Dana, James Dwight, House

24 Hillhouse Ave., New Haven, Connecticut


James Dwight Dana House

1. Historic American Buildings Survey Photocopy, Art Library, Yale University FRONT (EAST) ELEVATION PRIOR RO ADDITION OF 1896

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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Street View 


Noteworthy example of 19th century stuccoed brick town house with wooden portico of Hindu derivation. It was designed by Henry Austin for James Dwight Dana who was one of the leading scientists of the 19th century and one of Yale's most distinguished professors. He was the son-in-law of scientist and Yale Professor Benjamin Silliman and father of scientist and Yale Professor Edward Salisbury Dana. Sillimans and Danas have lived on Hillhouse Avenue for more than 100 years. The house was built in 1849 and remained in the Dana family until acquired by Yale University in 1962. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS CT-273)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
Architectural style
Victorian: Italianate
Areas of significance
Science; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction; B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1850-1874; 1825-1849
Significant years
1849; 1895

Update Log 

  • November 8, 2017: New Street View added by Brian Bartlett