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    Historic Preservation and the Historic District Commission

    Overview

    New Haven is rich in historic resources. These include a wide variety of historic residential neighborhoods and landmarks, both buildings and places. There are 17 National Register Historic Districts in the city and three Local Historic Districts. There are also 32 properties or sites on the National Register that are individually listed. In addition, approximately 4,000 properties have been identified in surveys conducted by the Connecticut Historical Commission as possibly being eligible for listing on the National Register.

    The three Local Historic Districts are Wooster Square (est. 1970), Quinnipiac River (est. 1978) and City Point (est. 2001). These districts contain 178, 241 and 123 properties respectively. A distinct residential architecture and a unique environment characterize all three. Alterations to building exteriors in Local Historic Districts are subject to a high level of oversight through the issuance of Certificates of Appropriateness by the Historic District Commission. The Commission also plays a central role in the creation of new local districts. Click here for the Commission schedule and agenda.

    Actions which may affect the historic character of state and national register historic districts, as well as individually listed and survey properties, are typically subject to review and approval when federal funds are used in support of the project as part of the City,'s environmental clearance responsibilities.

    The City of New Haven is a "Certified Local Government" and partners with the State Historic Preservation Officer on historic preservation programs. For more information, contact Tom Talbot at the City Plan Department, (203) 946-8237 or ttalbot@newhavenct.net.


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