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News September 2010

New Canaan Classics featured in Preservation magazine

September 24, 2010

For its September/October cover story Preservation magazine drops in on three Modern houses in New Canaan, CT.: A John Black Lee Systems House recently restored and updated by new owners and two houses still in the family of their Harvard Five designer. Through interviews the author points out the risks these houses face despite the loving attention and good intentions of their owners. Bob Pederson and Andrew Mersmann rhapsodize about the geometry and big glass of their Systems House, Pam Gores tells why the house designed by her husband Landis Gores is bigger than its peers and Fred Noyes talks about what he and his siblings are doing to help preserve the house designed by their father Eliot Noyes. Titled “Too New for New Canaan?” the article has a slightly doomsday tone and makes a couple of sweeping generalizations early on that the real estate community may stand up to refute. It ends with “After all, the nation’s resurgent interest in Modernism appears to have peaked…” Care to refute that one? Read the article and leave your comment on the string.
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Photo: Courtyard of Noyes House, Eliot Noyes, 1963.

Kathleen Randall