Upcoming Events

Wednesday October 1, 2014 5:00pm – 8:30pm
2014 Annual Meeting
Paul Rudolph Hall, Yale University
190 York Street
New Haven, CT

Join The New Haven Preservation Trust as we convene the 53rd Annual Meeting of our organization.

We are pleased to welcome as our distinguished guest speaker, Robert A.M. Stern, Dean of the Yale School of Architecture, who will present a talk entitled, “The Life and Death of a Great American Building.”

5:00 – Social Hour and Preview of Silent Auction Items
6:00 – Presentation by Dean Stern to begin promptly. A brief Business Meeting will follow.
7:00 – Reception and Silent Auction

Guests are asked to enter at 190 York Street, and take the Loria Center elevator to the basement. Parking is available on the street.

This event is made possible through the generous support of United Illuminating and Southern Connecticut Gas.

Wednesday November 12, 2014 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Lecture: Historic Interiors - Evolution and Preservation
The New Haven Museum
114 Whitney Avenue
New Haven, CT

Historic New England’s Sally Zimmerman and Joe Cornish will explore options and tools for protecting historic house interiors, unique and important components of our heritage. Often overlooked, historic interiors can tell a compelling story of a structure’s history and evolution.

Free and open to the public. Pre-registration to 203-562-5919 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) is appreciated.

This is event is co-sponsored by NHPT, Historic New England and the New Haven Museum.

Recent Events

Wednesday August 27, 2014 12:00pm 1:00pm
Preservation Spotlight: Members Only Tour of 250 Crown Street (after)
250 Crown Street
New Haven, CT

Designer Fernando Pastor will lead Trust members through the recently rehabilitated townhouse at 250 Crown Street. Built c. 1845, this elegant brick Greek Revival structure is a remarkable survivor of this originally residential neighborhood. Soon to be home to one of Yale’s many a cappella groups, this tour offers a rare opportunity to view the house’s refurbished interior.

Tour size limited. Registration required to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 203-562-5919.

Saturday August 16, 2014 4:30pm 5:30pm
Rediscovering Wooster Square’s Historic Architecture
Wooster Square
New Haven, CT

Historic restoration architect Jay Bright will describe the rich variety of architecture surrounding Wooster Square, New Haven’s first local historic district. Tour members will see some surprising architectural transformations and juxtapositions in the process of viewing changing tastes in building styles that exist around the square.

The tour will meet at the Christopher Columbus statue, facing Chapel Street. Rain date: August 17, 4:30 pm.

Free and open to the public. To register, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call (203) 562-5919.

Thursday July 24, 2014 10:00am 12:00pm
Workshop: Rehabilitation Tax Credits for Building Professionals
Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce
900 Chapel Street, 10th Floor
New Haven, CT

Join us for an in-depth look at current State and Federal tax credit programs available to developers, builders, architects and homeowners planning to rehabilitate historic buildings in New Haven. Tax Credit Coordinator Julie Carmelich and architectural historian Mary Dunne of the State Historic Preservation Office will present information on the various tax credit programs available. Time for questions will be provided.

Registration is required to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 203-562-5919. This program is co-sponsored by NHPT and the Connecticut SHPO, and hosted by the Greater New Haven Community Loan Fund.

Wednesday July 23, 2014 5:00pm 6:00pm
Inside the Pardee-Morris House: Conservation Planning for an Historic Landmark
The Pardee-Morris House
325 Lighthouse Road
New Haven, CT

Join The New Haven Preservation Trust, the New Haven Museum, and Preservation Architect Sara Nelson (AIA of Nelson Edwards Company, Architects, LLC), for a behind-the-scenes look at the conservation of this historic 18th-century house. This presentation will focus on recent preservation efforts, including an exhaustive condition assessment study and a prioritized list of restoration needs. We will take a look at areas of the building that are not commonly seen, and enjoy an informative and considered look at the steps involved in restoration.

