Apartments Proposed For Hartford’s Historic Lewis Street

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The big, splashy proposals for new apartments in downtown Hartford draw a lot of attention, as the city works to build up the population of downtown dwellers.

But the new owner of 36 Lewis St. — a modest, 10,000-square-foot structure dating from 1840 — could soon be adding to downtown’s stock of apartments.

The historic, 36 Lewis St. in downtown Hartford could become apartments. Courant File Photo.

The partnership that bought the historic, former home now hopes to convert it into six townhouse-style apartments — three, one bedroom and three, two-bedroom, William Crosskey, of Crosskey Architects in Hartford, told me.

Crosskey said the partnership, led by David Elwell, would retain and restore the Italianate-style exterior, dominated by a wide front porch supported by Doric-style columns. A one-story addition would be removed under the plans, he said.

The historic properties commission and historic preservation commission were scheduled to review the plans Tuesday

Update: The commissions approved the plans Tuesday. It wasn’t immediately clear Wednesday when construction would begin or when the apartments might be ready for occupancy.

When the partnership purchased the brick structure earlier this year, Elwell said he was considering all uses for the property, including apartments, mixed-use and restaurant.

Crosskey said apartments were chosen because of the demand demonstrated by the downtown market.

Elwell couldn’t be reached for comment today.

The building was originally a residence, as were other structures from the mid-1800s that stand on the street today. The building at 36 Lewis was occupied as a home into the late 1950s, the last on the street to retain its original use.

The building was an upscale restaurant in the 1980s and a controversial, after-hours dance club in the 1990s. The building has been vacant for at least eight years, possibly longer since the dance club Vibe closed down.



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6 thoughts on “Apartments Proposed For Hartford’s Historic Lewis Street

  1. Charles

    Who ever lives here will be very fortunate. Not only historic but an easy walk to everything positive Hartford has to offer! Too bad the huge garage in the back of the picture but hey friends coming to visit will have plenty of off street parking available!!

  2. Teeheehaha

    But I worry this will only be available to folks whom still have disposable incomes. I would love to live smack-dab on downtown. With the new movie theater and some retail. Sure would be a refreshing scene.

  3. Shanda Dee

    I thinks its gonna be cool… I wonder what the price range is for a downtown apt? Hope they’re not trying to charge NYC prices as this isn’t New York!!!

  4. MG

    I saw that Hartford 21 wanted 1600 for a one bedroom or studio, forget which. I don’t see that as a great price as of yet lol. Beautiful building here though.

  5. Dana Caffrey

    I’ve seen this place and it’s really a prime location. The people who have a property there are very fortunate. I’m just wondering, how much is the price range for every unit? I believe it’s going to cost me a year of my paycheck or more than that.

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