Dixwell Avenue Congregational Church Open House


217 Dixwell Ave
New Haven, CT
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Dixwell Avenue Congregational Church and the Redevelopment of the Dixwell Neighborhood

Join us for a free open house held at Dixwell Avenue Congregational Church, designed by John Johansen, Charles Warner Jr. will discuss the church’s history and architecture and its connection to the 1960 Dixwell Redevelopment and Renewal Plan. The Dixwell Plan took a holistic approach to instituting urban renewal ideals in the neighborhood with building new, Modernist commercial, institutional, religious, and community-focused buildings and public spaces. Exhibits will be on display to browse.


Handouts will be available for a local self-walking tour through which visitors can learn more about the surrounding Modernist Dixwell area buildings, including several by local architect Edward E. Cherry.


Charles Warner Jr. is a historian, educator and community influencer.



Free and open to the public. Advance registration is appreciated, but not required.



4:30-5pm: Check out the exhibits places around the church, including Johansen’s design plans and archival materials. Take the opportunity to explore the church’s monumental architecture.

5pm: Charles Warner Jr. will give a short talk on the church and urban renewal in Dixwell.

After Talk-6pm: More time available to explore the exhibits and handouts available for a self-walking tour.