Originally a private community center, the Dixwell Community House (known locally as the “Q” House) closed in 2003 due to lack of funding. In 2012, the City of New Haven purchased the property, and in 2013, contracted local architect Zared Enterprises to conduct a feasibility study, partially funded by the State of Connecticut, to determine the best route to take to reestablish the Q House.
The conclusion: Complete demolition and new construction of a larger facility on the same site could be accomplished in a more cost-effective manner than renovation.
Demolition of the existing 1969 structure was recommended due to water damage, the presence of mold, and non-compliance with current building codes.
The study further indicated that the new community center could also encompass several local entities: a branch of the New Haven Free Public Library, a senior center and a private health center.
In 2014, the team of Zared Enterprises and Kenneth Boroson Architects was selected from among ten proposing firms to design the new Q House. Our firm designed the building’s overall organization and exterior façades.
The proposed plan, which totals approximately 46,135 sf, allocates 11,200 sf for the two-story Stetson Library Branch, 3,950 sf for the Dixwell branch of the Cornell Scott Hill Health Center, and 2,500 sf for the Dixwell/Newhallville Senior Center (complete with ballroom).
The community center spaces will include a fitness center, a full-court gymnasium, a teen lounge, a computer lab, a full daycare center and rooms for art/sculpture and dance/drama. It will also include leased commercial space as well as areas for afterschool programs and a permanent historic exhibit.
The design team has created a structure that defines the uniqueness of each of the program elements, with African symbols, selected by the Building Committee, to be included in the stucco-like exterior.
Municipal community center housing full-size gymnasium, senior center, teen center, museum, health care center and public library branch