New Haven City Hall

City of New Haven : New Haven, CT

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City of New Haven : New Haven, CT

Designed by noted architect Henry Austin, New Haven’s City Hall is an exuberant, early example of High Victorian Gothic architecture. Dominating the historic New Haven Green, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.

Combining preservation, restoration and new construction, its renewal is the culmination of a decades-long effort by citizens to preserve the building and incorporate it meaningfully into the new government center development.

The mayor’s offices were returned to their original location overlooking the Green. The central four-story stair hall, which had been demolished, was reconstructed along with its original cast-iron staircase, skylight and vaulted ceiling.

One of the most important organizing elements is the new colonnade, the largest public space in the building, providing access to City agencies, the Aldermanic Chamber and the Hall of Records. The 600-car parking garage is “hidden” within and beneath the structure.


Honor Award for Design Excellence
American Institute of Architects/CT

Unbuilt Projects Award
American Institute of Architects/CT