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A Library Becomes A Museum

by Duo Dickinson | Aug 26, 2016 7:15 am

Duo Dickinson PhotoSet 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?

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Flight From Faith

by Duo Dickinson | Mar 14, 2016 1:27 pm

Wikimedia CommonsThere’s an architectural trend in secularization in New Haven, and it’s only gaining speed as we transition from the 20th century into the 21st.

The 1904 episcopal Church of the Epiphany, now below the Q-/Pearl Harbor Bridge, became a restaurant in 1944, then a plumbing supply house, then a strip club. The Calvary Baptist Church became the Yale Repertory Theater. The Trinity Home Church was taken over by the Salvation Army. The Henry Austin Design Chapel is soon to be turned into market-rate rental housing. The Orange Street location of Temple Mishkan Israel moved to Hamden, its building becoming the Educational Center for the Arts. It may be saving a building by adaptive reuse, but it means one bigger thing: churches today are in great danger.

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