199-201 Sargeant Street

199-201 Sargeant Street
This house is a two and one-half story Colonial Revival home built in 1899 by Rollo Shailer, and it exemplifies the type of homes found in Asylum Hill. It combines a symmetrical facade and a square plan. Its two-story facade is clad in shingles and crowned by a hipped roof with a flat deck on top. Six dormers embellish the roof and provide light for the third floor. A one-story front porch is supported by four classical columns. Other decorative elements include fluted molding at the corners of the building and dentils beneath the eaves which are repeated in each of the roof dormers.

It is one of at least two homes developed by Shailer on Sargeant Street that we know of, the other being 235-237 Sargeant Street, a NINA home we completed in 2010. This house was last operated as rental investment property by an absentee owner from New York City, which is a charitable way of saying it wasn't subdivided but was probably used as a multi-unit boarding house.


Exterior Details


Interior Details


The House: Before.

The House:  Before.
When NINA acquired this house, it had been vacant for at least three years. It had been condemned by the City of Hartford, and it had been foreclosed by Bank of America. Bank of America participates in the First Look program, a national program that permits banks to offer foreclosed homes to qualified community development corporations at a below-market rate before the house is offered for sale on the open market. NINA has an existing relationship with Bank of America, and we were able to work out with them the sale of this property to us.

The house was in pretty grim shape when we acquired it. The before photos below include shots before we cleaned out the garbage and after -- but not one of these photos can, or should, do justice to the smell we encountered. This house was beyond squalid, and yet, before it was condemned and left looking like this, a landlord collected rent from it.



Exterior - Before


Interior - Before