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The New Haven area is rich in Victorian architecture, designed by some of the most renowned architects of the age. The homes of the area reflect the images of the past, giving a distinct character of “place.” “Seeing” architecture in our city for the first time, students can learn to develop an understanding of how architecture reflects the hopes and dreams of the people who lived in the area, making New Haven and our region what it is today.
This unit is designed to show the richness of the area’s Victorian past by using the varied styles of architecture as a way of understanding the culture or life style, of the age. By using two types of visual aids, slides or various styles and a walking tour, I hope students will be stimulated and gain not only an understanding of the Victorian Age but also take a new pride in their city as a unique region of the United States.
(Recommended for Social Studies and Connecticut History, grade 6, and American History, grades 8-12)
American Architecture New Haven Connecticut History Nineteenth Century General Social Westville