Capewell Lofts


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.