From five & dime to Five Guys.

Built in 1920 by SS Kresge Co. to house their five & dime store, this nationally registered historic Georgian Revival building is located in downtown New Haven at 91 Church Street. In 2007, the building was home to a retail space on the first floor and a ballroom above when it was ravaged by a fire that exposed the back of the building and forced its closure for several years. It was thereafter purchased by Northside Development who brought Milestone on board to restore it and build out a Five Guys restaurant on the ground floor along with 4 high-end apartments above in 2015.

Due to its tight site footprint and downtown location, Milestone had to strategically store equipment and deliver materials as if we were working in Manhattan. Essentially renovating the building from the inside out, the project converted the two-story building into three floors, installed an elevator (the first in the building’s history) and established new utility connections on Church Street.

Due to historic tax credits that were being applied to for the restoration, the work required adherence to exacting finish details that were applied most carefully to the restoration/replication of the original palladium windows and timber framing. High-end finishes in the apartments included granite counter tops, cherry cabinets, hardwood floors along with original exposed brick and exposed industrial hvac duct work.

Building Rehabilitation

New Haven, CT

Northside Development Company

Construction Manager

John A. Matthews Architecture


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