New Haven Clothier Supports the Arts

New Haven Clothier Supports the Arts

"Today Mr. Langrock's shop is no more, nor are his well-dressed young men, but they have left the city a good building that mediates between the gentility of York Street and the motley world of Broadway." - Elizabeth Mills Brown in New Haven: A Guide to Architecture and Urban Design

David T. Langrock was a fine clothier in New Jersey, Harvard Square and New Haven. His shop in New Haven was located at 268 York Street.  Although his shop no longer exists, the building in which it was located still stands and is currently used as a vegan fashion shop, Kerin Boutique.  The boutique sells womens' clothing and accessories. Most of the merchandise for sale is made from recycled and eco-friendly materials.

A Langrock painting from 1963.

Described by one of his trustees as an "odd kind of fellow," Langrock fancied himself as an art commissioner. His favorite paintings were post Renaissance through 19th century. He wanted to have a permanent gallery where his collection would be lodged for public view. Unfortunately, he was bankrupt when he died, but he owned real estate in Providence, RI, which was sold to establish a Trust for two beneficiaries and the David T. Langrock Foundation.

In April 1, 1982, The David T. Langrock Old Masters Art Fund was established as an endowed preference fund at The Community Foundation by a transfer of assets from the Langrock Foundation. In keeping with the intentions of the original Foundation, the Old Masters Art Fund encourages and promotes classical art and the study of classical art in the Greater New Haven area.

Distributions from the Langrock Fund have been made to organizations such as the CT Children's Museum, the New Haven Paint and Clay Club, Music Haven and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. In 30 years, from an initial gift of $30,000, the value of the Fund has grown to more than $160,000 while the Fund has distributed a near equal amount to these and other arts organizations. Because of Langrock’s foresight, local art classes, concerts, and education and community engagement activities will continue to be offered in the Greater New Haven region each year.

Like David Langrock and others, you or someone you know can create a lasting legacy through a permanent endowment that benefits the community for generations. To learn more, please contact Angela Powers at or 203-777-7068.


70 Audubon Street
New Haven, CT 06510



Sign Up for E-news