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Powell Building, 155-157 Church Street, New Haven, New Haven County, CT



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B&W Photos

HB257649
View East, Powell Building In Context Of New Haven Green, City Hall To Left, Federal Courthouse To Right

HB257650
View Northeast, West (front) And South Elevations

HB257651
View East, West (front) Elevation

HB257652
View West, East Elevation

HB257653
View East, West (front) Elevation, Ground Floor

HB257654
View North, South Elevation, Typical Ground Floor Bay

HB257655
View Southeast, West Elevation, Detail Of Bottom Of Corner Pilaster

HB257656
View Upward And East, West Elevation, Detail Of Top Stories

HB257657
View East, West Elevation, Entry Detail In Central Bay On Ground Floor

HB257658
First Floor, Looking Northwest, Secondary Lobby (central Bay Of Facade

HB257659
First Floor, Looking Northeast, Main Lobby (left Bay Of Facade) With Elevators

HB257660
Twelfth Floor, Looking Southeast, Typical Upper Floor Elevator Lobby

HB257661
Basement Vault, Looking South

HB257662
Second Floor Rear, Bank President's Office, Looking Northeast

HB257663
Detail, Original Doorknob


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Location
155-157 Church Street, New%2525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252BHaven, CT

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS CT-363
Significance: The Powell Building was among New Haven's first building recognized as a "skyscraper." The two bottom stories and the two top stories are detailed in Neo-Gothic Revival motifs, but the building's outstanding characteristic is the height that is achieved by placing eight relatively plain floors between the decorated cap and base. The resulting shaft-like appearance distinguishes the Powell Building from other contemporary commercial structures in the city, which are essentially heightened versions of various historical styles. The architect, Roy W. Foote, was among New Haven's leading architects in the first half of the 20th century, largely due to his pathbreaking local efforts in high-rise construction. The building faces the New Haven Green, the focal point of downtown, which is surrounded by distinguished commercial and institutional buildings built over the last 170 years.

Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. VIEW EAST, POWELL BUILDING IN CONTEXT OF NEW HAVEN GREEN, CITY HALL TO LEFT, FEDERAL COURTHOUSE TO RIGHT
2. VIEW NORTHEAST, WEST (FRONT) AND SOUTH ELEVATIONS
3. VIEW EAST, WEST (FRONT) ELEVATION
4. VIEW WEST, EAST ELEVATION
5. VIEW EAST, WEST (FRONT) ELEVATION, GROUND FLOOR
6. VIEW NORTH, SOUTH ELEVATION, TYPICAL GROUND FLOOR BAY
7. VIEW SOUTHEAST, WEST ELEVATION, DETAIL OF BOTTOM OF CORNER PILASTER
8. VIEW UPWARD AND EAST, WEST ELEVATION, DETAIL OF TOP STORIES
9. VIEW EAST, WEST ELEVATION, ENTRY DETAIL IN CENTRAL BAY ON GROUND FLOOR
10. FIRST FLOOR, LOOKING NORTHWEST, SECONDARY LOBBY (CENTRAL BAY OF FACADE
11. FIRST FLOOR, LOOKING NORTHEAST, MAIN LOBBY (LEFT BAY OF FACADE) WITH ELEVATORS
12. TWELFTH FLOOR, LOOKING SOUTHEAST, TYPICAL UPPER FLOOR ELEVATOR LOBBY
13. BASEMENT VAULT, LOOKING SOUTH
14. SECOND FLOOR REAR, BANK PRESIDENT'S OFFICE, LOOKING NORTHEAST
15. DETAIL, ORIGINAL DOORKNOB


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