Located in the Sheldon-Charter Oak neighborhood on the southern end of Hartford, this brick structure was built to serve as a manufacturing center for the entrepreneurial efforts of George Capewell after the original factory was destroyed by fire. Capewell created a machine that processed steel with tremendous efficiency and used it to manufacture horseshoe nails. This invention garnered the city of Hartford the title of “horseshoe nail capitol of the world.”
Conversion of the building into 72 apartment units included the infill of concrete floors consistent with the original flooring, new windows to match the historic proportions, and the installation of modern, industrial finishes, including stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and mill-type lighting. The loft-style units boast average ceiling heights of 20 feet.
The conversion 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 ventilations. It also contains a conduit and is prepared to utilize solar energy.
Capewell Lofts is a key structure in the livelihood of the Sheldon-Charter Oak neighborhood. It stands prominently at the corner of Charter Oak Avenue and Popieluszko Court, south of downtown Hartford and in close proximity with public transportation. Capewell Lofts encourages the resurgence of a walkable, thriving Hartford.