Opposite the Old Campus, on Chapel Street, in New Haven, Connecticut: from when the glaciers melted, stewarded by the Quinnipiac people; in 1614, charted by a Dutch explorer; in 1638, colonized by Puritans; before, during, and after the American Revolution, home of the Founding Father, Roger Sherman, his wife Rebekah, their fifteen children, and the Sherman family store; in 1860, Gaius F. Warner's Italianate villa, by Henry Austin; in 1880, Carll's Opera House; in 1884, the Republican League; in 1887, the Hyperion; in 1903, the Union League Club, by Richard Williams; in 1926, the Roger Sherman Theater; beginning in 1977, a tradition of French fine dining, which continues today. While the Roger Sherman house is no longer standing, it holds up all right.
“OPENING THURS., FEB 1st, the sensation of New York… La Crêpe now comes to New Haven at Chapel Square Mall. A charming and unique restaurant featuring 110 varieties of authentic French crepes. Such delectable paper-thin, taste tempting delights as: chicken & ham, sausages, mushrooms, crabmeat ratatouille, onion soup gratinée, etc., all moderately prized, and cocktails. Phone 777-5539. Open every day — 11:30 AM to 10 PM. Open Fridays & Saturdays till 1 AM. Closed Sundays.” -Excerpt courtesy of the Yale Daily News Historical Archive, Yale Daily News, no. 80, February 1, 1968. (top) “Interior of the Chapel Square Mall, completed in 1965.” Image courtesy of the New Haven Free Public Library, Local History Room, “Chapel Square, New Haven, Conn.,” by NATCO, Natural Color Cards Co., unknown date
Published by Arthur Mullen
Roger Sherman, also of Connecticut, was known to have given one of the shortest speeches in history at a bridge dedication ceremony when he said, "I think it will hold up all right," while testing the strength of the bridge with one foot.
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