The Hamden Historical Society
Al Gorman History Room

at Miller Library - Top Floor

Regular hours: Tuesdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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to meet outside those hours:  hhs@hamdenlibrary.org

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Last Update:  December 11, 2018

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HAMDEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY NEWSLETTER
FALL 2018 - CLICK HERE
This photo was taken less than two hours after this huge tree crashed through the roof last May 15th.
NOVEMBER 2018:  WHERE WAS THIS?

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In 1910, this new wood-frame four-room District No. 5 schoolhouse was built at the corner of School Street, facing Washington Avenue.  The new school replaced the 1857 No. 5 schoolhouse, located mid-block on the north side of School Street, which was later moved to the south side and given the address 32 School St.
 
Town reports of the 19-teens record that the new school building was not entirely satisfactory. Deficiencies in the heating system often caused parents to keep their kids home on bitterly cold days. Finally, the new eight-room Cenerville School was built in 1917 on Dixwell Avenue, where Miller Library stands today
 
After serving as a schoolhouse for less than a decade, Schoolhouse No. 5 was sold to the Hamden Provision Company around 1921. It was then razed to make way for a new brick building that burned down in 1978.

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DECEMBER 2018:  WHERE WAS THIS?

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This photo was taken by the prospective buyers of the plot of land on the other side of the street in anticipation of constructing an iconic Hamden landmark.  The landmark has been gone for over thirty years, but the building was re-purposed and still stands.  Hint:  Some of the other structures in this 1939 photo are still around.
 
The answer will be provided on next month's Home page.  Have fun!
 
If you'd like to hazard a guess with possible mention on the website next month, please write to us at hhs@hamdenlibrary.org.
The former Hamden Provision Company building at School Street and Washington Avenue was destroyed by fire on February 3, 1978.  One of the worst blizzards to hit Connecticut in decades slammed into the state three days later.