Three historic buildings on Crown Street, in the heart of New Haven’s Ninth Square National Register District are open to the weather, and have recently been subject to extensive internal demolition. This demolition has been done in the absence of plans for the use and renovation of the buildings.
A petition drive has been launched to protect endangered buildings:
-- 26-28 Crown Street built c1875, a commercial block with the good detailing customary of the period – bracketed cornice work, arched cut stone window heads and lintels.
-- 30-36 Crown Street built c1875, a highly unusual curtain wall warehouse building, with exceptionally fine multi-paned windows and composition of its frame and infill construction.
-- 40-46 Crown Street, c1910, the S.Z. Field Building, an industrial printing plant fitted out with classical detailing to give it a lively and dignified street façade.
This block is Downtown New Haven's best, and one of Connecticut's only, remaining blocks of historic 19th century industrial architecture in a dense urban setting. These buildings are irreplaceable.
RE: 26 -28 Crown Street, 30-36 Crown Street, and 40-46 Crown Street
We the undersigned wish to express our concerns regarding the condition of these three historic buildings on Crown Street, in the heart of New Haven’s Ninth Square National Register Historic District.
The buildings, which are all listed as contributing structures in the historic district, are open to the weather, and have been subject to profound neglect and extensive internal demolition.
This demolition has been done in the absence of formal or approved plans for the renovation of the buildings. We ask the City of New Haven to take any and all steps necessary to secure and protect these historic resources.