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John Cook House

  • Address: 35 Elm St
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building

The John Cook House, one of the earliest known masonry residences constructed in New Haven, possesses exceptional historical and architectural significance for the city of New Haven. The house is among the best examples of a Federal-style residence in the city, retaining a high degree of architectural significance despite changing uses and a succession of prominent owners. Constructed by John Cook, local tailor and merchant, the property was purchased in 1814 by Capt James Goodrich. Goodrich is said to have retained master carpenter David Hoadley to design and build the outstanding third-floor ballroom, the only extant Federal-style ballroom in the city. In addition to Capt. Goodrich, other prominent individuals associated with the property during the nineteenth century included Charles Atwater Jr, businessman and politician; and Dr Charles A Lindsley, medical leader and founder of the Connecticut State Board of Health. The house served as headquarters for the State Board of Health from 1885 to 1906. Its association with public health was perpetuated following its purchase in 1919 by the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of New Haven. An important element in the history of women in New Haven, the VNA's involvement with health care is an example of a vital community service provided to thousands of the city's residents during the twentieth century. NRHP

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Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1807/00/00 John Cook (merchant) Home Built

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Particulars for John Cook House:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Architectural Style Federal Style
Criteria Historic Event
Level of Significance Local
Historic Use Medical Business, Office
Criteria Person
Owner Private
Historic Use Single dwelling
Area of Significance Social History

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 83003576
Resource Type:
Owner: Private
Architectural Style: Federal
Level of Significance: Local
Area of Significance: Architecture, Social history
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering, Person
Period of Significance: 1900-1924, 1875-1899, 1850-1874, 1800-1824, 1825-1849
Associated People: Multiple
Historic Function: Domestic, Health care
Historic Sub-Function: Medical business, office, Single dwelling
Current Function: Commerce, Trade
Current Sub-Function:

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