JELLO is back!11/19/2022
After two years away because of the pandemic, JELLO volunteered again to work at a NINA project site, this time at 847 Asylum. The group of six cleaned up the site, removing debris and dust from the floor, and they put in a tremendous effort on our behalf. We’re already looking forward to the next time they can volunteer!
Volunteers from The Hartford at 847 Asylum9/20/2022
Members of the legal team from The Hartford came over today to volunteer at 847 Asylum Avenue. The group was organized by Andy Daly, president of our board of directors, and it was also organized as part of The Hartford’s annual Day of Caring. This is the first time The Hartford has had its Day of Caring since 2019 due to the pandemic, and it was good to have them back.
Do It Day 20229/10/2022
We had the defense from the Trinity College’s men’s hockey team at 847 Asylum Avenue for Do It Day today, and we put them to work extracting old radiators and hauling wood for future interior framing into the house. Several of these guys have worked for us before, and they’re already looking forward to coming back next year. Go Bantams!
New Views Inside 847 Asylum8/17/2022
The institutional kitchen is gone (almost – the hood is still there). The glass barrier on the second floor is gone. The wall to the large room on the second floor of the eastern section of the house is gone, allowing a much better photo of it. The glass barrier on the third floor is gone, allowing for a much better photo of the stained glass windows at the landing.
Interior demolition underway at 847 Asylum8/4/2022
A crew of two began to remove some of the walls that were put into place in 1994, when the house was last renovated. The crew is also finishing up work on removing the bathrooms. This work will allow us to install two rentals, one each on the second and third floors. You can see the amazing job the crew is doing in some of the pictures – they are bringing down the walls
A group of volunteers from CVS Aetna came over to 847 Asylum this afternoon to paint spindles for 29 Ashley Street, and this group is the first group we’ve had in to volunteer in nearly a year. This Aetna team was from all around the country; they’d convened in Hartford for the first time since the pandemic began, and they wanted to wrap their time in Hartford up with a volunt
With a little help from our neighbors7/6/2022
The Cathedral at Saint Joseph generously allowed us to cut through the curbing and landscape on their property to allow us to have access to the rear of our property at 847 Asylum Avenue. We do have a driveway, but it runs right up against both 847 and 841 Asylum next door, making it too tight for us to get our dumpster into our parking lot. Having this cut allows us to use the Cath
Meanwhile, over at 847 Asylum5/25/2022
The ServCorps gang dismantled the ramp along the west side of 847 Asylum, making very short work of it. The crew included Rich Grobe, Ramon Martinez, Al McFadden (a neighbor from Ashley Street), Tony Mein, Amaury Serrano, and Mike Stockman. This counts as the first work at this project.
Taking down some trees at the Plimpton House12/16/2021
Unfortunately, some of the trees around the Plimpton House were not doing so well, in fact they were dying, and we made the sad decision to remove them before they became a hazard to us and to our neighbors. Grimshaw, a great and dedicated company, did a tremendous job, and they will re-purpose as much of the wood as they can.
In the stump on the big old oak tree that was along the
From them to Us5/27/2021
I stopped by this morning to grab the keys in advance of closing on the sale of the Plimpton House, and I found this gift from the South Park Inn to NINA. It was an extraordinarily thoughtful and generous gesture on their part, and we look forward to honoring their tenure as stewards of this remarkable building.
A glimpse down the pipeline5/6/2021
This is a stunner! It’s the Linus Plimpton House, and it’s being cleaned out now in advance of our purchase. Popular anecdote says it was built in 1884, but that’s the year Linus bought it. We’re pretty sure the house was built maybe 20 years earlier – and we aim to prove it! Meantime, here’s a peek at the inside.