Episcopal Diocese Offices Could Become Home Again

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A buyer has placed a deposit on the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut's headquarters in Hartford's West End. Photo by Richard Messina/rmessina@courant.com

A buyer has placed a deposit on the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut’s headquarters in Hartford’s West End. Photo by Richard Messina/rmessina@courant.com

The Hartford West End mansion used by the Episcopal Church for its state headquarters since the 1950s is now under contract and could be returned to its original use as a home.

“The buyers are planning to use it as a single-family residence and are incredibly excited to be in the home and be part of the West End Civic Association,” Paula Fahy Ostop, an agent at William Raveis in West Hartford, who has the listing, told me today.

See a photo gallery of the mansion at 1335 Asylum Ave. in Hartford.

A sign in front of the diocese offices says the property has been sold, but a closing isn't expected until early next year. Photo by Patrick Raycraft/praycraft@courant.com

A sign in front of the diocese offices says the property has been sold, but a closing isn’t expected until early next year. Photo by Patrick Raycraft/praycraft@courant.com

Ostop declined to identify the buyers of the 25-room mansion at 1335 Asylum Ave. or disclose the purchase price. She said the sale is expected to close in the first three months of 2014.

The property, given to the diocese for its headquarters offices, was originally listed at $749,900.

A sign outside the mansion says the property is “Sold” but Ostop said it is Raveis’ practice to label properties that way when they are under deposit.

The Episcopal Diocese has been using the mansion for its offices for six decades, but decided to sell it about a year ago. The diocese made that decision amid tensions with neighbors and the city over plans to modernize the 1913 edifice.

Read more here about what led the diocese to sell the mansion.

The mansion is on a stretch of Asylum Avenue near the West Hartford line where there has been pressure by neighbors to return the area to strictly residential use.

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