Discover, learn, and share ideas about the built heritage of New Haven’s industrial neighborhoods. New Haven is in large part a product of its industrial past, stretching back to the late nineteenth- and early twentieth centuries. The Fair Haven, Long Wharf, and Wooster Square neighborhoods are comprised of a collection of residences, factories, and streetscapes that hold rich stories about past migrations, industry-building, urban renewal, and decline. Currently, some buildings have been adapted and reused, some are in planning or in-between states, while others languish. Together, we hope to reflect on the presence of these buildings and discuss their possible futures. In this interactive tour, we visit three to four sites largely contained within the Mill River District area to workshop a range of themes: the cost and politics of reuse; the marketing of heritage; the aesthetics and social impacts of abandonment/capital flight; the ways in which social history can be meaningfully expressed in the daily life of the built environment; and the design and planning of the future city.
Led by: Elihu Rubin, Yale School of Architecture and Saima Akhtar, Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage (IPCH) at Yale.