FRIENDS OF THE DWIGHT HISTORIC DISTRICT
Neighbors. Advocates. Friends.
Improving the lives of Dwight residents by advocating for the needs of the neighborhood's diverse population and the preservation of the district's rich cultural heritage. New Haven, CT
A Dialog on a Preservation Ordinance for New Haven
We are currently campaigning for New Haven to adopt a Preservation Ordinance. We believe a preservation ordinance can help our city grow responsibly while retaining it's heritage. In this video Brad Schide of CT Preservation and Mary Falvey of Hartford Preservation Alliance explain what a preservation ordinance is, how it works, and why it has helped Hartford.
Join us for a free community meeting on Wednesday December 4 at 6PM at the Ives Main New Haven Public Library.
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FIGHTING DOUBLE DEMOLITION ON HOWE ST
UPDATE: The State's Historic Preservation Council agreed that the buildings should be saved. They have referred the matter up to the State Attorney General's office to block the demolition.
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We have no further news to share as of 11/11/19.
We are trying to save 95 Howe and 97-99 Howe from demolition. Both buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places as contributing structures to the Dwight Street Historic District. Both buildings are slated for demolition to be replaced by a six-story apartment building.
We support development of the property, though we oppose demolition of the two National Register of Historic Places buildings. We believe these buildings should be restored for adaptive reuse, with the new apartment complex built behind them (on an existing parking lot)––retaining the neighborhood's character and heritage, which would be a win for the neighborhood, city, and developer. More at: New Haven Independent
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Join the Historic District Commissioners (City of New Haven), New Haven Preservation Trust, Greater New Haven African American Historical Society, the Friends of the Dwight Historic District, Dwight Central Management Team, Alder Frank E. Douglass, Jr., and more than 800 residents, as we fight to save these historic buildings and our cultural heritage.
97-99, 95 HOWE ST
PROPOSED CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT
95 Howe, the smaller Greek Revival home at the far right in the above photo, was built by local developer Henry Dougal in 1833.
95-97 Howe, the larger Italianate 3-story home retains it’s flat-roofed cupola, original double-leaf front door, and full-front Colonial Revival porch of two stories with a third floor balcony. It was once home to Rev. Amos Gerry Beman, a nationally important African American abolitionist, suffragist, and temperance reformer. Rev. Beman was also a “zealous manager of the New Haven Vigilance Committee and an agent of the Underground Railroad” [p.111, The Underground Railroad in Connecticut by Horacio T. Strother, Wesleyan Univ Press, 1962]. (More on Rev. Beman here.)
Later this home became a Ladies Seminary run by Rev. Heman Bangs and his wife Sally. Rev. Bangs was one of the foremost Methodist preachers of his day. From 1870-1889, the structure housed the West End Institute––one of the leading schools for women in the area. The school curriculum included a preparatory course for women intending to enter Smith, Vassar, and Wellesley Colleges. “The first woman fitted for college in Connecticut was fitted at West End Institute and attended Vassar.”—Connecticut Circle, 1939
PRESERVING THE NEIGHBORHOOD
"It always seems impossible until it is done."––Nelson Mandela
596-598 GEORGE ST
1249 CHAPEL ST
Saved from demolition
Built around 1885, preservationists call this Queen Anne-Romanesque Revival style multi-family house a "linchpin" property that helps anchor the Dwight and West River neighborhoods. More at:
Plans originally called for tearing down this historic Queen Anne/Colonial Revival two-family home to make way for a new apartment complex. After outcry from FDHD, the developer agreed to buy an adjacent empty lot and move the house there instead of destroying it. More at:
RESIDENTS WORKING TOGETHER
Led by Olivia Martson, we are a group of local residents who meet regularly to share concerns and ideas, so that we may advocate for these issues on both a door-to-door level as well as at city leadership meetings. We strive to build productive relationships and make a positive impact with all of our pursuits.
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