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Oyster Point Historic District
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
U.S. Historic District
City Point (New Haven) is located in Connecticut
Location: Roughly bounded by I-95, S. Water St., Howard Ave., Sea St., and Greenwich Ave., New Haven, Connecticut
Coordinates: 41°16′59″N 72°55′47″W / 41.28306°N 72.92972°W / 41.28306; -72.92972Coordinates: 41°16′59″N 72°55′47″W / 41.28306°N 72.92972°W / 41.28306; -72.92972
Built/Founded: 1939
Architectural style(s): Late 19th and 20th Century Revivals, Greek Revival, Late Victorian
Governing body: Local
Added to NRHP: August 10, 1989
NRHP Reference#: 89001085

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City Point is a neighborhood in the southwestern end of New Haven, Connecticut, USA.

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Geography

City Point is bordered on the west by the West River, on the north by Amtrak railroad tracks, on the east by Hallock Avenue, and on the south by New Haven Harbor. Another tradition defines the northern border as "the southern back yards of Lamberton Street between Hallock and Greenwich Aves." When the neighborhood was bisected by the Connecticut Turnpike in the 1950s some began to describe City Point as consisting only of the portion south of the highway (Sixth St. to South Water St.) although this is historically incorrect. This portion south of I-95 is listed as Oyster Point Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. The area along Howard Avenue north of I-95 is also listed as a separate historic district known as the Howard Avenue Historic District.

History

The neighborhood was originally a "point" or peninsula surrounded by New Haven Harbor on the east and south and the West River wetlands on the west, with the original neighborhood boundary being just west of Greenwich Avenue. In the 19th and early 20th Century, until public health authorities condemned the oyster beds, City Point's economy included oyster harvesting and fishing from the waters of New Haven Harbor and Long Island Sound. With the construction of the Turnpike in the mid-1950s most of the surrounding water was filled in, so that today only the southern tip of City Point is bordered by water. Yet when viewing a map of the area the street grid still clearly shows the original outline of the neighborhood because the eastern waters were filled in with the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad's yard and parking lot. In the early 20th century the Boulevard was extended to Sea St., and the West River salt marsh began to be filled in (ultimately becoming Kimberly Field, consisting of two baseball diamonds). In the early 20th century, Second St. was extended to Kimberly Ave. and St. Peter Catholic Church was built. The parish included the traditional City Point neighborhood as well as the Kimberly Ave. area. Thus by the mid 20th century, residents of Kimberly, Grant & Plymouth streets also considered themselves to be City Point residents, even though this area was never part of the geographical "point" from which City Point had derived its name. At the end of the 20th century, St. Peter Church was demolished and Second St. was returned to its original 1868 configuration. Consequently, today most residents of Kimberly, Grant & Plymouth consider themselves to be in the Kimberly Square neighborhood. See also The Hill.

Points of interest

  • Bayview Park
  • Microsociety Magnet School
  • New Haven Harbor
  • 1875 Howard Ave. Methodist Church building, front and bell tower added 1890 (now home of New Light Holy Church)

List of streets

  • Cassius St. (although its inclusion is controversial; see external link below)
  • First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth Sts.
  • Greenwich Ave.
  • Hallock Ave.
  • Howard Ave.
  • Lamberton St. (from Hallock Ave. to Greenwich Ave.)
  • Sea St.
  • South Water St.
  • St. Peter St. (formerly)

References

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. http://www.nr.nps.gov/.  

External links

Neighborhoods of New Haven
Amity-West Hills | The Annex | Beaver Hills | Cedar Hill | City Point | Dixwell | Downtown | Dwight | East Rock | East Shore | Edgewood | Fair Haven | Fair Haven Heights | The Hill | Long Wharf | Mill River | Newhallville | Prospect Hill | Quinnipiac Meadows | West River | West Rock | Westville | Wooster Square
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