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Modern Homes Survey: Online Database

The Survey of New Canaan homes was prompted by the demolition of the Paul Rudolph home in Westport, CT in 2007. A part of the Judge’s decision to allow demolition was the “lack of criteria for significance”. That same year the Philip Johnson Glass House opened to the public with great fanfare and interest. How could our Modern assets garner such interest but simultaneously be threatened because of a lack of terminology, criteria or documentation?

As Modernism is our newest entrant into the continuum of architectural movements requiring historic preservation, this tear down was a call to action. The National Trust for Historic Preservation, through the Glass House, partnered with the New Canaan Historical Society to leverage an earlier study done by DoCoMoMo’s Northeast chapter to expand/ enhance, publish and put on-line the survey of the remaining 91 modern homes in New Canaan.

Across this site you will find the goals, examples and content to create better tools, common vernacular and greater awareness. The hope is that other communities embarking on a modern survey will connect to these tools and expand this site to showcase the homes and architects of this newest era of preservation.

Participating organizations:

The Philip Johnson Glass House
Rena Zurofsky, Interim Executive Director
199 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT 06840

The New Canaan Historical Society
Janet Lindstrom, Executive Director
13 Oenoke Ridge Road
New Canaan, CT 06840

The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation
Helen Higgins, Executive Director
940 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517

The Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism
Karen Senich, Executive Director
David Bahlman, Division Director and SHPO
One Constitution Plaza, 2nd floor
Hartford, CT 06103

The National Trust for Historic Preservation
Wendy Nicholas, Northeast Regional Director
7 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4th floor
Boston, MA 02109

Building Conservation and Associates
Ray Pepi, President
158 West 27th Street
New York, NY 10001

Michael Bierut, Partner
204 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010

Filed under: Modern Home Project

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