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New Haven's Historical Buildings Tour (Self Guided), New Haven

New Haven is a city of architectural diversity, hence the variety of architectural styles depicted in its churches, houses and buildings. Almost every corner has a building that is somewhat related to art and history. Take this tour and enjoy New Haven's greatest sites.
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New Haven's Historical Buildings Tour Map

Guide Name: New Haven's Historical Buildings Tour
Guide Location: USA » New Haven (See other walking tours in New Haven)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
Author: AudreyB
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Battell Chapel
  • John Cook House
  • Imperial Granum-Joseph Parker Buildings
  • Lafayette B. Mendel House
  • Lincoln Theatre
  • Ingalls Rink
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Battell Chapel

1) Battell Chapel (must see)

Battell Chapel at Yale University was built in 1874-76 as a Civil War memorial, with funds donated by Joseph Battell and others of his family. The chapel was designed by Russell Sturgis, Jr. in High Victorian Gothic style of rough brown sandstone. It was the third of Yale's chapels and is the largest on-campus house of worship.

The Apse Memorial Windows were designed by the architect Russell Sturgis and installed by Slack, Booth & Co. of Orange, New Jersey in 1876. At the top of the center window appears the name of an early benefactor of Yale University, Elihu Yale. The chapel was built to provide space for daily chapel, which was mandatory at Yale for students until 1926. Built together with Durfee and Farnam Halls at the corner of College and Elm Streets, the chapel was also part of an ongoing program to build up the perimeter of Old Campus and separate it from the rest of the city. The Battell Chapel clock, with chimes consisting of five large bells that rang at each quarter hour, was at one time the clock to which others at Yale was synchronized; however, the chimes have been silent for years.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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John Cook House

2) John Cook House

The John Cook House is a Federal style building, that dates from c. 1807. It is one of the oldest stone buildings in New Haven. The house has a rare feature, in that it includes sandstone quoining. It was built by or for one John Cook, a merchant and tailor. The house was later purchased by Charles Atwater, Jr.. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. It's adjacent to the 1828 Caroline Nicoll House, another NRHP-listed building. David Hoadley designed the third-floor ballroom.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Imperial Granum-Joseph Parker Buildings

3) Imperial Granum-Joseph Parker Buildings

The Imperial Granum-Joseph Parker Buildings is a listing of two buildings on 0.9 acres (0.36 ha) on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The Imperial Granum Building, built in 1875, is at 47 Elm Street and the Joseph Parker Building, built separately in 1877, is at 49-51 Elm Street. The buildings came under one owner in 1945, and the buildings were joined in upper floors by brick walls being broken through. Also a shared, interior staircase was created. The combo is also known as Del Monico Building.

According to the 1986 National Register nomination, the Imperial Granum Building, named for a patent medicine, has the only cast-iron facade in New Haven, and the Joseph Parker Building is the best surviving example of Victorian Gothic commercial architecture in the city. A store named DelMonico Hatter occupied part or all of the first floor, in photo included in the nomination.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Lafayette B. Mendel House

4) Lafayette B. Mendel House

The Lafayette B. Mendel House is an historic Italianate house designed by New Haven architect Henry Austin. It was the home of Yale University physiology professor, Lafayette Benedict Mendel from 1900 – 1924. The Lafayette B. Mendel House was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976. The building now houses a law firm. Mendel helped bring the study of nutrition into the scientific realm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Lincoln Theatre

5) Lincoln Theatre

Also known as the Little Theatre on Lincoln Street, the Lincoln Theatre is an interesting piece of architecture constructed in 1924. It was designed in modern free-style according to the plans of Samuel G. Russell and George H. Gray. The structure made of concrete, stucco and wood is not only remarkable for its physical appearance, it is also important as a surviving element of the 1911-1933 Little Theatre Movement.
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Ingalls Rink

6) Ingalls Rink

David S. Ingalls Rink is a hockey rink designed by architect Eero Saarinen and built between 1953 and 1958 for Yale University. The building has since been renovated by Kevin Roche and Roche-Dinkeloo, the firm which is a direct outgrowth of Eero Saarinen and Associates. It is commonly referred to as The Whale, due to its appearance. The rink stands at the intersection of Prospect and Sachem Streets.

The building was constructed for $1.5 million, which was double its original cost estimate. It seats 3,500 people and has a maximum ceiling height of 23 meters. The building is named for David S. Ingalls, Yale class of 1920, and David S. Ingalls, Jr., Yale class of 1956, both of whom were hockey captains. Members of the Ingalls family were the primary benefactors of the arena. The building was included on the America's Favorite Architecture list, created in 2007 by the American Institute of Architects.

The rink employs an innovative structural system in which a 90 meter reinforced concrete arch, from which a cable net is hung, supports a timber roof. This causes a stable, double curvature form. Exterior cables linking the arch directly to the outer edges of the roof were added during structural design development. These cables address forces caused by asymmetrical wind loads. Fred N. Severud was the structural engineer for the project.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in New Haven, Connecticut

Create Your Own Walk in New Haven

Create Your Own Walk in New Haven

Creating your own self-guided walk in New Haven is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Religious Buildings Walk in New Haven

Religious Buildings Walk in New Haven

New Haven is home to a number of beautiful churches, the majority of which feature mostly Gothic style. You can see examples of Georgian, Federal and Colonial styles of architecture. You will also have the possibility of visiting the city's three famous churches near New Haven Green Park.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles
Museums and Galleries Tour

Museums and Galleries Tour

As New Haven is home to Yale University, the city houses some of the most significant collections of art and natural history in the world. These are the Peabody Museum of Natural History, the Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art. There are also galleries supporting the city's current artists. Take a look at the legendary collections of New Haven.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
Yale University Walking Tour, Part I

Yale University Walking Tour, Part I

Founded in 1701, Yale ranks among the oldest, free educational institutions in the U.S. Due to its age, Yale University has a great historical and architectural beauty. Its halls and institutions preserve the spirit of history and education. Feel comfortable to learn and enjoy the facilities of Yale University.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 Km or 0.7 Miles
Yale University Walking Tour, Part II

Yale University Walking Tour, Part II

Yale University is one of the world's most significant educational institutions. As Yale's campus is rich in architectural splendors, there's a beauty of structures not only on the territory of the campus. Come and continue your trip on the grounds of the extraordinary campus and its surroundings founded in 1701.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 Km or 1.2 Miles
New Haven Downtown Introduction Walk

New Haven Downtown Introduction Walk

New Haven, Connecticut is known worldwide as the home of Yale University, one of America's oldest and most prestigious education institutions. No wonder, the bulk of local attractions are one way or another associated with Yale, e.g. the Yale University Art Gallery, the Yale Center for British Art, and more. Other notable sights include the City Hall, the County Courthouse, the New Haven Free...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 Km or 2.4 Miles