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52 & 54 Huntington Street in the really before06/07/2018
As we’re starting to get toward the end of the line on 52 Huntington Street, we’ve started preparing to enshrine 52 Huntington Street both here on our web site on its dedicated project page and also there on presentations and reports we’ll make for current and future funders. This is always a fun process as we go through the photos, see how the project progressed, and as
The Sunflower Plaque7/1/2016
A few words on the sunflower plaque:
It was created and executed by local artist Jackie McKinney, who is a longtime Asylum Hill resident.
It’s based on the plaque next door at 181 Collins Street, further uniting the two houses in common design elements.
We believe, read air quotes here, believe that the sunflower was a particularly favorite motif of local architect Ge
Side Gable Done3/30/2016
The new woodwork is now in place in the side gable, and as you can see we’re starting to look at different paint colors for the house. Also, there’s a view of 181 Collins Street and 54 Huntington Street that we haven’t shown before, looking from the corner of Collins and Huntington rather than back up the street from 54.
A front walk, a driveway, and practically a house12/10/2015
We're down to the porch rail and the exterior paint at this point. Also, we like the view of The Hartford in the background -- The Hartford has supported this house with funds and volunteers, and it shows that they are quite literally our neighbor on this project.
Copper flashing and more paint on a gloomy evening in Asylum Hill11/10/2015
It's gloomy in Asylum Hill, but 54 Huntington Street is helping to brighten up. First, new copper flashing was put into place on the roof, and even in the low light it really stands out. And then our paint swatch grew, so now we have a really good sense of what these colors will look like.
We're thinking, um, no, not so much.
People's United Community Foundation Supports NINA10/23/2015
NINA is very pleased to announce that we received a $10,000 grant from the People's United Community Foundation to support our initiative to expand affordable homeownership opportunities in Asylum Hill for low- to moderate-income families. The support provided by the People's United Community Foundation also furthers the Foundation's goal to increase homeownership opportunities in Hartfor
Consecration Of 54 Huntington Street09/27/2015
Our partner on our project at 54 Huntington Street, the Asylum Hill Congregational Church, held a ceremony following its Sunday morning service to consecrate the new house here. Approximately 100 parishioners and neighbors came up for the ceremony and explored the interior of the house.
AHCC has generously supported this project from beginning, donating the land
Getting ready for the consecration09/26/2015
Our partners on this project, Asylum Hill Congregational Church, plans to hold a consecration ceremony for 54 Huntington Street on Sunday. We put out some fall flowers today to add a splash of "home" to the house, and as you can see around the house, we've also graded the land as we prepare to install the landscaping and pavement.
The front porch and the sunflower plaque09/23/2015
Jeff Giddings at work on the front porch. Around the corner, on the north side of the house, there's a space where we will install a sunflower plaque, which is now finished and over at the house. The plaque, prepared by local artist Jackie McKinney, takes a sunflower plaque on the west side of 181 Collins Street as its inspiration. Rumor has it that the sunflower was a particu
Bird's eye view of 54 huntington05/15/2015
It's good to have friends with high places! These shots are from the 24th floor of The Hartford's office tower, and they offer a fun perspective on our work at 54 Huntington Street as well as how it fits into the neighborhood. Also included is a terrific view looking west, taking in the whole of the campus of Saint Francis Hospital.
Progress at 54 Huntington03/23/2015
Progress at 54 Huntington: an exterior shot showing the beginnings of the front porch; a look into the kitchen; a look up the staircase (not for the fainthearted!); the front bedroom, with light fixtures ready to be installed; the rear bedroom; and the third floor bonus space.
Getting On toward the roof!09/16/2014
Framing for the third floor -- or "second and a half" floor, or the attic -- is underway, and with it the gables are plainly visible. These were designed to follow the gables at 181 Collins Street (which we still say was designed by George Keller, but that's for another day), and we think we've succeeded. Photos here include shots of the exterior, shots from the top floor, and shots
Raising The Wall At 54 Huntington Street8/22/2014
Today we held a "wall raising" event to honor our partners and to kick off construction of the house. The wall raisers included, from left to right in the photos:
Matt Laney, Senior Minister, Asylum Hill Congregational Church
Donna Manocchio, Associate Minister, Asylum Hill Congregational Church
Bill Russell, Asylum Hill Congregational Church
Valerio Giadone, P
The Cap is on!08/21/2014
The carpenters have capped the foundation at 54 Huntington, which is to say that the house now has a first floor. There are even steps onto the cap, which are where the front door will be, eventually, and the hole in the cap is where the stairs into the basement will go. Tomorrow we will have a special "wall raising" ceremony, which will mark a milestone in our construction schedule
Bilco Doors and Final Preparations for the House to come08/12/2014
The bilco doors are in, which means the foundation is now complete. From here, we can start work on the house to come! Further signs that we're getting ready: there's an actual power meter in place now (and again, probably not that exciting, but how often do you see a meter set to 0?) and our storage container is on site, too.
Ready for Power at 54 Huntington Street -- Plus a few views that won't exist for much longer08/04/2014
Okay, so maybe a photo of where a temporary power meter will go isn't all that exciting, but this occasion marks the official unveiling of our street number: 54! The views from the basement won't exist for much longer because, of course, we're about to put a cap on the foundation.
The Carpenters Go to work07/28/2014
Jeff Giddings and Matt Pearce began work this morning by having a look at the newly set foundation, and then this afternoon they were installing the first beam that will support the house above. Also included one artsy shot (because we must!) that is of the forms into which the concrete was poured, now prepped for transport to their next job.
Now That's Broken Ground!07/22/2014
We now have a proper hole at 54 Huntington Street. Next step will be to pour the foundation.
Views from outside of the hole are looking west toward Huntington Street, from what will be the rear of the house. Views from inside the hole are looking east toward the rear of the house and north up at 182 Collins Street, which was the inspiration for the design of our
Ground Broken on our next new house07/18/2014
It's not much, but it's a start! The earth-moving equipment is on site, and the first shovelfulls of earth have been removed. We're looking forward to getting started on our second new construction project, our first since completing 33 Sargeant Street back in 2011.
Consecrating And Breaking The Ground At 54 Huntington Street6/15/2014
Our latest project, the construction of a new home at a vacant lot at 54 Huntington Street, officially got underway today as we broke the ground and consecrated it to its new use with our partners on this project. The land here had been owned by the Asylum Hill Congregational Church, which bought it a few years back from Broad-Park Development Corporation, and AHCC generously donated the
Who spoke at the Groundbreaking?6/15/2014
Speaking were: Ken Johnson, Executive Director of NINA (with Bill Russell, AHCC); yasha Escalera, Director, Housing & Property Management Division, Hartford Department of Development Services; Donna Manocchio, Assistant Pastor, AHCC; Rich Grobe, ServCorps; and Matt Laney, Senior Pastor, AHCC. And that’s Rhonda Mitchell, communications director at AHCC, tryin