The Episcopal Church in Connecticut has a new headquarters, about 20 minutes south of Hartford where it has been based for more than a century.
The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut is moving into new headquarters in Meriden. Photo Courtesy of Colliers International.
The church offices will move next week into the third floor of the Meriden Enterprise Center at 290 Pratt St., once a location of the New Departure ball bearing company.
The 11,200-square-foot space has high ceilings reminiscent of a cathedral, the church says, and will include space for a chapel.
The diocese is taking stained-glass panels from its current headquarters in a three-story mansion at 1335 Asylum St. in Hartford to its new Meriden quarters. The panels will be reconfigured for room dividers, Karin Hamilton, a spokeswoman for the diocese, told me today.
The church chose Meriden for its central location in the state, after plans to make improvements at its Hartford headquarters met with resistance from the city.
Bishop Ian Douglas described the Meriden site as “a new departure for the Episcopal Church in Connecticut” and “an opportunity to bring members of parishes from every corner of the state together with the staff and for conference rooms, archival materials, and a media studio.”
The space in Meriden will offer more traditional office space compared to its current headquarters in Hartford, where it has been based since the 1950s.
The Jacobethan Revival-style mansion, donated to the church, is now under contract to a buyer, whose identity hasn’t been disclosed. The buyer intends to return the 25-room mansion to use as a single-family home, according to Paula Fahy Ostop, an agent at William Raveis in West Hartford, who has the listing.
Episcopal Church in Connecticut’s headquarters in Hartford’s West End. Photo by Richard Messinaemail@example.com
The purchase price also has not been disclosed, but the property was listed at $749,900 in 2012.
Ostop told me the sale has not yet closed.
Colliers International represented the landlord, 290 Pratt Street, LLC, and Goman + York Property Advisors Inc., the tenant.