1 Imlay Street

Status: Current

This classic 1875 Italianate was probably the first single-family home that wasn’t a mansion that was built in the Nook Farm section of Asylum Hill. It didn’t look that way when we first got a hold of it: several additions plus deteriorating vinyl siding conspired to make the house look so modern that it was excluded from the Imlay-Laurel Historic District! (We had it added.) We demolished the additions; restored the window crowns and 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 originally built by J. Porter Whiton.

1 Imlay Street as seen from the northeast


1 Imlay Street as seen from the east


1st Floor

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2nd Floor

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3rd Floor

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A Little Bit of History

A Little Bit of History
While we were working on 1 Imlay, we were very fortunate to meet Eileen Curtis, a nurse who works for Aetna and who walked by our house as she went to and from her car. Her great-great grandmother Eliza Brazell owned 1 Imlay in the 1870s, and her father could remember visiting his great grandmother there while he was a child.

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.



Project History

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