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 House Name 1939 Mills House 1947 Sidney Bowen House 1948 Breuer House I 1948 Janer House 1949 Landis Gores House 1950 Glass House 1950 Barlow House 1950 Tallman House 1951 Rantoul House 1951 Brown House 1951 Bremer House 1951 James Mills House 1951 Gress House 1951 Hodgson House 1952 Kiffen House 1952 Gratwick House 1952 Roles House 1952 Weeks House 1952 Poole House 1952 Ault House 1952 Weeks House 1952 Riley House 1952 Celanese House 1952 Gates House 1952 Campbell House / Goldberg House 1953 Campbell House or Goldberg House Date House Name 1953 Ball House 1953 Wiley House 1954 Irwin House 1954 Tech Built House 1954 Tech Built House 1954 Arlt House 1954 Naill House 1954 Ford House 1956 Noyes House II 1956 Daine House 1956 Warner House 1956 Speculative House 1956 Lee House 1956 Rayward House 1957 Boissonas House 1957 Hurlburt House 1957 Bacon House 1957 Rogers house 1957 Smallen House 1957 Ford House 1958 Matthews House 1958 Attwood House 1959 David Melville House 1960 Dagget Jackson House Date House Name 1960 Edward Winter House 1960 Irwin Pool House 1961 Laszlo Papp House 1961 Evans House 1961 McCarthy House 1961 DeSilver House 1962 Teaze House 1962 Hall House 1962 Becker House 1962 Tatum House 1964 Duprez House 1964 Dana House 1965 Pederson House 1966 Parsons House 1966 Leufhold House 1966 Day House 1968 Latham House 1969 Monroe House 1969 McDonnall House 1969 Zula Crichton House 1974 Whitlow House 1977 Spotts House 1978 Brandon House 1979 Flashen House 1980 Branch House 1984 Grant House 1984 Kane House