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    Fashioned for the 21st Century: A Headquarters for the Knights of Columbus

    August 16, 2019 – June 14, 2020

    Founded in the basement of St. Mary’s Church on Hillhouse Avenue 137 years ago, the Knights of Columbus has expanded its presence as far as the Pacific Rim of Asia, but has always called New Haven, Connecticut, “home.”

    A new Knights of Columbus Museum exhibit, Fashioned for the 21st Century, recounts each of the organization’s seven office locations in the city on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of its present headquarters building at the corner of Church Street and M.L.K. Jr. Boulevard.

    The iconic tower with its four tile-clad exterior columns was designed in modernist style by renowned architect Kevin Roche (1922-2019). Former New Haven Mayor Richard Lee, who led the city through many significant redevelopment projects during his 16-year tenure, described Roche’s structure at the time of its design as “fashioned for the 21st century.”

    The exhibit, which continues through June 14, 2020, is supplemented by archival documents, photographs and artifacts featuring statistics about all seven headquarters locations.

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