Architecture

Preservation Awards Honor “Walk Into The Past”

by Allan Appel | May 16, 2017 4:27 pm | Comments (5)

NHPT Photo When officials at the New Haven Preservation Trust told Chris Schaefer they wanted to recognize his work over the last 31 years in lovingly restoring his 1871 oysterwoman’s home on Second Street in City Point, his first response was, “But I’m not done yet.”

He told them he needed about six more years to finish up before being considered for an award. Their response: “We don’t want to give it posthumously.”

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The Armory, en La Ronde

by Lucy Gellman | Oct 6, 2016 12:08 pm | Comments (3)

As I followed a dotted line of orange tape into an old bathroom at New Haven’s Goffe Street Armory, Martial Chazallon’s voice flowed from a pair of earbuds into my ears, directing me to sit in a plush armchair and start to relax.

Sit down, he urged, the command softened in the thick webbing of his French accent.  Place your hands on your knees. Back straight against your chair. Feet flat on the floor. Are you feeling the solidness of that floor through your shoes, your socks? Listen to your breath. Listen to the building. 

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All Hail The King’s Block At Bicentennial

by Allan Appel | Sep 30, 2016 12:13 pm | Comments (2)

Allan Appel PhotoNot too many Elm Citizens — even the most preservation-minded — can tell you at the drop of a three-cornered hat to name the oldest surviving Federalist commercial building in the New Haven area.

One woman who can is 95-year-old Deb Townshend, Fair Haven’s most eminent historian, and the woman who three decades ago saved that very building from the wrecking ball.

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