A Threat to 262 York Street

New Haven’s heavy February snowfall damaged the structural integrity of the Second Empire-style façade of the Cornelius Pierpont house (c.1860) located at 262 York Street, best known to the public as the home of J. Press clothiers. The building (owned by a Japanese LLC called J. Press Incorporated, based in NYC) has been declared unsafe for occupancy by the City.

At present the building’s façade is covered by a tarp and J. Press has relocated (hopefully temporarily) to Chapel Street. Touted by architectural historian Elizabeth Mills Brown as “the most celebrated fixture” of the York Street row, the building is a rare survivor from the mid-nineteenth century. Alerted to its potential demolition by a recent inquiry from a local contractor, the New Haven Preservation Trust, in collaboration with the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, is deeply concerned by the building’s uncertain situation and is closely monitoring its status.