by Allan Appel | Sep 30, 2016 11:13 am | Comments (2)
Not 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.
Continue reading ‘All Hail The King’s Block At Bicentennial’
by Lucy Gellman | Sep 20, 2016 2:50 pm | Comments (33)
The last of the old Ninth Square merchants, ACME Furniture, is in the process of closing to make way for new apartments — while a third-generation member of the family is scurrying to preserve much of the New Haven history inside the building.
Continue reading ‘ACME Closing; 3,000 Artifacts Need Home’
by Duo Dickinson | Sep 1, 2016 7:17 am | Comments (2)
Fun fact: There may be more high modern buildings per capita in New Haven that in any city in the world.
That’s right. Any city in the whole wide world.
Continue reading ‘Hi, Modern!’
by Duo Dickinson | Aug 31, 2016 11:14 am | Comments (6)
The Yale Building Project has a relatively new name: The Jim Vlock First Year Building Project. Don’t let the new branding fool you: not too much has changed about it, except a widening and progressively hyperlocal focus. And that’s a good thing.
Continue reading ‘Hyperlocal Home-Raising’
by Duo Dickinson | Aug 26, 2016 7:15 am
Set to reopen to the public Sept. 6, Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, built not only to house books but to glory in their beauty and physical presence, is at a crossroads. Will the stacks, designed as a celebratory exhibit in a glass inner cube for all who enter, take on a different life in an increasingly digital age?
Continue reading ‘A Library Becomes A Museum’
by Jonathan Hopkins | May 30, 2016 12:36 pm | Comments (5)
On March 31, an issue was opened on the web-based platform for reporting non-emergency issues in New Haven, SeeClickFix, in response to a point made on a WNHH Radio show by Paul Bass, editor of the New Haven Independent, about the city’s community policing district substations looking “more like fortresses than something inviting.” Within a couple of weeks, the issue garnered over 20 comments and nearly as many supporting votes to address the perception that the buildings are uninviting to the public.
Continue reading ‘How Police Stations Became Fortresses’
by Allan Appel | May 13, 2016 6:23 am | Comments (9)
Whether you deem it an architectural modernist icon or a human-dwarfing iconosaurus, there’s no ignoring the Knights of Columbus Tower.
The New Haven Preservation Trust (NHPT) not only did not ignore it — it awarded the building and the team that restored its heating, cooling, and glazing systems the Landmark Plaque “for extraordinary devotion to preservation.”
Continue reading ‘Knights Tower Knighted’
by Duo Dickinson | Apr 26, 2016 7:22 am | Comments (2)
Until recent history, bromances greatly shaped the architectural framework of New Haven. That’s right: Bromances.
Continue reading ‘Visionary Bromances’
by Allan Appel | Apr 18, 2016 11:27 am | Comments (1)
After being closed for almost a year while facing an uncertain future, the John Slade Ely House Center for Contemporary Art is about to get some lovin’ from a new landlord and new/old tenants.
Continue reading ‘Former Ely House Foes Sing Kumbaya’
by Duo Dickinson | Apr 13, 2016 5:22 am | Comments (2)
Is there a future for the architectural profession?
Continue reading ‘Architecture Becomes A Lifestyle’