Edgerton (Hamden and New Haven, Connecticut)


Edgerton, wall, gate, and gatehouse (1909).
Location 75 Cliff Street, New Haven, Connecticut
Coordinates 41°20′3″N 72°55′36″W / 41.33417°N 72.92667°W / 41.33417; -72.92667Coordinates: 41°20′3″N 72°55′36″W / 41.33417°N 72.92667°W / 41.33417; -72.92667
Area 20 acres (8.1 ha)
Built 1909
Architect Stephenson,Robert Storer
Architectural style Tudor Revival, Country Place Era landscape
NRHP Reference # 88001469[1]
Added to NRHP September 19, 1988

Edgerton, also known as Edgerton Park and Frederick F. Brewster Estate, is a 20-acre (8.1 ha) public park on Whitney Avenue straddling the New HavenHamden town line in Connecticut.

It is site of the demolished Victorian home of Eli Whitney II, known as "Ivy Nook". In 1909, it became the estate of industrialist Frederick F. Brewster, with a new Tudor-style mansion constructed named “Edgerton” for its location on the edge of town.[2] The mansion was demolished in 1964, pursuant to Brewster's wishes, after the death of his wife, and the property was donated to the city. The present landscape was designed by Robert Storer Stephenson in 1909.[3]:4,6

The property was listed as historic district on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.[1] In 1988, the district included seven contributing buildings, eight other contributing structures, and one contributing object.[1]


The 22-acre park features the original wall, greenhouses, carriage house, gatehouse, and bridge from the Brewster estate.[4] There is also a large fountain, community gardens

The Sarah T. Crosby Conservatory in the Community Greenhouses features a rain forest exhibit, a dry landscape with desert plants, and orchids.

The Elm Shakespeare Company has been offering outdoor summer performances in Edgerton Park since 1995.[5]

Edgerton Park Conservancy

Edgerton Park Conservancy is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to the needs of Edgerton Park.[6] It works to restore and maintain the buildings and grounds, and offers education programs for schools and the community in the Conservatory.[7] The Conservancy works in partnership with the City of New Haven, which owns the property.

G.R.O.W.E.R.S, a horticultural program for handicapped adults, offers plants for sale in the greenhouse.[8]

Plants in the Edgerton greenhouse

See also


  1. 1 2 3 National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. "About the Park and its Scope". Edgerton Park Conservancy. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  3. Janice L. Elliott and Marian Staye (March 10, 1988). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Edgerton" (PDF). National Park Service. and Accompanying 17 photos from 1988, and 2 of mansion in 1960 and 1964 (captions on page 10 of text document)
  4. "Edgerton Park: New Haven's English Manor Garden". New Haven Urbanism. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  5. "Official site". Elm Shakespeare Company. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  6. "Get Involved". Edgerton Park Conservancy. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  7. "Randall Beach: Every day at Edgerton Park is a gift". New Haven Register. August 29, 2015. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  8. "Official site". GROWERS. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
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