Architect: Attributed to Henry Austin Date: 1850 Owner: Andrew Ehrgood and Jane Lee
Exterior Renovation Date: c.2013
Federal. Georgian. Gothic. Italianate. Indeed one of the most endearing aspects of New Haven residential life is the pockets of charming historical neighborhoods spread within its boundaries. Even as the city grows and technology continues to advance, these neighborhoods have managed to retain both their architecturally-unique and individual characteristics, thereby enchanting generations of inhabitants with their historical relevance. Nowhere is this spirit of preservation captured or continued with more success than in the area of Wooster Square, and the home of Jane Lee and Andrew Ehrgood. For not only does their home tell the story of Wooster Square’s formative years, but also captures a pivotal era of vibrant urban renewal and modernism in the city’s 20th century history. Today, the Nelson Hotchkiss House remains a testament to many periods of New Haven’s history. Following a sensitive adaptation, the residence has maintained its relevancy to its community — both those in the present as well as those in the past.
2016 NHPT Merit Plaque
Winchester Lofts (Formerly part of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company) 275 Winchester Avenue
Architect: Leoni W. Robinson Date: c.1915
Project Developer: Forest City Residential Group; Abe Naparstek, Senior Vice President Project Architect: DiMella Shaffer Renovation Date: 2015
New Haven continues the phoenix-like transformation of its industrial architectural heritage with the adaptive conversion of a key building of the former Winchester Repeating Arms Factory complex into 158 unique apartments. Vacant for many years, the now-renovated brick building is a compelling fit for contemporary living in a 125 year-old structure. The block long, three- and four-story structures are a classic form of factory architecture: tall windows creating naturally-lit work spaces; high ceilings for shaft and belt-driven lathes and other machinery; wood, concrete and steel framing; and wood floors. The New Haven Preservation Trust was instrumental in nominating the Winchester Repeating Arms Company industrial complex to the National Register of Historic Places.
2016 NHPT Landmark Plaque
Knights of Columbus Building One Columbus Plaza
Architect: Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates LLC Date: 1969 Owner: Knights of Columbus
Façade Replacement Architect: Leo A. Daly Façade Replacement: 2014
The Knights of Columbus building is a rare being: an icon in modern architecture. Conceived without the luxury of a historical precedent, this 23-story statement structure became preeminent the moment it was finished in 1969. It is both gateway to the city of New Haven and focal point: both architecture and sculpture, serving civic and corporate functions, it is definitively iconic. The tower is a diagram of architectural distillation: concrete piers support distinctly offset steel floor plates, between which glass walls span. It is with these glass walls that the architectural firm of Leo A. Daly reintroduced the concepts of building architect Roche Dinkeloo, with both a reverence and fealty to design that is exceptional. The costs of the custom-crafted and complete reengineering are significant, and are really only necessary if you truly value the aesthetics of a building. The Knights of Columbus Supreme Council deserves full commendation for their recognition of the civic and aesthetic significance of their headquarters; a gift they gave to the New Haven cityscape almost 50 years ago. If you value something, it is essential that you put your money where your values are. The Knights of Columbus have done just that through the sensitive restoration of their iconic headquarters: reinforcing not only their tradition of service, but also supporting the city of New Haven, and a citizen’s commitment to protecting a legacy of Modernism.