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Dynia, Henry, 2005 March 9

 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001

Scope and Contents

Henry Dynia worked for Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo Associates, the architectural frim that designed the New Haven Coliseum. Dynia discusses the design of the Coliseum, mentioning that it was designed to compliment the existing Knights of Columbus building. He says that Kevin Roche designed the building during a "Brutalist, minimalist period" in architecture. He states that the Coliseum was a bold design for its time, something he believes the public has largely misunderstood. Dynia then discusses the problems that plagued the Coliseum after it opened in 1972. He blames the largely vacant Ninth Square neighborhood, fears of crime in the area, a lack of long-term planning for upgrades and improvements, and ineffective advertising for the Coliseum's disappointing existence and ultimate structural decline. But he also believes that the Coliseum and its parking spaces are important for New Haven and was upset when the mayor decided to demolish it before asking for more community input.

Interviewer: Clemente, Jean

Length (min): 22


  • 2005 March 9

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Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

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