NINA restored the structure to its original use as an owner-occupied single-family home and returned it to its original look as an 1870s Italianate. Along with restoring the window crowns, NINA also restored roof brackets beneath the soffit and returned the third-story windows to their original Italianate look. The homebuyers assisted us with the final details, both interior and exterior, and the house reflects a modern sensibility inside while preserving the historic and architectural character of the house as built by Mr. Whiton.
Additionally, 1 Imlay sits at an extremely prominent and important location within Asylum Hill, directly across from the new CTfastrak station at Sigourney Street. This home will greet everyone who gets off the busway at this station, and it will provide a lasting impression of a vital and vibrant neighborhood. The home epitomizes the transit-oriented development promoted around the station, and 1 Imlay Street will guide that development as it flows along Hawthorn Street.
Photo: Karen Pannone, architect with Clohessy Harris & Kaiser, which was the architecture firm that worked on this project with us, and NINA's Program Manager, David Corrigan. Karen measured and designed the restored Italianate windows, and if David's head were straight you'd see he can see out the windows without stooping.
|Why do we keep calling it a "liquor store"? Mostly because that's the only thing we knew it as, but we've also managed to find a reference to the original application for a liquor license for the store, which was made in December 1965. And that was the last thing it ever was: after it changed hands in August 2013, an inspection of the building uncovered that the roof was mostly shot and the sub-floor was rotting. The building couldn't be salvaged, and on December 16, 2013 it was demolished.|
We also found a bunch of stuff in the walls, among which was this invitation for a wedding on October 16, 1878 -- two sisters marrying two brothers on their family's "island home" in Windsor Locks. Eileen and her sister did some digging, and they came across a reference to King's Island in Enfield, which is now owned by Northeast Utilities. It's accessible by canoe, and apparently you can still find evidence of the house where the wedding would have been.
A Sad day in gingerbreadville01/23/2015
It's a sad day today at NINA, as we had to say good-bye to the gingerbread version of 1 Imlay Street. We knew this day would come, but we were compelled to reach it today because of signs of deterioration in the confectionary as well as signs of curious mice having visited overnight.
It departs via NINA's current project, 54 Huntington Street. We'll miss it, but it will live
A closer look at 1 imlay rendered in gingerbread12/30/2014
How much for fun is this? The gingerbread version of 1 Imlay Street now resides at NINA's offices, and so we are able to present now a much, much closer look at this masterpiece of the culinary arts. The team that put this together did an extraordinary job, and we're pretty sure it was robbed of its deserved victory at the auction!
Mike Marshall at Aetna informed us today that the gingerbread version of 1 Imlay Street came in second place at Aetna’s charity auction, with a bid of $250. The $250 will go to Hartford Habitat for Humanity as a charitable donation. Just one more example of how much non-profit peers and our corporate partners can accomplish together!
1 Imlay -- Rendered in Gingerbread!12/11/2014
How cool is this? Our executive director came across this today, 1 Imlay Street rendered in gingerbread by a group of Aetna employees. Their project is part of a charity auction that will be held to raise money for local Hartford non-profits.
Aetna employees have been walking by our work at 1 Imlay for quite some time now, and we're very pleased that our work has inspired the
Open House at 1 imlay12/04/2014
We didn’t hold an open house for 1 Imlay because we were under contract long before we finished the house, so today, in partnership with the new owners, we opened the house to our friends and neighbors from Asylum Hill.
About 75-80 people attended, and most of them, including two descendants of the original homeowner, were Aetna employees. This was a great opportunity f
One more note on that new measurement for asylum Hill12/04/2014
One of the people who stopped by for the open house today was Karen Pannone, architect with Clohessy Harris & Kaiser. After our bosses came to their agreement on the height the windows should be, Karen was dispatched to meet me and to take the measurements for the third floor windows. So, while I may have been the measure, it was really Karen who set the standard!
A new unit of measurement for asylum hill11/06/2014
In case you've ever wondered whether any single person could have an oddball effect on anything, here's the proof of it!
Way back when, when we were working with the architects to design the restoration of 1 Imlay Street, a disagreement over how high the windows on the third floor should be. One side argued for very tall, while the other side lobbied for much, much shorter. A
Kitchen Going in & Other work at 1 Imlay09/10/2014
The kitchen has started to go in at 1 Imlay Street, and along with it we are working on some of the other finishing touches, primarily flooring. The tile has been installed in the bathrooms, the hardword floors are being sanded, and the new main staircase is ready for its new stain.
Another dramatic shot of 1 Imlay05/03/2014
It’s too bad that the banner is kerfuffle, but again, this is a pretty remarkable shot. Maybe because the house faces east? It’s just dawning on me (ha! It is the dawn, and 1 Imlay is the east) that every other house NINA has ever worked on orients north to south. Now how about that?
Busy day at 1 Imlay12/16/2013
The wall board arrived this morning, and as you can see we took out the window in the second story hallway in order to accommodate the delivery. My days of sunlight playing through the framing are just about over!
And I’ll confess, it really was a coincidence that I was here with my camera as the wall board was being delivered. Really I was here to see the demolition of
Framing and insulation at 1 Imlay11/20/2013
I won’t lie, I like the way the sun comes through the framing, especially on the second floor. Most of these photos are from the second floor bedrooms, but there’s also one looking into the kitchen and one looking up the main staircase. I also made it up to the third floor.
Restoring history on the exterior of 1 Imlay11/20/2013
Jeff Giddings is hard at work here on the front porch, which is coming along very nicely, but he and the other carpenters have also been making steady progress on the other historic elements that we are restoring to the house. The brackets, crowns, and new windows are now being painted.
The boarded-up window on the south side of the house is the future location of a stained-glass w