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Gores Pavilion

1960


ADDRESS
Irwin Park
848 Weed Street
New Canaan
CT

BUILT
1960

Landis Gores, AIA, one of the Harvard Five architects who had been Philip Johnson’s associate on The Glass House, designed the Pavilion as a winter lodge and a summer pool house for John Irwin and Jane Watson. It was dedicated in 1960 at a grand surprise party arranged by Philip Johnson in honor of Gores.

The Gores Pavilion is an architectural jewel. It has an enormous hinged glass façade and dramatic cantilevers. The façade columns draw their inspiration from Mies van de Rohe’s Barcelona pavilion. The horizontal redwood boarding provides a heavy shadow pattern prevalent in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian houses, and a Prairie-style fireplace runs floor to ceiling.

The galley kitchen looks out over what are now the walking trails of Irwin Park. The furniture was designed by legendary designer Jens Risom.

When the Irwin heirs sold the Irwin estate to the Town of New Canaan, the pool was filled in and the Town planned to demolish the structure. A small group of New Canaan residents formed the Friends of the Gores Pavilion. The CT Register of Historic Places listed it in 2006. The Pavilion remains open for visitors by appointment.

When the Irwin heirs sold the Irwin estate to the Town of New Canaan, the pool was filled in and the Town planned to demolish the structure. A small group of New Canaan residents formed the Friends of the Gores Pavilion. The CT Register of Historic Places listed it in 2006.The Chapel remains open for visitors by appointment and is available for private functions.

WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THAT CONSTRUCTION ON THE JIM AND DEDE BARTLETT CENTER FOR NEW CANAAN HISTORY BEGINS FEBRUARY 12, 2024.
EVENTS WILL OCCUR AS SCHEDULED, BUT BECAUSE OF THE LOGISTICAL CHALLENGES IN THE MAIN BUILDING, TOURS OF THE CAMPUS AND THE PORTRAIT EXHIBITION ARE AVAILABLE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
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