Originally a private community center, the Dixwell Community House (known locally as the Quinnipiac / “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