#3, Frank D. Rich, SrThe F. D. Rich Company was founded in 1920 by Frank D. Rich Sr. Working with his brothers through the early 1960’s, the company constructed numerous projects that had a common thread……attractive buildings that offered a meaningful service to the communities in which they were built.

In the late 1940’s, the founder’s two sons, Frank D. Rich Jr., and Robert N. Rich, joined the company and together with long time Chief Legal Counsel and Partner, Lawrence Gochberg, they then grew the Company into an internationally active construction company. Its work included military installations, office buildings, hotels and over 15,000 residential units across 24 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. In 1968, the Company was ranked the largest stateside construction contractor for the Department of Defense.

planningOne of the most significant events in the Company’s long and venerable history occurred in 1960 with its selection as the redeveloper of downtown Stamford’s massive urban renewal project. In order to create the dazzling new Stamford skyline the Company tapped internationally renowned architects such as Victor Bisharat, Cesar Pelli, Arthur Erickson, Romaldo Giurgola, Hugh Stubbins and Moshe Safdie to name a few.

In 1971, the Company launched a publicly held subsidiary, F. D. Rich Housing Corporation, whose mission was to create prefabricated multi-family housing by incorporating the HABS System, invented by Frank D. Rich Jr., and patented in 20 countries.

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During the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, the Company added the Stamford Marriott Hotel and the Stamford Town Center Regional Mall, the first of its kind in Fairfield and Westchester Counties.

In the early 1980’s, F. D. “Rick” Rich III, Susan M. Rich and Thomas L. Rich joined the Company and were involved in many substantial development projects including Coldspring New Town in Baltimore, Maryland, as well as the Burnt Store Marina Resort and Condominium, which included the largest marina on the west coast of Florida.

Between 1984 and 1991 through their Boston subsidiary, they were involved in significant development projects which included the one million square foot Commonwealth Center, later developed by Millennium Partners as the Ritz Carlton Hotel and Condominium Towers along with an expansive Reebok Fitness Center.

Ultimately, the renewal effort launched by F. D. Rich and the City of Stamford led to the construction of more than 20 buildings comprising seven million square feet of offices, hotels, apartments and retail stores. The downtown area has been completely reinvigorated and has emerged as the State of Connecticut’s epicenter of commerce, culture, education and urban living.

trump parcSince 1996, under the direction of Thomas L. Rich, the Company continues to thrive and is active throughout Fairfield County. Projects completed since then include the development of the six-screen Bow Tie Majestic Cinema, the Target Super Store, the 115-room Courtyard by Marriott, the 170-unit Park Tower Stamford condominium (formerly Trump Parc Stamford) which, at 35 stories, is city’s tallest building, the 22 story, 228-unit Summer House Stamford apartments, the 82-unit Bedford Hall apartments, the 66-unit SONO Pearl apartments, the 102 room Residence Inn by Marriott Norwalk, and the 129-unit Harbourside SoNo rental community. The Company was also responsible for the land assemblage and project approvals for the two towered 40-story Ritz-Carlton Stamford project, where it divested its ownership interests in 2008. That project was later developed as the Atlantic Station Apartments.  Rich also conceptualized the 160-room Residence Inn by Marriott Stamford, developed by others, on the heels of its sale of the Courtyard Marriott. Finally, the Company assembled the land, development team and secured project approvals for the 641-unit URBY Stamford, which was constructed on a 35-year dormant, 4-acre parcel, infamously called the “hole in the ground.”

In addition to shaping the Stamford skyline, the Rich family has continually played a pivotal role in shaping the city’s cultural landscape. Largely through the vision and tireless efforts of Frank D. Rich Jr., the Stamford Center for the Arts and the Rich Forum were brought to life. Mr. Rich also worked successfully to establish a thriving downtown branch of the University of Connecticut where the main atrium and assembly space is named the Rich Concourse.

tomThrough the Rich Foundation, the Rich family continues to support the arts, education and healthcare. A major gift to the new Mill River Park was recently announced where one of the cafes will be aptly named the Rich Pantry

After more than a century of commitment and almost 50 years of urban renewal, the F. D. Rich Company continues to be one of the most influential developers in the state of Connecticut.

F. D. Rich Company….a rich history of city building.