James J. Barry Bandshell
Built - 1956
The "Silver City" of Meriden started out as a town in 1806 and established itself as a city in 1867. The community is very rich in history and pride by its citizens and boasts a long-time thriving economy due to many manufacturing concerns within the city limits. Its location is ideal being midway between Hartford and New Haven.
The James J. Barry Band Shell in Hubbard Park was built in 1956 by Walter Hubbard as a venue for community entertainment on the far end/center of a large grassy area of the park. The structure was donated to the town by a wealthy benefactor, James J. Barry, so no funds had to be raised for the band shell. The structure is built with rustic brick and stone and should last for many more years to come. It is an open air pavilion with Corinthian columns and is the first bandstand the city had had in its long history.
The band shell plays host to many summer concerts with the big event of the city being the Daffodil Festival which is held in the last week of April.
INFORMATION SUPPLIED BY:
Karrie Lee Buonanni, Clerk
City Clerk's Office