New Trees in the Neighborhood04/24/2015
A group of volunteers from The Hartford came out today to plant new trees in Asylum Hill for Arbor Day. We helped to line up some homes looking for trees for this event, and one of the interested homeowners was at 156 Sargeant Street. They were looking to establish a natural buffer between their property and Sigourney Street, and they were very happy to receive t
Old wallpaper revealed10/10/2011
Although it reveals the limitations of my skills as a photographer, I thought it would be fun to show off this wallpaper we found beneath the various layers that have accumulated over the years. Flash and no flash for the close-up: hopefully between the two you’ll get a sense of what it looked like.
Progress at 156 Sargeant8/29/2011
The old floor plan is now largely gone, and we’re getting ready to restore the house to its original, side-by-side, two-family layout. Some artifacts uncovered as well, especially some wallpaper that predates the effort to transform this house into a three-family. Oh, and Mike Stockman, atop the third-floor staircase.
A real door between the top floors of 156 Sargeant8/9/2011
Pulling back the wallboard, we discovered a metal door between the third floors of 15 and 158 Sargeant Street. This door may be original to the house – it certainly wasn’t installed by the previous owner who cut through the fire wall to create new passages between each floor of the house. We suspect this was the means by which servants could easily pass from one side of
Getting ready to go at 156 Sargeant7/25/2011
Exploratory work is wrapping up, and interior demolition is set to get underway. That’s Valerio Giadone, the architect, taking some final measurements.
If I haven’t said so before, it’s worth pointing out now that a lot of what appears to be progress – insulation, new windows, and so on – was work done by the previous owner. Note, too, the constr