The historic Asylum Hill Neighborhood was settled in the 19th -century and was home to a financially literate working class and prominent, affluent upper class that included names like Mark twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe, and the insurance companies that made Hartford the insurance capital of the world. Residents were drawn to the neighborhood for its proximity to Downtown Hartford. The Asylum Hill National Register District is located at the heart of the neighborhood and includes historic churches, a school and 19th century houses.
The rehabilitation project known as Clover Gardens includes four individual buildings listed within the District: three mansions, all originally a part of a larger row of houses on the block between the Asylum Hill Congregational Church and Asylum Avenue Baptist Church, and an apartment building at the corner of Asylum Ave and Huntingtin Street. The Clover Gardens properties are located at the south-central end of the neighborhood within walking distance of Downtown and are an important gateway to the community. The three buildings on Asylum Avenue were previously used as office and educational space for a local Charter School, and the apartment building continued residential use. The properties are owned by Chrysalis Center Inc., developed by their real-estate arm Chrysalis Center Real Estate Crop. with the intent to return the building back to residential use one, two, and three-bedroom rentals for various income levels.