New Haven City Hall, at 165 Church Street, was built in 1861 by Henry Austin. It is one of the country’s oldest and finest examples of the High Victorian architecture. He also designed the gates of the Grove Street Cemetery and Dwight Hall of Yale University.
A ghost haunts the iron staircase. Its footsteps can be heard early in the morning after office hours. Some city halls claim a bureaucrat or a politician as a ghost. However, a far more humble ghost haunts New Haven City Hall.
A century ago, a cleaning lady was chased by an amorous drunken clerk. She tripped and fell down the stairs to her death.