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Events October 2019


Beyond the Glass House: New Canaan Mid-Century Modern Houses 1947–1979

October 22, 2019

Join guest editor and architect Alan Goldberg and photographer Michael Biondo for a conversation with writer Gwen North Reiss about the New Canaan houses featured in a+u – Architecture & Urbanism, a magazine in Japanese and English that provides information on architecture around the globe to a global audience. The discussion will center on a recent issue that examined fourteen Mid-Century Modern houses in New Canaan, CT, designed by nine architects between the years 1947-1979, the making of the monograph, the related international competition, “Living in the Future,” and exhibitions at the Center for Architecture Sarasota and the Yale School of Architecture Main Gallery.

Alan Goldberg began his career in New York working on a number of important buildings before moving to New Canaan, CT to join Eliot Noyes & Associates, one of the nations most respected design firms in 1966. In 1974, he became a partner, and three years later, after Noyes died, the sole principal under the firm’s new name AG/ENA. During his 50 years with the firm Goldberg designed and managed a diverse number of projects for some of the nation’s leading corporations and public agencies. Goldberg embraced design in the broadest sense, including architecture, corporate design consulting, industrial design, interiors, and graphics. He became an integral part of New Canaan’s mid-century modern movement, and has raised public awareness of the movement and the need to preserve its heritage.

Michael Biondo is an architectural photographer whose work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Architizer, Dwell, and other publications. In addition to shooting 14 New Canaan houses for the May 2019 issue of a+u, he has done special photography projects for the Glass House, the National Trust, and numerous publishers and websites. He is co-author and photographer of Mid-Century Houses Today, which celebrates New Canaan’s Modern houses and was published in 2015 by Monacelli Press. A Wilton resident with a lifelong interest in art and design, Michael grew up in New Canaan and Darien and earned his BFA from the Pratt Institute.

Gwen North Reiss is a writer and poet whose articles on modern architecture for the New York Times, Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, Preservation Magazine, and other publications appeared during the early years of preservation efforts in New Canaan. At the Glass House, she has conducted interviews for the Oral History Project and the Conversations series and is part of the Education team. A Yale College graduate with a degree in Literature, Reiss has published poetry in literary magazines and is the author of a chapbook, “Notes on Metals” as well as “Paper Aperture,” a group of poems published by Pen and Brush in New York.

Glass House Presents at New Canaan Library is an occasional series of talks and events about architecture, design, and Modernism in New Canaan and beyond. The series is collaboratively organized by the Glass House and the Library. This program is generously supported by the New Canaan Community Foundation.

Tuesday October 22, 6:00 – 8:00pm
New Canaan Library, New Canaan, CT
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Southside of Lee House I, Drawn by John Black Lee, 1953, Courtesy of John Lee, Jr.


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