New Haven Preservation Trust Presents: All Things New Are Old Again

The word “modern” is often used interchangeably with “new,” but “Modern” architecture represents a specific period, a moment in history that is growing ever further distant with each passing year. Modern architecture isn’t really new anymore. The familiar saying goes, “all things old are new again,” but when it comes to Modern architecture, the opposite is true. 

How do we address these aging structures? Issues of both preservation policy and preservation practice must be tackled. As we enter a new decade, preservationists are facing the challenge of honoring and saving modernist buildings of the 1970s whose construction was often seen by their preservationist predecessors as an unwelcome addition to the urban landscape. 

When compared to older, more intricate architectural styles, Modern architecture may strike the more casual observer as overly simple, unnecessarily harsh, and uncomfortably imposing. But a closer look at these buildings reveals references to classical styles and forms and ways they can be adapted to 21st-century life.

Our map of 1970s architecture includes a suggested driving route for the tour.

All buildings inventoried on our New Haven Modern website and completed between 1970 and 1979 are included on the map. Buildings featured in this tour are marked with a green icon. All points have a link to the relevant Historic Resource Inventory pages for further reading.

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