A mystery man in Hartford?


Who is Dr. Benjamin Luntz.? An answer to a future Jeopardy question?

As I’ve noted before, one of the benefits to picking up running as a hobby is the deeper appreciation for the city I’ve lived in for the past three years. And with that appreciation comes awareness for things I generally have overlooked.

This brings me to a window – yes, a window – on a vacant building in downtown Hartford, Conn. While running past 111 Pearl Street over the last few months, I can’t help but notice a sign for one Dr. Benjamin Luntz.  Obviously, he was a dentist back in the day, but each time I pass the window, I want to know more. Was he the last tenant in the building? Was he dentist to the Hartford stars, thus affording him the perk of a window pane for an infinite amount of time? Heck, even a Google search on Dr. Luntz has turned up empty on this Hartford mystery man.

So, while this has nothing to do with running, I figured I’d throw it out there. Do you have any insight into who Dr. Luntz was and/or why he gets free marketing in downtown?

Until later,

PS – While 111 Pearl St. is vacant, the street-level portion of the building looks fantastic. Click here for more details on why.


One Comment Add yours

  1. Elliott Nadelman says:


    Dr. Lester Luntz, was a Hartford dentist with a national reputation as one of the nation’s first forensic dentists — those guys who dig around in the mouths of the unidentified, looking for clues. Lester, who died in 1996, and his wife, Phyllys, wrote the first American textbook on forensic dentistry. Frank’s grandfather, Dr. Benjamin Luntz, also was a Hartford dentist, for 58 years.

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