Book details stories of those behind New Haven historic buildings

NEW HAVEN – Every building in this city has a builder, and each builder has a unique life story. Knowing these stories, says Susan Godshall, is the starting point for understanding “part of our built heritage”.

The book includes biographies of 23 architects who built homes, commercial and academic buildings, monuments, and other structures in the city between 1810 and 1930, with full-color illustrations and maps of the 55 buildings featured in the book .

Godshall, a longtime city resident who is involved with the NHPT, said she stumbled upon the builders’ life stories while looking at an inventory of historical resources on different properties for the conservation trust.

She said the book started out as 28 pages, with one page for each builder, but “the deeper we got, the more we realized these builders had life stories,” she said. “They have families, they have citizenship.”


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