Wooster Square: Urban Renewal Meets Historic Preservation


New Haven, CT
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Wooster Square is one of New Haven’s most fascinating neighborhoods, a maritime area that became a fashionable upper-class enclave then a gritty industrial neighborhood for new immigrants. In the 1960s, Wooster Square’s urban renewal program was one of the first to renovate, rather than replace, deteriorated buildings on a wide scale. This tour will explore how renewal changed the neighborhood, demolishing some structures and scattering their inhabitants while renovating other buildings and adding new ones designed by leading Modernist architects or local practitioners. Sites include the New Haven Central Fire Headquarters, the Conte West Hills Magnet School, and Court Street streetscape.


Guide: The tour will be led by Christopher Wigren, Deputy Director of Preservation Connecticut and a volunteer for the New Haven Preservation Trust.


Walking Tour


Space is limited.