrally located. It is one block from City Hall, the main Post Office, the historic New London Public Library, and the historic 1784 courthouse, one of the oldest continuously operating courthouses in the United States. The State and local courts are just here as well. The Manwaring Building could be a good location for a law firm.
Of course, there are many advantages to a downtown location. Within two blocks there are more than 15 restaurants, 2 banks Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, convenient services such as a copy shop, almost across the street, a high quality liquor store, a flower shop, several art galleries, and other downtown services. Even Eugene O’Neill’s favorite bar, Dutch’s Tavern is still serving and only a block away.
The new Coast Guard $80,000,000 Museum has now been announced, on the waterfront, just two blocks away. Just imagine the changes that this will bring to the downtown area. The projected 800,000 annual visitors projected by the Coast Guard will transform downtown New London. Mayor Finizio estimates that this will attract as many as 1 million visitors a year.The new museum will be just across the Amtrak right-of-way from the great HH Richardson 1885 train station. This part of New London is a transportation center. Every day and multiple times three ferries originate here and carry cars and passengers to Block Island, Fishers Island, and Orient Point. Amtrak has 11 northbound and 11 southbound trains daily that stop here including one Acela in each direction. Grayhound buses stop here on their way between New York and Boston. A local train service for commuters and others also operates between New London and New Haven with stops along the way. All of the city buses stop here as well. This center of transportation is just a three minute walk from our building.
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George H. Waterman, III