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Protecting New Canaan’s Modernism


TitleProtecting New Canaan’s Modernism
Publication TypeNewspaper Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsHay, David
Secondary TitleNew York Times
EditionNew York
Pagination3
Date PublishedJuly 2
Publication Languageeng
Keywords1918-1997, 1972, CT, Marvin, Micheels, Paul, Residence, Rudolph, Westport
Abstract

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 states 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 houses 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: preservationnation.org/modernhomesurvey.

URLhttp://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/02/garden/02online.html?_r=2
Citation Key3337


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