Wooster Gable Adaptive Reuse | New Haven CT
Status: Construction Completed - 2011
Background: The restoration of this historic site combines preservation, reconstruction, and adaptive reuse of a mid-19th-century Congregational church that was converted into a Ukrainian Catholic church early 20th century. The church has since been decommissioned and sold to a private developer for use as luxury condominiums. Located in the Wooster Square Historic District, the church was renovated under strict guidelines and oversight by the local preservation society.
Preservation/Restoration: The street façade and entrance had been changed from its original fenestration with entrance arches filled in with brick and plain doors. We reopened the entrance arches, restored the original front door and constructed new steps, entrance ramp and landscaping. While extensive repairs were made to the facades and roof.
The building was divided into two major areas, a large 45’ high sanctuary space framed with large wood arches, and a connected two-story high community space with classrooms and conference rooms below. The entire building was constructed over a 6’ high crawl space which was excavated to provide basement parking for the project.
Planning Concept: Both the Sanctuary and the attached gym/auditorium/office wing were converted into 11 two- or three-bedroom units, each three stories high. In the sanctuary, the available floor area was dramatically increased with the addition of large 2-story dormers in each unit. The living and dining rooms, kitchen and patio are located on the second floor to capture views and natural light. The master bedrooms for these units are located upstairs, bathrooms, bedrooms, or dens are located at the ground floor level. Above the entrance corridor, the unit plans are interlocked with their opposite units to provide a more spacious living and dining room.
The conversion of the gym/auditorium wing created high ceiling rooms on the second floor, lofts above, and entrances and double bedrooms below.