Highlighting Notable Local Builders

03may6:00 pm7:30 pmHighlighting Notable Local Builders6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Event Details

The New Haven Museum will celebrate National Preservation Month with a presentation by co-authors Susan Godshall and Jack Tripp, “The Builder Book: Carpenters, Masons, and Contractors in Historic New Haven,” based on their book by the same title. The free event will be on Wednesday, May 3, 2023, at 6 p.m.

Godshall and Tripp will highlight some of the Elm City’s historic architecture with biographies and colorful illustrations. The presentation will celebrate the often-unknown men, and one woman, who built houses, commercial and academic buildings, monuments, and other structures in New Haven between 1810 and 1930.

The presentation will give details on the lives and achievements of builders such as Alice T. Washburn, who designed houses in New Haven, Hamden, and Cheshire; Black entrepreneur, builder and engineer, William Lanson; and James Edward English, a carpenter who went on to become Governor of Connecticut.

The project originated with a grant to The New Haven Preservation Trust from the State Historic Preservation Office. Godshall hopes the presentation will help attendees develop curiosity about the buildings they pass every day and become observant of the historic architecture in every New Haven neighborhood.



(Wednesday) 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


New Haven Museum

114 Whitney Ave., New Haven, CT USA