Location: Hartford, CT    |    Size: 72 Units    |     Status: Completed 2016


The Capewell Horse Nail Company factory was a significant Hartford manufacturing center from the late 19th century to 1985. It is located in the Sheldon-Charter Oak Neighborhood, south of downtown, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The factory, which was completed in 1903 following a fire that destroyed an earlier building, has remained vacant for over 25 years. The main building is 3 stories high and has a roof monitor. A single story wing on the west side was the factory’s storehouse. While the building had suffered significant deterioration, it remained viable for rehabilitation and adaptive re-use for multi-family housing. The building’s existing structure with large window openings allows for abundant natural light in the dwelling units. The conversion of the Capewell Horse Nail Company factory building into Capewell Lofts is an example of sustainable preservation. It achieved LEED certification through the incorporation of high efficiency mechanical and electrical systems, including LED lighting and energy recovery ventilation’s. It also contains a conduit and is prepared to utilize solar energy.