About New Haven’s Historic Districts
An historic district is a contiguous grouping of buildings or sites that share thematic historical significance and periods of construction. Examples include residential areas, commercial districts and industrial complexes.
The city of New Haven currently has twenty-seven historic districts. Nineteen of these districts are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and five are listed on the State Register of Historic Places. Three of New Haven’s Historic Districts are designated at the local level, offering additional legal protection to the historic properties within them. New Haven’s Local Historic Districts are City Point, which correlates to the Oyster Point National District, Quinnipiac River, which correlates to the Quinnipiac Avenue National District, and Wooster Square. The Wooster Square National and Local Districts encompass the same area, while the other Local Districts are not coterminous with their National counterparts.