Overview of Architectural Preservation at Yale

Yale takes great care in preserving its historic buildings, both those originally intended for the University, including Connecticut Hall and the Yale Bowl, and those built for other purposes, such as the private homes that are now the Visitor Center and Betts House. Yale has also preserved entire historic neighborhoods such as Hillhouse Avenue.

The University has preserved about 150 buildings not originally built for University use but now adapted for educational purposes. Over the past 15 years, many of these buildings, as well as other core academic facilities, have seen major renovations. All 12 residential colleges have undergone, or are slated for, thorough restorations. Calhoun College,  Payne Whitney Gymnasium and the Beinecke Rare Book Library are currently being renovated. 

Whether you are looking for historical information about a specific building or just want to browse through the rich architectural history of Yale campus, we hope you will find this site both interesting and educational.


Connecticut Hall

Visitor Center Guided Walking Tours of Campus

Offered 352 days a year
These free, student led tours depart from the Visitor Center at 149 Elm.