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Entertainment Deco Style In Connecticut

 

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From the moment I saw the website on this new entertainment place called “41 Bridge Street” I was hooked, walking in the door, unbelievable. It’s that Art Deco thing, love it. The attention to detail here and the ingenuity is just marvelous.

This new entertainment~banquet facility is in the Collinsville section of Canton, Connecticut.  Collinsville is an antiquated turn-of-the-century industrial village, which has been revitalized.  In 2009, Arthur Frommer named it “one of the top 10 coolest towns in America.”
So, in this “cool” town, is this 8,000 square feet house of fun that includes a bar and eating areas and the main house. This venue has been a long time in coming for Gary Cardillo. He bought it in 1993 and has been working on it ever since.

Cardillo is a guy who grew up in Litchfield and had a thing for music. After a long road of doing a lot of things it has lead to 41 Bridge Street. Music is just one of his passions, he’s an inventor too and a craftsman, an electrical engineer, a father, a husband and many other things. When you add it all up he’s a renaissance man. The more you talk to him the more you can see the ideas spinning around in his head. He too has a thing for Art Deco and most of the lights in the place are authentic, many are from Ebay. The ceiling fans in one of the rooms are not vintage, but look deco. I wanted you to see how the blades worked so I took a little video. Pause for a few seconds from reading a take a look.

This is a labor of love for Cadillo that is now coming to life. But he has a day job too. His company called TechniArt is also housed in the building. The company promotes energy efficient products.

There are outdoor decks wrapped around this facility and the view is of Farmington River, on a warm summer or fall day, just gorgeous. The official opening was October 1, 2010. Bridge Street is now off and running. Below Gary talks about what he sees as the future of the venue and he will also tell you that it was funded in part by a toy, which you might have played with as a kid called “Wake The Wizard.” Remember I said he was an inventor. He sold it to Hasbro and the rest is history. Cardillo’s entrepreneurial spirit is a force to be reckoned with, he’s got a lot more items on his “to-do list.”

 

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2 Comments

  1. Posted October 4, 2010 at 12:47 am | Permalink

    Ann, You are an Art Deco Lady, who is fascinating, inspirational and sincere – we share our #1 love for the architecture of the Chrysler Building in NYC. Thanks for the visit and encouragement. Wow!

    • Annie Mame
      Posted October 4, 2010 at 8:12 am | Permalink

      You are so very welcome, I can’t wait to see how 41 Bridge Street comes alive!