Ives Memorial Library, 133 Elm Street, New Haven, New Haven County, CT
Significance: The Ives Memorial Building of the Free Public Library is New Haven's most important example of architecture and design influenced by the early twentieth century civic improvement, or "City Beautiful" movement. Designed by New York architect Cass Gilbert, co-author of a visionary New Haven city plan, the library was one of very few recommendations in the plan to be fully realized. Its design utilized Beaux Arts techniques of massing and plan along with materials and detailing drawn from the Federal and Georgian traditions. Thus, the building was able to combine the classical monumentality considered appropriate for public buildings, with references to the nearby early American architecture of the New Haven Green.
Survey number: HABS CT-414