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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A Library Becomes A Museum

by Duo Dickinson | Aug 26, 2016 8:15 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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How Police Stations Became Fortresses

by Jonathan Hopkins | May 30, 2016 1:36 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.

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