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Historic New Britain building converted to apartments; you can now live where Harry Houdini performed

Published: Friday, 19 June 2020 14:12

File photo Mike Orazzi | Staff
The John A Andrews Building, built in 1903, is a five story landmark located on Main Street New Britain.
File photo Mike Orazzi | Staff The John A Andrews Building, built in 1903, is a five story landmark located on Main Street New Britain.

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New Britain residents and those wishing to move to the city will now have a new option for apartment living, as renovation on the Andrews building has been completed.

City-based JASKO Development finished its reworking of the historic building at 132 Main St., creating 20 one-bedroom apartments on four floors. The building was converted from what was commercial space.

“With the opening of Columbus Commons and these new beautiful apartments, close to 100 new housing units have been added to downtown New Britain,” Mayor Erin Stewart said. “I applaud JASKO Development for their continued improvements in our downtown and their commitment to maintaining the historical integrity of our city’s remaining architectural gems.”

Avner Krohn, managing partner of JASKO, said the units will feature high-end, distinctive finishes. Rent will be 20 to 30 percent lower than comparable units in Hartford and surrounding towns, according to the city.

“The units have taken on the décor of early 1900s Prohibition era,” Krohn said. “I believe we will continue to see a more vibrant downtown with all of the continued adaptive reuse of historic buildings.”

The building is the site where famed magician Harry Houdini, in the 1920s, performed one of his escapes while dangling high above Main Street. William Cadwell designed the building and it is named after John A. Andrews, a furniture salesman. It was constructed in 1903.

The new apartment building will also include space in the basement and first floor for two to three bars or restaurants, according to Krohn.