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On the Green: 1900

On the Green: 1900

New Haven, Connecticut, circa 1900. "Temple Street and churches on the Green." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

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Rapturous

Here's the best view I could find - New Haven has lots of trees and buses! As in the photo, the two churches are the Center Church (left) and United Church (middle). The line of houses and smaller buildings on the right were replaced by the New Haven Free Public Library (Cass Gilbert, 1911) and New Haven County Courthouse (Allen and Williams, 1917).

I found out that the Green was sized by the town's founding Puritans to accommodate the 144,000 people who would be taken in the Second Coming. Also, it was town's main burial ground for its first 150 years. When they opened a new cemetery, they took the stones but left the bones!

On the green 2021

Yale University campus is just a short stroll behind the churches. I'm guessing Dutch Elm disease thinned out the trees.

Divisiveness Knows No Bounds

After looking at this calming park in it's its current form, it's unfortunate that such a beautiful place has to be defaced with political divisiveness. I would not want to sit there now.

One Hundred Twenty Years later,

I walked my daughter Libby to the Justice of the Peace, where her future husband was waiting. Thanks for the photo!

Fuzzy Memories

An area I have poor memories of, but enhanced by Street View. Photo is taken from Chapel St. looking northeast with Elm Street in the background. The churches are the Center Church on the Green and the United Church on the Green to its right. The Trinity Church on the Green is out of frame to the left. The houses in the background are along Elm Street and have been succeeded by the New Haven Free Public Library (sited and built 1906-1911) and the New Haven County Courthouse (1917).

No more Bandstand

But Center Church (foreground) and United Church (background) are still standing tall.

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