Connecticut Trust For Historic Preservation

Jay Bright Architect

1156 Main Street
Branford, Connecticut 06405
Phone: 203 887 1327
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Contact: Jay Bright

Early on, I became fascinated with buildings.  I spent vacations at my Grandmother’s Victorian rooming house in Cape May, NJ building sandcastles on the beach.  There I realized that someone had thought up all of the ornate Victorian details that surrounded me.   My interest in buildings led me to study architecture at Washington University.  I subsequently took an M.Arch. from the Yale Architecture School. Since then, I have been practicing in a variety of historic styles in and around Southern New England.

My firm has won awards from the New Haven Preservation Trust and the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, and my work has been published in national trade publications.   One colonial renovation project was featured on “Restore America” a program on HGTV.

I provide seamless service to my clients by personally seeing projects through all phases of the work.   I collaborate with a network of contractors, peers, and consultants who support specialized work on historic buildings.  This support allows me to tackle arcane challenges; my independent practice allows me to innovate.  I believe in tailoring my services to meet the needs of each client.

Current Projects:

1. Center Church on the New Haven Green, National Historic Landmark    

Conditions assessment, correction of improper mortar at tower, window restoration and storm windows, restoration of paint encrusted carvings and rotted cornices

2. Old Stone Church, East Haven

Conditions assessment including mechanical, electrical, heat loss and code

Planning accessible toilets & successful grant application preparation

3. St John Episcopal Church, New Haven 

Insertion of accessible toilet & Nursery in Narthex

Studies for basement use abandoned when sewer back up could not be prevented

Stained glass window protection

Unbuilt Sunday School addition

4. Church of God & Saints of Christ, New Haven

Restoration vision exercise & repair advice

5. St Paul and St James Episcopal Church. New Haven

Rapid conditions assessment to assist planning & successful grant application

6. Stepney Baptist Church, Monroe CT 

Planning interior modifications of vestibule, stage and tripping hazards plus lighting concept.

7.Yale Economic Growth Center, 27 Hillhouse Avenue New Haven       

Complete exterior restoration, new ramp for the disabled and lighting improvements

8. 441 Orange Street New Haven                                             

Office conversion, complete exterior restoration and site improvements

Federal Tax Credit project