An ongoing investigation into the history of the plot of land at 1032 Chapel Street, in the city of New Haven, Connecticut. First planted in 1638, home to Roger Sherman, an Opera House, and the Union League Club, this plot contains the roots of the United States of America. Welcome to the Hyperion: stories from a vanished theatre.
“The historic Sherman Building is the site of Union League Café which is located directly across from Yale University and steps from the historic green of New Haven, Connecticut. The restaurant is situated on the site of the home of New Haven’s first Mayor, Roger Sherman, the only American whose name appears on the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution. One hundred years later, Gaius Fenn Warner, one of the city’s leading industrialists, built his townhouse, which today forms the core of the building.
From the 1880’s through the 1940’s our site served as the Union League Club, a private civic and social club. An elegant addition in 1902 created the atmosphere our guests experience today. Designed in the Beaux Arts tradition by New Haven architect Richard Williams, the building is a New Haven landmark.
The present day’s interior continues in the Beaux Art tradition with its high ceilings and moldings, accented with mahogany mantles and archways, marble pillars and vintage stain glass windows. The walls in our Clubroom are hand painted with rich murals by acclaimed New York artist, Sally Colbert. Soft lighting, hand made wall sconces and chandeliers, along with a working marble fireplace only further highlight the historic architecture so well preserved today.
Our vintage brownstone sits in the heart of a thriving shopping and entertainment district. Distinctive boutiques, coffee shops, book stores, art galleries, renowned museums, the Shubert Theater, Yale Repertory and the New Haven Symphony are just steps away. Located 5 minutes from Interstate highways 91 and 95, Union League Café is but a short drive from suburban beach communities, Fairfield County and Connecticut valley towns alike.” -Excerpt courtesy of the Internet Archive, Wayback Machine, Union League Café website, “History,” June 2, 2007. (top) Image courtesy of the Hyperion New Haven Collection, “Union League Café Clubroom Murals,” by Sally Colbert, undated
Fruit Flower Still Life Oil Painting, by Sally Colbert
“An original 1980’s still life oil painting signed by the artist, Sally Colbert. The framed painting measures 23.5″ (57cm) tall x 18.25″ (463.5cm) wide overall and the gold wood frame is approx. 1 1/2 inches wide. A cobalt blue vase gives a beautiful contrast to the colourful fruits and vegetables on a fresh, white cloth. Another dimension is added to the painting with the tumbling variegated leaves and dainty, creamy white flowers. The tomatoes, aubergines and apples have such a vibrance to them that you feel you could just pick them straight out of the painting. A lively and accomplished painting has been created with the help of humble fruits and flowers which have a charm of their own.” -Excerpt courtesy of Etsy, GalleryThane, “Fruit Flowers Still Life Oil Painting Signed Framed Original Vintage Oil Painting Flowers Painting Floral,” 1980s
Marigolds Still Life Oil Painting, by Sally Colbert
“An original 1980’s still life oil painting signed by the artist, Sally Colbert. The framed painting measures 15.75″ (40cm) tall x 19.5″ (50cm) wide overall and the gold wood frame is approx. 1 1/4 inches wide. Cheerful and vibrant impressionist painting with a country style. Orange and yellow marigolds are casually displayed in a rustic vase contrasting with pretty, pastel blue and white pottery and sitting on a checked tablecloth. A wonderfully optimistic painting with a French country feel.” -Excerpt courtesy of Etsy, GalleryThane, “Marigolds Still Life Oil Painting Signed Framed Original Vintage Oil Painting Flowers Painting Floral Orange Yellow,” 1980s
Hydrangea Still Life Oil Painting, by Sally Colbert
“An original 1980’s still life oil painting signed by the artist, Sally Colbert. The framed painting measures 25″ (63.5cm) tall x 21″ (53.5cm) wide overall and the gold wood frame is approx. 2 3/4 inches wide. Gorgeous, French style floral painting with beautifully muted tones. The pastel shades of the large hydrangeas in a rustic vase are set perfectly against a dark background with a contrasting turquoise tablecover. The frame is a muted, cool gold which works so well with this beautiful painting which has a real French flavour and an elegant, slightly rustic charm.” -Excerpt courtesy of Etsy, GalleryThane, “Hydrangea Still Life Oil Painting Signed Framed Original Vintage Oil Painting Flowers Painting Floral,” 1980s
Country’s New Light, by Charles Gandee, photos by Oberto Gili
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Roger Sherman, also of Connecticut, was known to have given one of the shortest speeches in history at a bridge dedication ceremony when he said, "I think it will hold up all right," while testing the strength of the bridge with one foot.
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