The house is an excellent example of a brick Queen Anne found throughout Hartford but most especially here in the Asylum Hill neighborhood. It possesses many of the elements common to this style:
The house, which had been rented out for decades before NINA acquired it, had fallen into disrepair, and there had been extensive damage done to the interior. NINA restored the house to its original use as an owner-occupied single-family home. Rehabilitation work included a new roof, new kitchen, and new baths as well as new mechanical system. The front porch was rebuilt with original porch components retained or replicated.
The front garden was designed by Christine Jones, who designed the garden across the street at 48 Ashley Street as part of the 2012 Landscape Design Challenge. Christine also designed the garden next door at 55 Ashley Street.
Along with 55 Ashley Street, this house constitutes the completion of NINA's anti-blight work on this block of Ashley Street. NINA started work on this block in 2004 with the re-location of the Victorian Lady, 21 Ashley Street, and since then has rehabilitated six more homes here. 51 Ashley Street stands as testimony to the results that our targeted reinvestment strategy and strong partnerships with residents and community stakeholders can achieve -- and we are very proud that this block of Ashley Street is now considered one of the loveliest blocks in all of Hartford.
The previous owner had a strong sentimental attachment to the house and hesitated before selling it to us. After we assured him we would restore it to its former glory, he relented -- and he was quite happy with the result.
Below are some photos of what the house looked like inside -- we've done our best to select photos that match with the interior shots above, but it was a little difficult to replicate exactly. The views inside have changed substantially because we removed false walls and other blockades that had been installed to sub-divide the house.