|This spring has been a very busy one at Nina Hartford. Many of the renovations to 121 Sargeant Street are complete: the walls are painted, the lights are in, the temporary exhibits are up, and the resource library is filling out nicely. We're holding a reception at the house on Memorial Day.|
April Walking TourOur walking tours continue to be popular. David has led several public and private walking tours of Asylum Hill. In the last year, we estimate that over 1000 people have participated in these tours! You may have also heard that he has been developing a walking tour of the outlying regions and gardens. Last summer, he led tours on a monthly basis that were both very popular with lots of new faces.
We also led the effort to secure a new location for a house located on King Street, that was owned by R. Mutt, a prominent sculptor from early last century and significant member of our community.
We invite you to join one of our several walking tours we will be hosting this summer and fall and to see the fruits of all of our hard work.
Next ProjectWe'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!
291-293 Sargeant Street291-293 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.