The Institute for the Hispanic Family is one of the many facilities that enables the Archdiocese of Hartford's Catholic Charities to reach residents within the City of Hartford. The building has been designed to accommodate four program needs, Early Childhood and Senior Center on the first floor and Adult Services and Hispanic Child Guidance on the second floor.
Set in a dense urban neighborhood, the building exterior draws inspiration from the scale, height and characteristics of surrounding multi-family dwellings. Masonry is used on major elevations facing Wadsworth and Cedar Streets, a material consistent with other structures in the neighborhood. The building also incorporates horizontal banding in the masonry, residential-scaled windows, overhangs and similar roof geometry. Other building features include low walls with plantings to reinforce street edge and visual screen parking.