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A set of slides, available at the Teachers Institute Office, show the variety of structures that exist and illustrate the area’s historical development, preservation efforts and architectural heritage. Fair Haven blends the architecture of the last two centuries in its houses; the streets are lined with Colonial, Federal, Greek Revival and Victorian Gothic styles. The commercial buildings are finding new life through adaptive usage and the public buildings reflect society’s concept of permanence and importance.
The suggested lessons could be used with slight changes in studying any area/neighborhood within the city. A questionnaire begins to focus attention on student attitudes. Observation and communication skills are developed through viewing pictures, slides and writing. Students are then asked to draw, practicing the ruler and scale, and to make decisions about changes in design.
Through observing, exploring and thinking, the students may realize the importance of preservation and develop a sense of belonging to a community.
(Recommended for Social Studies classes and Art classes, grades 6 and 8)
Connecticut Architecture American Fair Haven History Nineteenth Century