NEW HAVEN - At one time the words "Meet me at the clock” were "understood by New
Haveners as meeting at the corner of Chapel and Temple streets, the main
entrance to Malley’s department store and the location of the store’s clock," according to a release by the New Haven Museum.
"Department stores were more than just landmarks, they shaped a way of life in
the city," the statement said. "Shartenberg’s, Malley’s and Gamble Desmond once dominated the
streetscape along Chapel Street—until redevelopment came to the city, as it did
throughout New England, in the middle of the 20th century."
So, as part
of the Museum’s 150th Anniversary lecture series, at 5:30 p.m. April 4, Richard Longstreth, professor of American Studies and director of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at George Washington
University, presents “The Department Store Transformed: New England 1950-1970,” the statement said.
"In his lecture, Longstreth will explore ways in which
department stores sought to
themselves after WWII in order to remain competitive amid the rise of national
chain stores and a customer base ever more removed from the traditional city
center. In particular, he will focus on Hartford’s
G. Fox and New Haven’s
redevelopment area," the statement said.
In photos: Top, Aerial
view of Church Street Project, May 1964. Collection of New Haven Museum and Models & rendering of Front Block Complex,
1964. Collection of New Haven
Editor's note: All information and the photo in this post were contributed.
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