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June 21, 2021

Hartford’s historic Plimpton House sells for $392,500; renovations planned

CoStar The Plimpton House on Hartford’s Asylum Street has sold for $392,500.

The historic Plimpton House on Hartford’s Asylum Street has sold for $392,500, city records show. 

The Romanesque-style house at 847 Asylum St., which dates back to 1884, sold in late May. The house was formerly home to Linus B. Plimpton, who established an envelope manufacturing business in Hartford in the late 19th Century. 

NINA, a nonprofit focused at expanding home ownership in Hartford's Asylum Hill neighborhood, bought the building. Executive Director Ken Johnson on Monday said NINA plans to renovate the building, and sell it as a three-family owner-occupied building, with one unit being occupied by the owner and the other two rentals, which would support the owner's mortgage.

Johnson said NINA plans to sell the property at a price that's affordable to families earning 100% of the Hartford metro region's median income, which was just over $77,000 in 2019, according to U.S. Census data.

“We want to create stakeholders in our neighborhood who share a vision of a revitalized Asylum Hill," Johnson said.

Johnson said NINA is currently working on renovation plans with an architect, and hopes to submit them to the city for approval by the end of the summer. The house will be on the market by next summer, if all goes according to plan, he said.

The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a landmark. According to local lore, Mark Twain used to play billiards with Plimpton in his top floor game room, Johnson said (although it's unclear whether that's fact or legend). 

The seller of the property was the nonprofit South Park Inn, which provides shelter services for the homeless. The property has had numerous uses over the years, including as a residence for homeless adults in Hartford. 

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