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News April 2016

Breuer’s Pirelli Building to be included in transit-oriented development study

April 23, 2016

The New Haven, CT Board of Alders has ok’d plans for the city to seek state funds for a transit-oriented development and construction grant for 352 acres of New Haven harbor front. Earmarked in the grant application is $150,000 for an economic analysis of the district and a strategy for filling in vacant spaces, including the long-vacant Pirelli Tire building. Designed by Marcel Breuer and constructed from 1968 to 1970 for the Armstrong Rubber Company, the office building is prominently located beside two major highways and IKEA. The Swedish furniture company purchased the building in 2003 with the intention of razing it for an expansive parking lot, but in the end settled for partial demolition. Since then the building has sat empty and forlorn. The city’s study could be a step in the right direction. A hopeful sign is that the application highlights the Pirelli building as a “nationally-recognized achievement in Modern architecture.”

Pirelli Tire Building before and after partial demolition by IKEA. Top photo ©Robert Narracci, bottom photo ©Ty Cole.