We also found a bunch of stuff in the walls, among which was this invitation for a wedding on October 16, 1878 -- two sisters marrying two brothers on their family's "island home" in Windsor Locks. Eileen and her sister did some digging, and they came across a reference to King's Island in Enfield, which is now owned by Northeast Utilities. It's accessible by canoe, and apparently you can still find evidence of the house where the wedding would have been.
A Sad day in gingerbreadville01/23/2015
It's a sad day today at NINA, as we had to say good-bye to the gingerbread version of 1 Imlay Street. We knew this day would come, but we were compelled to reach it today because of signs of deterioration in the confectionary as well as signs of curious mice having visited overnight.
It departs via NINA's current project, 54 Huntington Street. We'll miss it, but it will live
A closer look at 1 imlay rendered in gingerbread12/30/2014
How much for fun is this? The gingerbread version of 1 Imlay Street now resides at NINA's offices, and so we are able to present now a much, much closer look at this masterpiece of the culinary arts. The team that put this together did an extraordinary job, and we're pretty sure it was robbed of its deserved victory at the auction!
Gingerbread Version of 1 Imlay Takes Second Place12/17/2014
Mike Marshall at Aetna informed us today that the gingerbread version of 1 Imlay Street came in second place at Aetna’s charity auction, with a bid of $250. The $250 will go to Hartford Habitat for Humanity as a charitable donation. Just one more example of how much non-profit peers and our corporate partners can accomplish together!
1 Imlay -- Rendered in Gingerbread!12/11/2014
How cool is this? Our executive director came across this today, 1 Imlay Street rendered in gingerbread by a group of Aetna employees. Their project is part of a charity auction that will be held to raise money for local Hartford non-profits.
Aetna employees have been walking by our work at 1 Imlay for quite some time now, and we're very pleased that our work has inspired the
Open House at 1 imlay12/04/2014
We didn’t hold an open house for 1 Imlay because we were under contract long before we finished the house, so today, in partnership with the new owners, we opened the house to our friends and neighbors from Asylum Hill.
About 75-80 people attended, and most of them, including two descendants of the original homeowner, were Aetna employees. This was a great opportunity f
One more note on that new measurement for asylum Hill12/04/2014
One of the people who stopped by for the open house today was Karen Pannone, architect with Clohessy Harris & Kaiser. After our bosses came to their agreement on the height the windows should be, Karen was dispatched to meet me and to take the measurements for the third floor windows. So, while I may have been the measure, it was really Karen who set the standard!
Today we bid farewell to our house at 1 Imlay Street -- it now belongs to Hartford's newest homeowners. This was a great project, and we are very proud of how it turned out, especially because we were able to take it almost all the way back to how it would have looked in 1875. We hope the new homeowners will have as much fun living here as we had rehabbing it!
A new unit of measurement for asylum hill11/06/2014
In case you've ever wondered whether any single person could have an oddball effect on anything, here's the proof of it!
Way back when, when we were working with the architects to design the restoration of 1 Imlay Street, a disagreement over how high the windows on the third floor should be. One side argued for very tall, while the other side lobbied for much, much shorter. A
Kitchen Going in & Other work at 1 Imlay09/10/2014
The kitchen has started to go in at 1 Imlay Street, and along with it we are working on some of the other finishing touches, primarily flooring. The tile has been installed in the bathrooms, the hardword floors are being sanded, and the new main staircase is ready for its new stain.
Another dramatic shot of 1 Imlay05/03/2014
It’s too bad that the banner is kerfuffle, but again, this is a pretty remarkable shot. Maybe because the house faces east? It’s just dawning on me (ha! It is the dawn, and 1 Imlay is the east) that every other house NINA has ever worked on orients north to south. Now how about that?
Busy day at 1 Imlay12/16/2013
The wall board arrived this morning, and as you can see we took out the window in the second story hallway in order to accommodate the delivery. My days of sunlight playing through the framing are just about over!
And I’ll confess, it really was a coincidence that I was here with my camera as the wall board was being delivered. Really I was here to see the demolition of
The implements of destruction in place12/16/2013
Today is the big day: the former Capitol Liquors will be demolished! Here are the wrecking devices in place, a front-loader with a claw and a dumpster. It is hard to believe that this is all it will take, but I’m assured that it will be.
I don’t know if we’ve talked about whether this building is, in fact, historic, and if so what kind of historic pres
Framing and insulation at 1 Imlay11/20/2013
I won’t lie, I like the way the sun comes through the framing, especially on the second floor. Most of these photos are from the second floor bedrooms, but there’s also one looking into the kitchen and one looking up the main staircase. I also made it up to the third floor.
Restoring history on the exterior of 1 Imlay11/20/2013
Jeff Giddings is hard at work here on the front porch, which is coming along very nicely, but he and the other carpenters have also been making steady progress on the other historic elements that we are restoring to the house. The brackets, crowns, and new windows are now being painted.
The boarded-up window on the south side of the house is the future location of a stained-glass w
How We Make the Sausage07/18/2013
Sorry these shots are blurry, but they were taken on the fly – and on the sly! This is a bit of how we make the sausage at NINA: that’s Ken on a table, getting a bird’s eye view of the window crown we recently uncovered at 1 Imlay. And that’s Mike, catching me out of the corner of his eye, as he knows all of what I’m about.
Transit-Oriented Development and 1 Imlay Street6/3/2013
This is a large part of what city living is all about. ConnDOT is moving ahead with the Sigourney Street station for CTFastrak, which is right across the street from 1 Imlay Street. The future homeowners will be able to walk to the busway, which can take them quickly downtown to Union Station, from which they can catch an Amtrak train to NYC or Boston. Now if ConnDOT can only
Framing away at 1 Imlay2/25/2013
Not sure every photo is easy to follow, but the rooms are now in place. The most impressive shots, though, are up on the third floor, where you can get a solid sense of the work done to return the roof to original appearance. Also, some work around the outside, chipping away at the later additions that extended the house beyond its real footprint.
Progress at 1 Imlay12/31/2012
The exterior is taking shape, and the new floor plan inside is emerging. The shape of the roof to come is now discernible -- and with the new framing underway on the third floor, you can also get a clearer picture of how we determined the shape of the historic roof. Basically, any old boards that are straight on the third floor are new.
Finding treasure in 1 Imlay12/12/2012
Debra Bogstie did a story on the rehabilitation of 1 Imlay Street and some of the discoveries our crew has made while working on this site -- finds that include a shoe and a wedding invitation from 1878. You can view the story as long as the link remains live. The story features great shots
Look what we found!11/19/2012
As we pull more and more of the house apart, we’re figuring out how the house was originally laid out – forensic carpentry, our carpenters call it. But today we really hit the jackpot: as we pulled down the interior wall inside of the addition to the front corner (northeast) of the house, we discovered that whoever had done this work walled up one of the original window
The siding is down10/31/2012
We’ve got 1 Imlay down to its original siding, and now you can get a better look at the original house and how it was altered over the years. Both the side entry (on the south side, in front of the bay window) and the front rooms on the first and second floors (northeast corner) are later additions to the structure. Also, we discovered that the house used to have decorative wo
Getting ready at 1 Imlay10/15/2012
Some preliminary demolition has been done, mostly to see what was beneath the newer material, but the break room has arrived, which means work is imminent. Although some of the new stuff, like trim, has been removed, this is probably the last best look at the house in its “pre” state.