Upcoming Events

Thursday October 23, 2014 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Volunteer Open House
The New Haven Preservation Trust
922 State Street
New Haven, CT

Interested in volunteering with the Trust? Join the NHPT Board and staff for refreshments and an informal discussion of volunteer opportunities, including tour leadership, historic preservation research & oversight, writing, photography, programs & events, and more!

While drop-ins are welcome, registration is appreciated to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 203-562-5919.

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.

Tuesday November 18, 2014 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Preservation Spotlight: Members Only Tour of Winchester Lofts (after)
Winchester Lofts
275 Winchester Avenue
New Haven, CT

Trust members are invited to inspect the recently completed residences at Winchester Lofts, the first residential conversion at the historic Winchester Repeating Arms industrial complex in Newhallville. Abe Naperstek, Senior Vice President for East Coast Development at Forest City Residential Group, will lead the tour of this impressive project.

This event is open only to members of The New Haven Preservation Trust and tour size is limited. Please register at 203-562-5919 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Recent Events

Saturday October 11, 2014 10:00am 11:30am
DOCOMOMO Tour Day 2014: New Haven’s 1960s Vision for the Future
Church and George Streets
New Haven, CT

The New Haven Preservation Trust is proud to once again take part in DOCOMOMO Tour Day! Join us for a short walking tour of a classic New Haven Urban Renewal neighborhood, to revisit the decade of big scale, concrete experimentation and structural innovation. We’ll see (from the outside only):

  • Knights of Columbus Headquarters: Kevin Roche John Dinkaloo Associates, architects, 1967;
  • Temple Street Garage: Paul Rudolph, 1962;
  • Site of the former New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum: Kevin Roche John Dinkaloo Associates, architects, 1969 (to be redeveloped);
  • Knights of Columbus Museum (formerly the Community Services Building): Douglas Orr, De Cossy, Winder, architects, 1965

Meet at the southeast corner of Church and George Streets (across from Gateway Community College). Parking is available in the Paul Rudolph-designed Temple Street Garage (1962) or at meters on the street.

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

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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 and Life 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

Free and open to the public. $10 suggested donation at the door. All proceeds from this event will benefit The New Haven Preservation Trust. 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.

We would like to thank the following for their generous donations: Basta Trattoria, Blessings II Go, Café Romeo, Cave a Vin, Caseus Fromagerie & Bistro, Chestnut Fine Foods, Hull’s Art Supply & Framing, L’Orcio Italian Food & Drink, Mambo Cocina Latino, Manjares Fine Pastries, Marjolaine, Modern Apizza, The New Haven Lawn Club, Nica’s Market, Oak Haven Table & Bar, olea, Roia Restaurant, The Soup Girl, Whitneyville Food Center

Thursday September 18, 2014 1:00pm 2:00pm
Walking Tour: Yale Bowl 100th Anniversary
Yale Bowl
New Haven, CT

Completed in 1914, the Yale Bowl (Charles A. Ferry, architect) celebrates its 100th Anniversary this year.

NHPT is pleased to offer this walking tour of New Haven’s most prominent National Historic Landmark with Steven Conn (Director of Sports Publicity at Yale), Jack Merrill (retired Director of Yale Athletic Facilities), and Jack Shannahan (retired Director of the CT Historical Commission, and former State Historic Preservation Officer).

Free and open to the public. Registration strongly encouraged. Please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 203-562-5919.

Parking: Enter from Central Avenue, using driveway between Yale Hospitality Village and Lot F Special. Tour meets at the Webster Bank “Yale Bowl 100” tent.

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.