As a teacher, I found students can openly discuss their home situations, I usually start any lesson with some kind of relation with the students. Because most of the students have had the experience of walking through the downtown area which has a long and interesting history, I would start my study of history around the Green.
New Haven settlers built homes styled to their economic and social status. The trend of style in New Haven are copies of colonial Georgian, Dutch English, and contemporary design. Teachers can initiate lessons from the existing types of dwellings in New Haven.
The following are the types found in the New Haven area.
This type is low in appearance, with the roof line at the head of the window and sometimes lower. They are built from stone, brick, stucco, and occasionally a bit of half timber. The roofs are generally tile or slate with a steep pitch.
This type is very large with high chimneys and prominent gables, walls of masonry or stucco. The Tudor Roof has a steep pitch usually to the second floor ceiling line
The front entrance is placed in the exact center of structure. The windows are placed in perfect symmetry. The doorways are usually flanked with pillars or pilasters.
This type has a gambrel roof. It has a full second story, with overhangs boxed in. The chimney usually is on the interior. The exterior has shutters on all the windows.
Cape Cods are one story or one and one-half story buildings. The roof is steep and gabled. The windows are double hung. Shutters are used on all windows.
This type of house if very large and very heavily ornamented. They have no pleasing proportion of balance. This house has fancy trimming, usually ornately carved.
As teachers we must consider in our teaching types of roofs in common use. I will try to illustrate some of the types of roofs found in the New Haven area.
The following are some of the types of roofs found in New Haven: