Historic Wooster Square Association

Working to keep the 
strong & vibrant

Working to keep the neighborhood strong & vibrant
Working to keep the neighborhood strong & vibrant


Are you on the list for "On The Square," the e-news we send out several times a year? To be added  to our mailing list, send your info via e-mail to HWSA secretary Charlie Murphy. We do not share list information with any other groups.

Harvey's Walk is transforming Russo Park. 
Named in honor of longtime the Historic Wooster Square board member and advocate who died in May 2013, this park - between Chapel and 
Wooster Streets where the City Seed Farmer's market is held - benefits us all.  The photo above, taken on May 13, 2015, shows progress on the Harvey's Walk project, with plantings and a clear path. More needs to be done. Click here for details  



To honor the 60th Anniversary of the tragic Franklin Street Factory Fire in which 15 people perished, a memorial Mass was celebrated at Saint Michael Church on Tues., Jan. 24.  Representatives of the New Haven Fire Department were in attendance.  Many in the Wooster Square area were relatives of the deceased or knew them from the neighborhood.  

Click here to read a 1957 newspaper story about the fire.

updated 1/24/17


Annual Holiday Tree Lighting & Concert

on Fri., Dec. 2

St. Michael Church & the Park

The annual Wooster Square Park Friday tree-lighting event on Fri., Dec. 2 began with a concert at St. Michael Church on the Park.

The Morse Chorale, a 22-voice choral ensemble of middle and high school students from across New Haven, and the Brass Hoppers, a brass quartet comprised of advanced students from the New Haven Public School system performed. The Chorale is conducted by Stephanie Tubiolo, a recent graduate of the School of Music and the Divinity School at Yale. The brass quartet is under the direction of Andrew Sadler.


Saint Michael Church
All-School Reunion Mass and Reception on

October 30 was a big hit.

Alumni, parishioners, families and friends of the former Saint Michael School to join us to share memories, reconnect with classmates, and celebrate the long history of Saint Michael School in the Wooster Square Neighborhood. School memorabilia was on display and several of the Religious Sisters who taught at St. Michael were on hand to share memories.   updated 10/31/16


Honoring the Memory of 

Officer Peter Krause

Tree Dedication • Sat., Sept. 24 

The NHPD Honor Guard led the procession to the newly planted tree, where ceremonial soil was added and a memorial plaque placed on tree by Officer Krause's wife, Sherrye, and daughter, Shania. 

URI provided the tree. Thank you, Chris Ozyck.  

And neighbor Cordalie Benoit guided the tree selection. 

NHPD Officer Peter "Pete" Krause, the well-liked Wooster Square beat officer, died last March at the age of 51 after a battle with brain cancer. 

In 2010, Officer Krause was first recipient of the 

"Friend of Wooster Square Award.” 

Click here for the New Haven Independence's coverage of the event.

The Walking Tour of Wooster Square 

held on Sat., Sept. 17 

Close to 30 people met at the Columbus statue in Wooster Square Park for the tour led by Chris Wigren, architectural historian and 

advisor to the New Haven Preservation Trust.  

Chris had done several Wooster Square tours in the past 

and again he did a great job.  

The annual event - leading up to the Columbus wreath laying ceremony in the Park on Sat., Oct. 8, and the parade, this year in Hamden on Sun., Oct. 9. -was introduced by Theresa Agento 

(see photo on home page).

Santa Maria Maddalena Society 118th Anniversary ...

.... with its annual Old World Traditional Procession was held on Sunday, July 24.  The Celebration began with Mass at the Church of St. Michael on Wooster Place.  Immediately following that, members of the Santa Maria Maddalena Society carried the statue of St. Maria Maddalena, the Patron Saint of Atrani, Italy, through the streets of Historic Wooster Square.  

The Santa Maria Maddalena Society was founded in 1898 as a Mutual Aid Society to assist the people who came to New Haven from the town of Atrani, Italy. Since then the Society has become community oriented and has donated over $125,000 to numerous organizations over the years.  Most recently they gave more than $4,000 to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital and the Dinsmore Heart and Hope Foundation.  

Please check out their website at www.santamariamaddalenanewhaven/home

St. Andrew's Festa
Members of the HWSA Board marched with US Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and others in the closing procession for the 116th Annual St. Andrew's Festa in late June. 
From left, former Ward 8 Alder Mike Smart, State Senator Martin Looney, HWSA Board member Peter Webster, Rosa, HWSA Board member Charlie Murphy, and Alder Al Paolillo. More photos below.


Many neighborhood houses have recently been restored or are in the process of restoration. Notable among them is the Joseph Bromley House at 231 Greene Street, which has been beautifully converted into three condominiums.  The three have already sold. Click here for details.
updated 7/5/16

We will post information about other restorations as they as completed.

At left is a photo of the Bromley House sometime in the 1930s, when the house featured a shop (in this case goods ranging from kid gloves to embroidered handkerchiefs to corset skirt supporters).

The New Haven Preservation Trust notes that the many sequential alterations to the Bromley House always managed to retain the essence of the original house, "keeping its serenty right through the years."