Designated a Registered Landmark (August 21, 1935)

The Trustees of the Colt Bequest Inc.

(860) 246-4025

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Armsmear: A Unique Community for Senior Women

 Elizabeth H. Colt, a foresighted philanthropist, left her home and much of her estate to provide a residence and support  for  senior women in Hartford and surrounding areas of Connecticut. The center  of our community is the former Colt Mansion, known as  Armsmear, a historic landmark in the heart of Hartford, which has been open to women since 1911. Armsmear is a very diverse community. We welcome  women  of  limited income , who are age 60 and over  and capable of independent living to apply for admission. 


About Us

Armsmear is governed by The Trustees of the Colt Bequest. Like our founder Elizabeth Hart Jarvis Colt, we believe that women of a certain age with limited resources should have a safe and comfortable place to live. We are dedicated to preserving and maintaining the dignity, self-worth, safety, and well-being of those living within the Armsmear community.

Armsmear at a Glance

*Our location is just south of downtown, within walking distance of Hartford Hospital, Hartford Public Library and Wadsworth Atheneum.

*51 unfurnished one bed apartments

*Laundry facilities and basement storage in each building

*Maintenance staff and Security on duty around the clock

*Chapel services weekly, Chapel is open daily to all

*Common rooms available for social events and meetings

*Social activities and guest speakers, programs

*Garden plots available, active gardening group

*Bus stop in front of main building for public transportation

*No smoking policy