This event is co-sponsored by NHPT and the New Haven Museum. Free and open to the public. Space is limited; registration required. Please call 203-562-5919 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Sunday June 22, 2014 1:00pm 2:30pm
Arts & Ideas Walking Tour: The Architecture of Fair Haven Heights & Environs
154 East Grand Avenue
New Haven, CT

Join tour guides Lee Cruz and Ian Christmann for a tour of this vital historic neighborhood.

Free and open to the public. Pre-registration is appreciated; please call 203-562-5919 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Saturday June 21, 2014 10:30am 12:30pm
Arts & Ideas Walking Tour: Exploring East Rock Park’s Historic Landscape
East Rock Ranger Station
Corner of Orange Street and Cold Spring Street
New Haven, CT

The sequence of varied landscape spaces and views experienced when hiking or driving through East Rock Park is no accident. The park as we know it today is due to the foresight and planning of several of the City Fathers in the 1880s and 1890s, notably author and landscape designer Donald Grant Mitchell. Learn more about the people, historic events and context of cultural ideas which inspired this designed place with tour guide Channing Harris.

Note: This tour will be moderately strenuous (a few short hikes over one or two steep slopes, but nothing too strenuous!)

Free and open to the public. Pre-registration is appreciated; please call 203-562-5919 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Friday June 20, 2014 5:00pm 6:15am
Arts & Ideas Walking Tour: The Grandeur of Edgehill Road
Corner of Canner Street & St. Ronan Street
New Haven, CT

Edgehill Road is a stunning collection of houses primarily dating to the first decade of the 20th century. Predominantly shingle style with a few Colonial Revival and other surprises, it is exemplary of the best residential architecture of the period. Tour guide Robert Grzywacz will lead and exploration of the architecture of the street, who the original owners were, and what they contributed to New Haven.

Free and open to the public. Pre-registration is appreciated; please call 203-562-5919 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday June 19, 2014 5:30pm 6:30pm
Arts & Ideas Walking Tour: Rediscovering the Winchester Repeating Arms Company Historic District
Northwest corner of Winchester Avenue and Munson Street
New Haven, CT

Explore the recently expanded Winchester Repeating Arms Company Historic District with architectural historian Colin Caplan.

Free and open to the public. Pre-registration is appreciated; please call 203-562-5919 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday June 18, 2014 5:00pm 6:30pm
Arts & Ideas Walking Tour: Modernism in the St. Ronan Street Neighborhood
Bethesda Lutheran Church
305 Saint Ronan Street
New Haven, CT

In the 1950s and ‘60s, when urban renewal was dramatically changing New Haven’s public face, architects and clients also quietly inserted Modernist buildings into areas not directly affected by renewal, weaving them into the city’s historic fabric. This tour, led by NHPT volunteer Charlotte Hitchcock and NHPT Advisor Chris Wigren, will sample Modernist works in the Saint Ronan-Edgehill area, including private homes and neighborhood institutions. The tour will visit the interior of Bethesda Lutheran Church and view the exteriors of private homes.

Free and open to the public. Pre-registration is appreciated; please call 203-562-5919 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Saturday May 17, 2014 10:00am 12:00pm
Volunteer Opportunity: Clean-the-Green
New Haven Green
Corner of Temple and Chapel
New Haven, CT

The Friends of the Green have organized monthly initiatives to Clean-the-Green on Saturdays from April to October to show support for this historic, well-preserved space in New Haven. The New Haven Preservation Trust is happy to join in this community effort to care for this important New Haven landscape. Come out and help us to preserve this National Historic Landmark as a pleasant place for everyone to walk, talk, sit and enjoy.

We will be cleaning the Upper Green (meet in front of Trinity Church). Volunteers will be supplied with gloves and will pick up trash to be deposited in bags supplied by the Parks Department. We ask that volunteers who own rakes bring them, with their name printed on the handles.

NHPT t-shirts are available for purchase by participants. $10 members/$15 non-members. Contact the Trust for sizing and purchase information.

