Cultural Heritage Tours

A project of the ETHNIC HERITAGE CENTER

Downtown Tour

Townsend Block

1000 Chapel Street

(New Haven Visitor Information)

Townsend Block, c. 1892. Courtesy Joe Taylor.

This is one of three commercial Greek Revival style buildings built in the 1830s which remain on Chapel Street. The other two are the Exchange Building (#8 on this tour, corner of Church Street) and the Street Building (#5 on this tour, corner of State Street). Before these were built, the shops along Chapel Street had looked like houses with storefronts. The Townsend Building now houses the New Haven Visitor Information Center, which has brochures and flyers about additional cultural sites, stores, tours and special events in the City. The building is also the home of Claire’s Corner Copia, a popular vegetarian restaurant founded by Claire LaPia Criscuolo and her late husband Frank Criscuolo on September 17, 1975.

  • Text source courtesy Elizabeth Brown, New Haven: A Guide to Architecture and Urban Design.

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