A New Haven history blog exploring the past of the old Roger Sherman house, at approximately 1032 Chapel Street, New Haven, Connecticut. Inhabited for millenia by Native Americans, planted by Puritans in 1638, this ground has been home to: a house built by Roger Sherman for his family; the Gaius Fenn Warner mansion, (with double-bow front!) by architect Henry Austin; Carll's Opera House; a radical Republican League club; the Hyperion theatre; a less radical Union League club, (there was bowling!) by architect Richard Williams; a succession of French fine dining restaurants; and much more. While the Roger Sherman house is no longer standing, it continues to stand for New Haven, guided by history.
“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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