It was always an amazing thing to have a Richard Meier 1989 building right in downtown Bridgeport. Bridgeport Center’s most impressive feature was the People’s Bank lobby, soaring and pristine with shafts of light dramatically slicing through the vast space.
The People’s Bank service area moved to more modest quarters, nothing awful but a little pedestrian, at the end of the building. Now the original lobby is sealed off, the sounds of construction work emanating from inside.
His other buildings are typical of what he’s built in Bridgeport – filled with air, light and energy. I always remember the feeling of uplift while standing in line for something mundane like depositing a check.
The building is not protected by any kind of preservation law or covenant with the architect. The owners were allowed to make any modifications, including signage or those inappropriate flagpoles, 10 years after completion. It’s been 16 years and the building is on its way to being unrecognizable as an important piece of architecture.
Someone please tell me it’s just spring cleaning.