Please let us know if you would like to volunteer by signing up online via this link, calling 203-562-5919 or contacting .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday May 14, 2014 12:00pm 1:15pm
Architectural Tour: A New Life for Fair Haven’s Strong School
The Strong School
69 Grand Avenue
New Haven, CT

Built in 1915, the former Strong School is the third school constructed on this site. Named for Horace H. Strong, a warden of Fair Haven and a member of the New Haven Board of Education, the building was designed in the then-popular Collegiate-Tudor style. An elementary school until the late 1990s, it became a swing space during New Haven’s city-wide school renovation era. Due to its relatively small size, the Strong School was never considered for renovation and eventually became vacant. Still owned by the city, the building is now available for redevelopment. A coalition of arts organizations, businesses, and Fair Haven residents is proposing to transform the school into a center for arts education, performance, exhibitions, and community engagement. Come and learn about the creative plan to breathe new life into this vacant structure!

Free and open to the public. Registration is appreciated as the tour size is limited to a maximum of 40 persons. Please call 203-562-5919 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Tour participants should meet at the rear of the building, and enter via the door at the top of the access ramp. Parking available at the rear of Strong School and along Clinton Avenue.

Tuesday May 6, 2014 12:00pm 1:00pm
2014 NHPT Preservation Awards: Press Conference and Presentation
New Haven City Hall
165 Church Street, 2nd Floor
New Haven, CT

You are invited to join The New Haven Preservation Trust in recognizing exemplary acts of leadership in historic preservation, and in celebrating the determination of those who preserve New Haven’s architecture and neighborhoods. With these awards, we celebrate the people and places crucial to our city’s vitality.

Tuesday May 6 – Wednesday May 7, 2014 8:00am – 8:00pm
The Great Give 2014!
New Haven, CT

The New Haven Preservation Trust is proud to once again take part in The GreatGive, a 36-hour fundraising event to support non-profits in the region, sponsored by The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

Thinking of becoming a member of the Trust? Now is the time! A generous matching gift of up to $1,000 has been offered by a Board member of the Trust, for anyone who becomes a member of NHPT during the fundraising period (with a gift of $35 or more).

To participate, simply visit our Great Give donation page anytime between 8:00am, May 6 and 8:00pm May 7. It’s that easy!

Tuesday April 22, 2014 11:00am 1:00pm
Preservation Spotlight: Members Only Tour of Winchester Lofts
Winchester Lofts
275 Winchester Avenue
New Haven, CT

Join NHPT and Abe Napersak, Director of Development for Forest City Residential Group, for a tour of one of the original Winchester Repeating Arms factory buildings, slated for conversion into residential units. (The structure was recently stripped of asbestos and is now safe to visit.) The tour will preview rehabilitation plans to be presented to the State Historic Preservation Office for certification under the Federal tax credit program for preservation.

There will be two tours of the site, at 11:00 am and 12:00 pm. Each tour is limited to 15 participants; please choose a time when registering. This event is open only to members of The New Haven Preservation Trust. Please register at 203-562-5919 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tour will meet at the trailer located to the north of the factory on Winchester Avenue. Garage parking is available.

Note: This is a hard hat tour.

Wednesday April 9, 2014 12:00pm 1:00pm
Walking Tour: Goffe Street Special School
Goffe Street Special School for Colored Children
106 Goffe Street
New Haven, CT

The NHPT invites you to tour one of New Haven’s most significant historic landmarks. The Goffe Street School for Colored Children opened in 1865 to provide educational opportunities to African-American children in New Haven who were barred from attending school with their white peers. Designed by famed local architect Henry Austin in a simple brick Italianate style, and built upon land purchased and donated by Mary Lucas Hillhouse (daughter of James Hillhouse), the school operated until 1876 when the New Haven school system became integrated. The building was then used by a variety of African-American community organizations, and was both a parish hall and a Masonic lodge. The Goffe Street Special School building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

Tour is free and open to the public. Limit 40. Reservations required to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 203-562-5919.