Bridgeport’s Young Men’s Christian Association was formed in June, 1883, and the association was incorporated one year later. In October, 1888, Dr. I. de Ver. Warner, the president of the association, gave to the society the lot on the northwest corner of Main and Gilbert streets. Here, on June 3, 1890, was laid the cornerstone of the YMCA building you see here. The building is the work of architect W.R. Briggs and cost $150,000. It opened in 1891.