2007 MFE Awards
Merit: High-Rise

Hartford, Conn., may be known as the insurance capital of the world, but it is a lot more exciting now that Hartford 21 has ignited an urban renaissance. The 36-story, mixed-use project introduced new housing to the city's urban core, converting a 9-to-5 office district into a 24-hour neighborhood.

Developed by Newton, Mass.-based Northland Investment Corp., Hartford 21 sits on a 4.5-acre site next to the Hartford Civic Center. With 262 luxury rental apartments, 43,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space and 69,000 square feet of office space, it had a price tag of $110.5 million.

Hartford 21 was designed by CBT Child Bertman Tseckares of Boston. With its large windows, clean lines, and a shiny metal façade with modern accents, it brought a new architectural style to the city.

The residential units, which cater to dual-income professional couples working in downtown as well as empty nesters, lease for $1,405 to $6,000. Units feature luxury décor, including custom kitchen cabinets, granite countertops and backsplashes, stainless-steel appliances, and solid core doors.

Additionally, Hartford 21 residents have access to a clubhouse that spans the first three floors of the tower with a fitness center, community great room, game room, conference room, and library.