Beyond the Glass House: A Tour of Four Modern New Canaan Homes

The New Canaan League of Women Voters will offer a tour of four significant Modern homes in New Canaan on Sunday, September 21 from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. These homes, designed by the “Harvard Five” and their followers, are glorious examples of Modern style of architecture opened only rarely, if ever, to the public.

Prior to the tour at the Carriage Barn in Waveny Park, Professor Hilary Sample of the Yale School of Architecture will give a lecture on the significance of the four houses in the overall Modern movement which put New Canaan on the world map, architecturally speaking. The arrival of Marcel Breuer, Landis Gores, John Johansen, Philip Johnson and Eliot Noyes, who built homes here for themselves and their clients, turned New Canaan into a mid-20th century salon for discussion and exploration of themes of design and urbanism that have shaped our cities and way of living since the 1950’s through today.

The cost of the tour is $125.00 per person, which includes the lecture, guided access to the homes and transportation. The event will begin promptly at 1:00 and end at the Carriage Barn in Waveny Park. Since ticket sales will be limited in number, please send your check made out to “New Canaan League of Women Voters” to Peggy Dannemann, 71 Brushy Ridge Road, New Canaan, to reserve your space. Please include the name(s) of anyone who will be taking the tour with you so that we may put you on the same tour route.

If you have any questions, please call Peggy Dannemann, Tour Chair, at 966-7575 or e-mail her at pdannema@optonline.net.

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