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New website details New Haven’s Modern heritage

April 24, 2014

The New Haven Preservation Trust (NHPT) recently unveiled an innovative new website that provides a comprehensive overview of New Haven’s rich involvement with the Modern Movement. Over 130 built projects by more than 80 Modernist architects are at the fingertips of anyone wanting to know more about this “mid-century Modern architect’s playground.”

The new website is the latest outgrowth of NHPT’s multi-phase inventory and survey project. Working from a commissioned report by historian Rachel D. Carley entitled “Tomorrow is Here: New Haven and the Modern Movement,” a volunteer survey team documented 124 examples of Modernist properties in New Haven, constructed roughly between 1930-1980. The result is an inventory that reveals how the city’s sweeping urban renewal programs of the 1950s and ’60s, coupled with the presence of numerous young architects associated with the Yale School of Architecture, created a rich and varied collection of Modern structures. Upon completion of the survey, and approval by the State Historic Preservation Office, these properties were formally added to New Haven’s Historic Resources Inventory, providing them with limited protection via city ordinance, imposing a mandatory 90-day waiting period before a permit to demolish may be granted.