The Zunner Building: named in honor of the architect who designed the building, George Zunner, who was one of the most prolific architects in Hartford. NINA bought this building in 2006, and it became NINA's biggest project to date: 6 years and $2.5 million. The project completely overhauled the building: NINA reduced the number and enlarged the size of the apartments, adding air-conditioning and laundry in each apartment, re-created an entire floor as office space, and completely updated the retail space.

NINA's first project in the Nook Farm district of Asylum Hill, this classic 1875 Italianate was restored to its original look and footprint from a vacant three-family home. The home is the gateway to the neighborhood, and it can be viewed from the highway, the train, and the rapid transit busway. In fact, this project is the first example of transit-oriented development associated with CTfastrak in Hartford. Winner, 2015 Hartford Preservation Alliance Award for Best Historic Restoration.

One of the most unique houses that NINA has ever worked on. Beneath two layers of shingles, we found much of the original wood shingles intact, including the "fish scale shakes" in the gables and in between the first and second floors, and it has two front doors, despite having been built as a single-family home.

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291-293 Sargeant Street

291-293 Sargeant Street was built as two, side-by-side units with a brick firewall running through the center of the structure, and the house is symmetrical along the firewall. The design of the house reflected an emerging trend toward architectural symmetry that was becoming more prevalent at the turn of the Twentieth Century, and it integrates a mix of Colonial Revival and Queen Anne elements that is very common in the Sigourney Square District. The windows are arranged in pairs to create a balanced composition, which was favored under the Colonial Revival style, while the exterior wall treatment clapboard along the first floor with staggered shingles on the upper stories is more commonly associated with the Queen Anne style. This eclectic mix is reflected throughout the neighboring homes, all of which were built during this same period in Hartford's history, and these homes remain largely intact today. NINA acquired the home and began its rehabilitation of the home in 2008 following a fire in December 2007 that caused significant damage to the third floor.

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The Latest Our home at 94-96 Ashley Street is now under contract. Stay tuned for the official page for this house in the near future.

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Raising the walls at 52 Huntington Street As part of The Hartford's Day of Caring service to the Hartford community, 17 volunteers from The Hartford came down to 52 Huntington Street to help us frame out the first floor of our new home at 52 Huntington Street. The volunteers included Andy Daly, president of NINA's board of directors, and they report that they had a very good time helping us out

Dateline Asylum Hill

It's an article of faith in the neighborhood that Sigourney Street and Sigourney Square Park are both named for Lydia Sigourney, the greatest female poet of the 19th century who you've never heard of, but suddenly we aren't so sure anymore! As we've been doing some research on the history of Asylum Hill, we've come across numerous references to Sigourney Street that pre-date the standard date of