Preserving Modernism in Connecticut


Protecting New Canaan’s Modernism
“Modern Homes Survey: New Canaan Connecticut,” one of the most definitive local studies of Modernist houses in the United States, goes online this week. The site devotes a Web page to each of the 91 homes built in New Canaan between 1939 and 1979. “Nobody knew there were so many,” said Christy MacLear, the executive director of the Philip Johnson Glass House, which sponsored the effort along with several Connecticut preservation groups and the state’s Commission on Culture and Tourism.

The project began after the Micheels House in nearby Westport, Conn., by Paul Rudolph, was demolished in January 2007. When a motion was filed to keep the owners from razing it, Ms. MacLear said, “the judge said there were no stated criteria or documentation to back up claims of the house’s significance.”

The new Web site aims to remedy that, with the history and condition of houses like the one built in 1951 by Marcel Breuer, above. Information:

David Hay, New York Times, July 2, 2009, p. D3