New Haven’s Ninth Square Historic District is a four-block
area which contains an extraordinary number of existing turn-of-the-century
commercial and residential structures. During a century of neglect the
buildings had been abandoned and become quite deteriorated. In order to
preserve this great historic resource and to revitalize this blighted
neighborhood, the owner engaged Smith Edwards Architects.
Thirteen of the historic structures were given complete exterior restorations
which returned them to their original appearance. These buildings were
provided with retail space located on their ground floors, and the upper
floors were renovated to provide one hundred fifty-one new units of
housing comprised of studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments.
An historic carriage house was converted into a social space for the community,
and “vest-pocket” parks and courtyards provide a pedestrian
link between the various buildings in the project.
This project was awarded the 1995 Urban Design Honor Award from the American
Institute of Architects, the 1995 Design Award from AIA Connecticut, and
the 1995 Preservation Award from the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation.