A rich history is worth the work
we provide for our neighbors.

New banner in the notable campaign for Constance Baker Motley

New banner in the notable campaign for Constance Baker Motley


The Chapel West Services District is a neighborhood services district inside the Dwight Street Historic District.
It was formed in 1986. Chapel West Special Services District has collaborated with the Greater Dwight Development Corporation, the Dwight Management Team, and the Whalley Avenue Special Services District in the preparation of a Redevelopment Plan for the entire area under the jusidiction of these elected bodies. The draft Plan has been given to the New Haven Redevelopment Agency. These entities are awaiting the completion of the City of New Haven approval process, which will require public hearings by the Redevelopment Agency, the Board of Aldermen, and the City Plan Commission. Property owners and others will be invited to join the Chapel West commissioners in giving positive testimony at these hearings.

The Dwight Street Historic District is an irregularly shaped 135-acre (55 ha) historic district in New Haven, Connecticut. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. In 1983, out of 629 buildings in the district 595 were deemed contributing buildings. The historic district includes most of the Dwight neighborhood and several blocks of the northeast corner of the West River neighborhood.


The Chapel West Services District provides a wide array of services for business needs, clean streets, and supports the economic development.

The district is an irregularly shaped but "roughly square 20-block commercial and residential neighborhood of modest 19th- and early 20th-century structures lying near the center of New Haven, Connecticut." The district is located immediately west of the center of Downtown New Haven and is generally bounded by Whalley Avenue on the north, Park Street on the east, North Frontage Road on the south, and Sherman Avenue on the west. A good portion of Yale University is within the district.


A Journey Back To Historic New Haven. In The 1940's!


The district is distinguished by its "high proportion of Victorian dwellings", including many simplified vernacular versions of Federal, Greek Revival, Italianate, Second Empire, Queen Anne and Colonial Revival styles. As the district has grown new buildings have been built like the Novella apartments, The Yale sculpture School Parking Garage, The Saint Thomas More Catholic Chapel and Center at Yale and The Study Hotel.


Remember Trolley's In New Haven

Photographs from New Haven Museum that capture city life before car culture and sprawl; a world of social connectivity, localisms and neighborhood economy.


Our district is filled with signs of our city's pride in America's history. From Sherman Avenue named for General Sherman, to George Street named for General George Washington, our neighborhood has many signs of our nation's heritage. And of course Chapel Street that runs right through the middle of our properties named for The Yale College Chapel, we are a unique part of New Haven.



Notable people of New Haven
around the Chapel West District.

In order to enliven the pedestrian experience in the Chapel West neighborhood, the District commissioned Strong Cohen Graphic Design to design and fabricate biographical sketches of New Haven notable people in large wall banner format. These banners were then hung on blank walls donated by property owners throughout the district.



The history of New Haven
in pictures by Joseph TaylOr.

For the same reason, the district commissioned Joseph Taylor to provide photos from his collection of the Chapel West neighborhood as it once was. These pictures were then applied to the City of New Haven's traffic signal control boxes and were also featured in a rotating window display in the Chapel West District office window.