Two ways. First and foremost, we have the electrical meters in the basement that were labeled for the apartments on the Garden Street side. The meters established that these apartments were 209 North and South plus the floor number, so 2N, 2S, 3N, and 3S. As for the Ashley Street side, we've made an educated guess. We found the front door to one of the westernmost apartments inside the living room, and it indicated that we were in 2A. From that we extrapolated that the westernmost apartments were all A, so the apartment that stretched between these units and the Garden Street units must all be B. As for the 6 Ashley, again, that was just a guess, but the south side of the building was 2 through 6 (like the east side was 207 through 213), and the only access to the As and Bs was through the westernmost door, or 6 Ashley.
The short answer to this question is that legally only a room with a closet can be called a bedroom. Each apartment had one room with a closet, and that room was always the last room a person could reach from the front door. That said, the original apartments were somewhat oddly configured, and in both the "B" and the "N" units the rooms were laid out in a "railroad" floor plan, meaning you'd have to go through one to get to the other. The "S" units had two large rooms that had not closets but did not serve as paths to other rooms, which means they probably were used as bedrooms at some point or another. To keep things simple, we only refer to rooms with closets as bedrooms, and we really only refer to the front room the "A" units as a living room.
The Zunner Building's new name unveiled4/26/2017
This goes under the heading of things we noticed in the neighborhood – we saw this new sign up as we were out and about today, and we stopped for a photo.
Incidentally, we only feel slightly out of touch – apparently HCLF re-dedicated the building back in October!
A new name for the Zunner Building3/23/2017
In a stop over at 207 Garden Street today, we learned that the Hartford Community Loan Fund has changed the name of the building! The building, which we had named in honor of George Zunner, its architect, is now the Jacobson Building, in honor of Elinor P. Jacobson, more widely known as Elly Jacobson.
According to HCLF, Jacobson was president of their board of directors when she be
Grand Opening And Ribbon Cutting At The Zunner Building5/11/2016
NINA and its partners held a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at the Zunner Building today. The ceremony marked the formal conclusion of work on the building, which was NINA's biggest project (5 years, $2.5 million) to date.
The Zunner Building is an important anchor for the Asylum Hill neighborhood, and it also represents a capstone for NINA’s work on Ashley and Gar
So who exactly spoke?05/11/2016
Lynda Godkin, NINA’s Board Chair, served as emcee for the ceremony. Speakers included:
Dannel Malloy, Governor, State of Connecticut
Luke Bronin, Mayor, City of Hartford
Matt Ritter, State Representative, 1st District, Connecticut General Assembly
David Robinson, General Counsel, The Hartford
Tom Dorsey, Manager, Government Affairs, Eversource Ener
Moving the podium5/11/2016
We did have one small snafu: the podium was initially placed in a less than ideal location for the news media. Fortunately, Governor Malloy drafted Mayor Bronin and Representative Ritter into action, and we had the problem solved quickly!
The podium, by the way, was provided by the Hartford United Methodist Church.
Hey! We count, too!5/11/2016
We made the local news this evening, but we’re not bothering with the link to it because the local news media preferred to ask Governor Malloy something about state politics or some other such nonsense, blah blah blah. They should have asked him about the building! Which is why he was there in the first place. Or perhaps the local news media didn’t forgive us for t
Around and in 207 garden Street12/23/2015
The exterior is almost finished, and the interior is taking shape as walls go up and counters and cabinets go in. Interior views include
Apartment 1A kitchen
New staircase on Ashley Street side
Apartment 2B kitchen
Apartment 2B foyer
Christmas in Apartment 2C
3rd floor office
All the difference in the World12/03/2015
It's long been a part of NINA's strategy that a restored facade can make a world of difference on the neighborhood. Instead of driving by a gloomy, dour, rundown building, people coming into Hartford now see this beauty. It dramatically improves the perception of the neighborhood, and it's why we always work from the outside in.
Progress at 207 garden street09/29/2015
A stroll through 207 Garden Street, showing some of the progress we've made on:
Progress at 207 garden street03/19/2015
Work underway on 207 Garden:
New subfloor in the 207 commercial space
Peeks at the second and third floors
The new hallway from the apartments to the elevator shaping up
The new entrance and lobby to the apartments and offices
And, of course, a look up the elevator shaft!
staircases at the zunner building03/09/2015
We're getting ready to restore the staircases at 207 Garden Street, so we headed over today to capture the original staircases for posterity and for the contractor who will do the restoration work on the stairs. A lot of the treads and risers will have to be replaced, but we will be meticulous in our effort to ensure it will retain the same look and feel as the original.
While we w
A Bird's eye view of 207 garden01/20/2015
Thanks to Ray Marcotte at The Hartford, we were afforded an opportunity to take some photos of 207 Garden Street from a unique vantage point: the top of The Hartford's Fraser Place parking garage. It's also a view that won't exist much longer, as The Hartford is right now completing environmental remediation on the structure as a prelude to demolishing it.
Coming Soon: A magic Elevator ride12/30/2014
Work on the new elevator at 207 Garden Street progresses steadily. This represents a substantial addition to the buildilng, not just by making it much more accessible to future occupants but also in terms of sheer volume. The blue tarp seen in these pictures hides the former "gangway" access to the fire escape, while the clear plastic protects the new elevator shaft. The
Where the elevator will roam12/4/2013
Views from (and of!) the future parking lot, which gives a good look at where the elevator will go. The single-story section to the left is the pizzeria and the former liquor store, and the three-story section to the right is bedrooms on the first and second floors and office space on the third. The area in between will be the elevator, and a new section of the building will be buil
Inside 207 Garden Street11/04/2013
They let me out of the office today, and I took full advantage of the opportunity to visit our ongoing projects. First stop was 207 Garden Street, where they’ve been framing away. They’ve gotten enough done that the wallboard started to arrive today.
Other shots include a peek down the future elevator shaft (which hasn’t been started yet, but it will go in w
A Peek Inside Kent Pizza06/18/2013
Thanks to a recent hurricane that flooded the pizzeria out (that’s a story for another time …), we have been able to move forward with plans to renovate their space a lot sooner than we thought we would, so, before we get started, we thought you might enjoy a walk around the place. You can see some of the water damage from the storm in some of the photos of the ceiling, and i
Bad News for Kent Pizza, Good News for 207 Garden6/11/2013
The remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea dumped a lot of rain on Hartford during the end of last week, maybe as much as two inches, and unfortunately Kent Pizza sustained significant damage as the rain caused the ceiling in the restaurant to collapse. That’s sort of a long story, but the basics are that a ventilation shaft went straight up to the roof, giving the rain an unimpeded path
Courant cites 207 Garden as the last piece in the puzzle at Ashley and Garden8/23/2012
The Courant published an editorial (or is it an opinion piece?) on NINA's work at 207-213 Garden Street, also known as the Zunner Building. The editorial salutes this project as the last piece of the puzzle that improves the Ashley-Garden Street section of
207 Garden in bloom, and a trip onto the roof4/27/2011
It’s remarkable how nice spring can make any location look good, even if it’s weedy and going to seed. Not sure what possessed me to go up onto the roof of this building, but the views were nice. The roof also let me spy on the work being done at 33 Sargeant Street.