Two Hillhouse buildings earmarked for new Jackson School
Two Yale-owned buildings on Hillhouse Avenue in New Haven have been earmarked for the university’s new professional school of global affairs, scheduled to open in fall 2022.
The future Jackson School of Global Affairs, now called the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, will occupy T.M. Evans Hall and Steinbach Hall. Located directly across the street from Horchow Hall, the administrative home of the Jackson Institute, the buildings will provide the new school with much-needed office space for its growing faculty roster.
“As we expand the faculty and welcome new classes of students, we are delighted that these buildings will become the home for the Yale Jackson School,” said Pericles Lewis, Yale’s vice president for global strategy and vice provost for academic initiatives.
The two adjacent buildings — which are connected via a basement-level passageway — also feature ample meeting rooms, student study areas, an event space, and several small kitchens. A small courtyard with picnic tables is located between the two houses.
Both buildings are currently being used as office space for academic departments whose permanent spaces, located in Kline Tower, are currently under renovation.
Horchow Hall, a four-story, Civil War-era stone house located at 55 Hillhouse Avenue, at the intersection with Sachem Street, will continue to be occupied by Jackson.
All three buildings are located in the Hillhouse Avenue Historic District, a tree-lined boulevard known for its genteel beauty that runs parallel to Whitney Avenue. Steinbach Hall (#52) was constructed in 1848-49 on the model of an Italian villa. The adjacent T.M. Evans Hall (#56), which was completed 10 years earlier, had been based on a more simplified, boxy Tuscan style. It has undergone significant alterations and additions incorporating an eclectic blend of Egyptian, Renaissance, Greek revival and, Federalist themes.
The Jackson School will take occupancy of the buildings sometime after its official opening.
In April 2019, the Yale Board of Trustees approved the transformation of the Jackson Institute into a school. The Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs will be the first professional school created at Yale since the establishment of the Yale School of Management, which opened in 1976.
Jackson’s transition is well underway. The process of hiring world-class research faculty for the Jackson School has begun, along with fundraising efforts to build the school’s endowment. To date, the university has raised $175 million in gifts and pledges towards its $210 million goal and is on track to meet its goal by the time the school opens in fall 2022.