An ongoing historical investigation into the plot of land at approximately 1032 Chapel Street, New Haven, Connecticut. Planted by Puritans in 1638, it has been home to Roger Sherman, an opera house, and the city's Union League Club — its soil contains the roots of the United States of America.
“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
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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