Welcome To NINA

NINA is Northside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance, Inc., a non-profit founded by Aetna, The Hartford, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, and Webster Bank.

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Some of Our Past Projects

The Zunner Building: named in honor of the architect who designed the building, George Zunner, who was one of the most prolific architects in Hartford. NINA bought this building in 2006, and it became NINA's biggest project to date: 6 years and $2.5 million. The project completely overhauled the building: NINA reduced the number and enlarged the size of the apartments, adding air-conditioning and laundry in each apartment, re-created an entire floor as office space, and completely updated the retail space.

NINA's first project in the Nook Farm district of Asylum Hill, this classic 1875 Italianate was restored to its original look and footprint from a vacant three-family home. The home is the gateway to the neighborhood, and it can be viewed from the highway, the train, and the rapid transit busway. In fact, this project is the first example of transit-oriented development associated with CTfastrak in Hartford. Winner, 2015 Hartford Preservation Alliance Award for Best Historic Restoration.

One of the most unique houses that NINA has ever worked on. Beneath two layers of shingles, we found much of the original wood shingles intact, including the "fish scale shakes" in the gables and in between the first and second floors, and it has two front doors, despite having been built as a single-family home.

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Before and After

291-293 Sargeant Street

291-293 Sargeant Street was built as two, side-by-side units with a brick firewall running through the center of the structure, and the house is symmetrical along the firewall. The design of the house reflected an emerging trend toward architectural symmetry that was becoming more prevalent at the turn of the Twentieth Century, and it integrates a mix of Colonial Revival and Queen Anne elements that is very common in the Sigourney Square District. The windows are arranged in pairs to create a balanced composition, which was favored under the Colonial Revival style, while the exterior wall treatment clapboard along the first floor with staggered shingles on the upper stories is more commonly associated with the Queen Anne style. This eclectic mix is reflected throughout the neighboring homes, all of which were built during this same period in Hartford's history, and these homes remain largely intact today. NINA acquired the home and began its rehabilitation of the home in 2008 following a fire in December 2007 that caused significant damage to the third floor.


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We've gotten underway at 94-96 Ashley Street. This two-family brick Victorian was built in the 1890s, probably by Frederick Mahl, who also built as many as eight homes on Ashley Street between Huntington (w) and Garden Streets. NINA previously worked on homes Mr. Mahl built at 30-32 Ashley, 47 Ashley, and 51 Ashley. Stay tuned for more information as NINA gets underway on its other projects!

Did You Know?

The 2017 Summer Walking Tours Series "The Street on which I Live(d)" June 21 Noon Starting Location: Southwest Corner of Farmington and Broad, in front of the YWCA Frank Hagaman will take you on a stroll down his own personal memory lane as he leads this tour of Capitol Avenue down to Columbia Street, where he lived 30 years ago. Along the way, there will be stops at Capitol Lofts, Red Rock Ca

Placing the Commemorative Cornerstone, 21 Ashley Street

NINA held a ceremony to place a commemorative cornerstone at 21 Ashley Street.  The house is now firmly ensconced at its new location, and the next step will be to build the front porch.