“There decidedly was a desire to make this, the first home of Catholics at Yale, feel like a piece of Yale,” said architect George Knight. That space, the Saint Thomas More Chapel, designed by Douglass Orr, a one-time president of the American Institute of Architects, has been updated with many of Orr’s original features brought back to life.
Knight said Orr’s career spanned the departure from beaux-art classicism to high orthodox modernism and the chapel is an example of a transitional neo-classical style. It is part of Orr’s legacy in the late 1930s that saw construction of many homes in the area, as well as the New Haven Lawn Club on Humphrey Street and the award-winning art deco Southern New England Telephone headquarters on Church Street.
Yale’s historic St. Thomas More Chapel renovated and updated Mary E. O’Leary New Haven Register 11/9/08
Read about a redevelopment plan of Knight’s for New Haven here.
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