Our newly-launched history webpage is full of amazing photographs and interesting facts that you might not have known about New Haven, CT, Winchester Lofts or the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. Here‘s a teaser of some of the fascinating information, but you’ll have to explore the Winchester history page for more!

  1. New Haven was founded in 1638 by English Puritans.
  2. In 1759, the city planted 250 buttonwood and elm trees around New Haven – which led to its nickname, The Elm City.
  3. The Winchester Repeating Arms Company was once called the Volcanic Arms Company.
  4. In the late 1800’s, the name “Winchester” became known as a synonym for quality, service and craft.
  5. In 1900, Louis’ Lunch opened and created America’s first ever hamburger. (Bonus fact: Louis’ Lunch is one of the many must-try restaurants not far from Winchester Lofts!)
  6. Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana opened in 1925 and APIZZA was born.
  7. In 1988, The Winchester Repeating Arms Company Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  8. Geronimo, Annie Oakley and John Wayne were among the many notable people who used Winchesters.
  9. In 2006, U.S. Repeating Arms announced it was closing its New Haven plant where the Winchesters had been produced.
  10. Years later, a team of dedicated and skilled developers had a vision to revitalize the building and create the oldest new apartments in New Haven: Winchester Lofts.

Discover more of the history behind the craft on our Winchester Lofts history page. Another bonus fact: Winchester Lofts is now leasing! Contact us at (866) 736-5770 or stop by our Temporary Leasing Center at 5 Science Park, New Haven, CT 06511 on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 8:30AM – 5:30PM.

Woodcut of Winchester factory complex