New Canaan is widely known for its scores of houses designed in the decades after World War II by some of the nation’s best modern architects. At the New Canaan Historical Society, we have embraced the Modern movement and are in the forefront of efforts to appreciate and preserve that legacy.
In 2002, when it became clear that some of our community’s most beautiful Modern houses were being torn down and replaced by huge, conventional houses, we revived New Canaan’s tradition of Modern house tours, and added an educational symposium, to raise awareness of just how important and threatened the houses are.
We organized subsequent tours and symposiums in 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2011 and, as a result, hundreds of people from New Canaan and beyond have gotten a first-hand look at some of our town’s modern gems.
Our Library contains an important collection of archival material about the Modernist movement in New Canaan, and operates and maintains the Gores Pavilion, in Irwin Park.
The Society was also a lead sponsor of the groundbreaking Modern Homes Survey, which identified 91 modern houses in the community and created a set of evaluation criteria.