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Founded in the basement of New Haven's St. Marys Church on Hillhouse Avenue 137 years ago, the Knights of Columbus has extended its presence as far as the Pacific Rim of Asia, but has always called the Elm City home.
A Knights of Columbus Museum exhibit, Fashioned for the 21st Century, recounts each of the organizations 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 Roches structure at the time of its design as fashioned for the 21st century.
The exhibit, which continues through June 14, 2020, includes documents, photographs and artifacts highlighting all seven headquarters.
The Knights of Columbus Museum, located at 1 State Street, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with free admission and parking. More information is available at 203-865-0400 or kofcmuseum.org.