Connecticut Trust For Historic Preservation

Newman Architects, PC

300 York Street
New Haven, Connecticut 06511
Phone: 203-772-1990
Fax: 203-772-1990
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Contact: Kate Newhall

Newman Architects PC is a collaborative design firm led by Herbert S. Newman, Joseph Schiffer, Richard Munday, Peter Newman, Mavis Terry and Jose Hernandez. Newman Architects is based in New Haven, Connecticut in the heart of the Yale University Campus. Newman’s Washington, DC branch office is located in Georgetown, and supports our ability to serve our clients in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Over almost a half century we have built a national reputation for the design of new buildings and the renovation and restoration of existing buildings. These projects include public and private schools, libraries, civic and community buildings, academic buildings, multi‐tenant housing, private residences,offices, athletic buildings, churches and synagogues. The quality of our work has been recognized through publication and awards. We have received more than 125 design excellence awards, including awards from the American Institute of Architects, The Boston Society of Architects, and the Interior Design Institute.

Two Recent Projects:

Project One:

Building Name/Town: Yale University Calhoun College, New Haven, CT

Original Construction Date (If known): 1930

Style: Collegiate Gothic

Description of work or materials supplied and date work was completed:

At Calhoun College the program called for comprehensive renovation of the historic, 6-storey, steel-frame-and-heavy-masonry, 130,600 SF residential college built in 1930, including: full interior renovation and exterior-envelope restoration; replacement of MEPF/IT/life-safety and food-service systems; code compliance including egress and accessibility; and a new courtyard landscape. Our project concept was to preserve and restore the original architecture, reestablishing original forms that had been compromised and extending original principles where new facilities were needed. Preparation included meticulous field surveying, 3-D laser digitizing, invasive testing, and full-size mockups. Historical research of original documents and construction photographs clarified precedents and revealed locations of undocumented steel. Renewed spaces include over 60 residential suites housing 250 students, 4 faculty and 2 graduate-assistant apartments, a Master’s House, administrative offices, seminar and common rooms, faculty offices, library and study areas, the dining hall, and kitchens.

Project Two:

Building Name/ Town: Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield, CT

Original Construction Date (If known): 1903

Style: Beaux Arts

Description of work or materials supplied and date work was completed:

Set in a park-like setting on a bucolic small town main street, the original Ridgefield Library, built in 1903, is red brick, Beaux-Arts, and diminutive yet monumental. Behind the 1903 building, a series of additions constructed in three phases from the 1950’s to the 1980’s, deferred in material and overall scale to the original. In poor condition, too small and too inflexible to incorporate the media, activities, programs, and expectations of today, the Library decided on renewal.

All the additions were demolished and replaced with a new addition that doubles the size of the library. The original building has been restored. There are now many points of entry - from Main Street, a side street, parking lot and lower parking lot. All lead directly to a new ‘Third Place’ in Ridgefield, a commons that is a place for new media, conversation, and service, a place where all the components of the library intersect. Large areas of glass enable people to see in and out, and frame views so that the townscape becomes part of the interior architecture.

Completion: 2014