Historical Renovation, by Kenneth Boroson Architects

Highly-detailed classic wood staircase provides access to new 2nd floor dining and catering rooms at the Union League Café.

“Union League Café, a traditional French restaurant established in 1993, is located in a landmark structure on Chapel Street in downtown New Haven, Connecticut.

-Image courtesy of Kenneth Boroson Architects, Projects, Commercial, Union League Cafe, 2004

Kenneth Boroson Architects was retained to design renovations in an effort to refine numerous spaces within the building.

-Image courtesy of Kenneth Boroson Architects, Projects, Commercial, Union League Cafe, 2004

Several design solutions in various locations throughout the first two floors of the restaurant allowed the second floor to become usable banquet space. The existing mahogany stair was redesigned, while maintaining the style, materials, and level of detail of the original.

-Image courtesy of Kenneth Boroson Architects, Projects, Commercial, Union League Cafe, 2004

A built-in mahogany console was incorporated into the stair design to create a workstation. At the second floor, an existing glazed partition at the top of the stairs was retained, and a new solid-paneled privacy partition created.

-Image courtesy of Kenneth Boroson Architects, Projects, Commercial, Union League Cafe, 2004

New bathrooms were created, and the existing ladies’ room was transformed into a fully accessible, unisex restroom.”
-Excerpt and (top) image courtesy of Kenneth Boroson Architects, Projects, Commercial, Union League Cafe, 2004

-Image courtesy of Kenneth Boroson Architects, Projects, Commercial, Union League Cafe, 2004

Union League Café, New Haven, Connecticut

Architect: Kenneth Boroson Architects, LLC

“Located in the historic Sherman Building, built in 1860, this New Haven landmark required a substantial renovation to expand its facility. Second floor offices were converted into a dining area and a new commercial kitchen. The project also included the replacement of a historic grand mahogany staircase leading from the wood paneled main dining room to the new grand ballroom on the second floor. High level carpentry and finish work was required to integrate the redesigned staircase and new ballroom additions into the existing old world millwork.

-Image courtesy of Petra Construction, Projects, Specialized, Union League Cafe, 2004
-Image courtesy of Petra Construction, Projects, Specialized, Union League Cafe, 2004
-Image courtesy of Petra Construction, Projects, Specialized, Union League Cafe, 2004

Historic Designation: U.S. National Register of Historic Places, Chapel Street Commercial Historic District.”
-Excerpt courtesy of Petra Construction, Projects, Specialized, Union League Cafe, 2004

“On the left is a member of the team that completed the 2004 renovation, at the restaurant with family in 2019.” -Image courtesy of Hyperion New Haven collection, 2019

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s