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 architects. At the New Canaan Historical Society, we have embraced the Modern movement and are at 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, 2011, 2013 and 2016. As a result, hundreds of people from throughout the United States have had 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 we operate and maintain the Gores Pavilion, at 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.

Date

1939

1947

1948

1948

1949

1950

1950

1950

1951

1951

1951

1951

1951

1951

1952

1952

1952

1952

1952

1952

1952

1952

1952

1952

1952

1953

House Name

Mills House

Sidney Bowen House

Breuer House I

Janer House

Landis Gores House

Glass House

Barlow House

Tallman House

Rantoul House

Brown House

Bremer House

James Mills House

Gress House

Hodgson House

Kiffen House

Gratwick House

Roles House

Weeks House

Poole House

Ault House

Weeks House

Riley House

Celanese House

Gates House

Campbell House / Goldberg House

Campbell House or Goldberg House

Date

1953

1953

1954

1954

1954

1954

1954

1954

1956

1956

1956

1956

1956

1956

1957

1957

1957

1957

1957

1957

1958

1958

1959

1960

House Name

Ball House

Wiley House

Irwin House

Tech Built House

Tech Built House

Arlt House

Naill House

Ford House

Noyes House II

Daine House

Warner House

Speculative House

Lee House

Rayward House

Boissonas House

Hurlburt House

Bacon House

Rogers house

Smallen House

Ford House

Matthews House

Attwood House

David Melville House

Dagget Jackson House

Date

1960

1960

1961

1961

1961

1961

1962

1962

1962

1962

1964

1964

1965

1966

1966

1966

1968

1969

1969

1969

1974

1977

1978

1979

1980

1984

1984

House Name

Edward Winter House

Irwin Pool House

Laszlo Papp House

Evans House

McCarthy House

DeSilver House

Teaze House

Hall House

Becker House

Tatum House

Duprez House

Dana House

Pederson House

Parsons House

Leufhold House

Day House

Latham House

Monroe House

McDonnall House

Zula Crichton House

Whitlow House

Spotts House

Brandon House

Flashen House

Branch House

Grant House

Kane House