Courtland Arms

- Award Winning -

2021 Merit Award

Preservation Connecticut

Southwest Corner Before
Side Elevation Before
Side Elevation Before
Courtyard Before
Courtyard After
First Floor Lobby Before
First Floor Lobby After

This historic apartment building stood derelict and abandoned for 25 years in downtown New Britain, Connecticut before an extensive renovation enabled it to become a showpiece once again. During those years of abandonment, the building suffered vandals, squatters, feral animals, broken and missing windows and an extensive roof leak. 

Courtland Arms is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the State Register of Historic Places and the New Britain Walnut Hill Historic District.


Courtland Arms, built in 1915 on the edge between the Walnut Hill and Downtown districts, with just 24 modest apartment units.  It was handsome and well-appointed both inside and out with classical planning and detailing, marble and terrazzo finishes and an elevator, dumb-waiter and mail chute for the use of the residents. Many of these features were retained and restored during the renovation and contribute to the distinct character that the building embodies today.

This project was a long-overdue restoration of a prominent urban building. It is exemplary as one of the few historic restorations that retains its precise original use and many original features while receiving important updates to serve modern needs. It is memorable because it does all of this for a population that is often overlooked – twenty families with modest incomes and four formerly homeless veterans now have beautiful homes within.