New Haven Lawn Club
New Haven Lawn Club
|Location||193 Whitney Ave
New Haven, Connecticut
|Architect||Douglas Orr; William Douglas|
|Architectural style||Colonial Revival, Moderne|
|NRHP Reference #||03000309|
|Added to NRHP||May 1, 2003|
One building and one structure of the club are deemed contributing to the historic character while another building and three structures are non-contributing. The architecture of the clubhouse is primarily Colonial Revival with Art Moderne decorative elements. The clubhouse, built in 1931 to replace the former clubhouse that had burned in 1929, is credited to architect Douglas W. Orr, but much of the detail design is by William Douglas.
The Club was founded in 1891 by a group of New Haven residents. The original clubhouse was destroyed by fire in 1929. Renowned architect Douglas Orr designed the current facility. As of 2005, over 520 families were counted among its membership.
The New Haven Lawn Club offers a wide range of activities and events including tennis, swimming, food, art exhibits, concerts, book clubs, yoga and pilates. The Club is also a venue for many of New Haven's prestigious dances.
The Lawn Club mansion is rich with architectural details. Visitors enter the foyer through a vaulted portico, archways, and columns made of the local red brick. Octagonal windows look out over the manicured Lawn Club grounds. A Lalique crystal chandelier graces the foyer and working fireplaces are found throughout the building. The New Haven Lawn Club is home to several event rooms.
The Grand Ballroom, is the club's largest event space and with a 225-person occupancy. The Ballroom has a barrel-vaulted ceiling, a performance stage, and hardwood floors. The event space includes a terrazzo entryway and fireplace.
The club's Main Dining Room seats 120 people. Two wood burning fireplaces mirror each other at opposite ends of the hall, with terrazzo flooring between them. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer views of the Lawn Club grounds and the attached terrace overlooks the tennis courts.
- National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- Christopher Wigren (March 7, 2003). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: New Haven Lawn Club" (PDF). National Park Service. and Accompanying 20 photos, exterior and interior, from 2002 (see captions page 26 of text document)
- Lawn Club Activities Page
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