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The newly renovated Gores Pavilion for the Arts in New Canaan’s Irwin Park, originally a mid-century pool house, was opened to the public for the first time earlier this month. Six years ago the fate of the then-dilapidated building looked grim. The town of New Canaan bought the 36-acre Irwin estate in 2005 for use as a park and planned to demolish the pool house. Designed by Landis Gores, one of the “Harvard Five” architects and Philip Johnson’s associate on the Glass House, the pool house escaped this fate and was listed on the state Register of Historic Places in 2006.... MORE

Gores Pavilion, New Canaan, CT.

Each year Preservation New Jersey releases a list of 10 historic resources that are imminently threatened. The 2011 list includes the Bachman Wilson House, designed in 1954 by Frank Lloyd Wright—one of only four documented Wright houses in New Jersey. ... MORE

The survey and documentation of New Jersey’s Modern resources continues to make progress, largely thanks to the assistance of several enthusiastic Rutgers University art history students. This spring, Alyson Goldman focused on the Modern architecture of Bergen County, compiling a binder of research, a bibliography and photographs. While Alyson was exploring northern New Jersey, Meghan Karlik was working in the central part of the state. ... MORE

Institute for Advanced Study, West Building, Robert Geddes, 1968-1971 photo: Meghan Karlik