NINA is a community-based non-profit that works on a broad-based strategy to revitalize Asylum Hill. We develop complementary projects and programs that create a livable neighborhood, one in which neighbors and stakeholders work together to promote the quality of life here.
Our Past Projects
Since 2003, we've rehabilitated 18 historic homes, renovated one modern home, and built two new home. We've also completed our first mixed-use building, a massive undertaking that restored an important anchor building to the neighborhood and added four newly refurbished apartments, three renovated commercial spaces, and a new office to Asylum Hill.
These projects restore Asylum Hill's most valuable asset -- its homes and its historic properties -- and they add to the vibrancy of the neighborhood by bringing more homeowners, more tenants, and more commercial development to Asylum Hill.
Our Current Projects
|94-96 Ashley Street|
This 1890s Victorian two-family is nearly a match for our earlier project at 30-32 Ashley. The big differences are that this house doesn't have the two-story bay window along the right side of the front of the house and that it has an enclosed second-story porch. It was more than likely built by Frederick Mahl -- you can't really tell here, but Mahl's signature indented triangles are in the gable, and this house was built around the same time Mahl was active on Ashley one block to the east. We will restore it as an owner-occupied two-family home, with the rental benefiting the future homeowner.
|52 Huntington Street|
Another new construction! This one will be right next door to the new home we just completed at 54 Huntington Street. This is pretty much what it will look like -- we're keeping the design in line with 54 Huntington and 181 Collins on the corner -- but these colors are only for reference at this point.
Our Future Projects
|115 Sigourney Street|
Originally built as a single-family home, it most recently served as the office for the lead safe program of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Originally it was a single-family home built on the rear of the parcel that was 192 Farmington Avenue. Samuel Jones, one of Hartford's and Connecticut's most prominent defense attorneys in the 19th Century, built this house behind his, probably as a means to earn additional income, but after he died his wife, daughter, and son-in-law moved in. His son-in-law was James Plimpton, who ran the Plimpton Manufacturing Company. Plimpton Manufacturing specialized in paper and paper products, and some of you may remember Plimpton's Stationery Store in West Hartford.
|117 Sigourney Street|
Like 115 Sigourney next door, this building was part of the lead safe program of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. This building was constructed as a three-unit apartment building in 1913, and it stands as one of the first -- if not the first -- apartment buildings in Asylum Hill. It represents a brief period of time in Asylum Hill's history as the neighborhood made the transition from single- and two-family homes to the larger apartment buildings and complexes that began to be built in the 1920s and after. We've learned a few things about its history, notably that it was the first subdivision created from the Pliny Jewell Estate on Farmington Avenue, but most importantly to us it was bought by Aetna in the late 1970s as part of their effort to redevelop the entire block on which 117 Sigourney sits. Aetna eventually transferred title to Saint Francis Hospital, meaning that this building has been in the NINA family for 40 years.
|86 & 88 Hawthorn Street|
Planning is now underway for two new town homes to be constructed on our currently vacant lot that was 80 Hawthorn Street. We subdivided 80 into 80-82 and 86-88, and then we subdivided 86-88 into 86 and 88 in order to build these town homes on a zero lot line. We've designed them to fit with 140 Hawthorn Street, which was the Isabella Beecher Hooker House and is visible from Hawthorn Street. Isabella Beecher Hooker was famous in her own right, but today she's probably best known as Harriet Beecher Stowe's sister. And her house is probably better known for her most famous boarders, Samuel Clemens and family. The Clemenses lived at 140 Hawthorn while their house on Farmington Avenue was being constructed.