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2013 New Canaan Modern House Day Tour and Symposium

If you are an art and architecture enthusiast, The Modern House Day Tour and Symposium is an event you will not want to miss. The event is annually hosted by the New Canaan Historical Society, and this year it is sponsored by William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty and Gina Federico Graphic Design. The theme is entitled, A Modern Mix: Art + Architecture, which celebrates art in the modern home. All guests will enjoy an in-depth guided tour of homes designed by Ulrich Franzen, Gates and Ford, Alan Goldberg, Landis Gores, John Johansen, Bimel Kehm, Hugh Smallen, and Edward Durell Stone among others.

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This years’ guests will have the rare opportunity to view John Johansen’s architectural masterpiece, “The Warner House.” John Johansen was the last living member of the Harvard Five, a renowned group of architects who settled in New Canaan just after WWII. The Warner House, also known as “The Bridge House” (1956), was selected in 1958 as one of the best contemporary homes by Architectural Record. It’s a Neo-Palladian structure with a living room that spans over the Mill River. This home is extraordinarily designed with arches replete with gold leaf trimming, and a beautifully landscaped garden with a stream surrounded by gilded gargoyles, designed by sculptor Robert Engman.

One of our agent’s listings will also be featured in the modern house tour. “The Dana House,” designed by the mid-century architect Ulrich Franzen, is listed at $5,500,000 and set on nine acres in New Canaan. This powerful brick structure was a unique design built in 1963 on former farmland in the midst of an apple orchard. It hosts five/six bedrooms, five bathrooms and a two-story living room, with a full wall of glass opening out to multiple decks. To view more details click here.

We are excited to support the New Canaan Historical Society in this endeavor to preserve the modern homes of New Canaan. As William Larkin, our New Canaan brokerage manager said, “We are honored to have the chance to do our part by supporting the New Canaan Historical Society, which works to ensure that these spectacular residences stand as living legacies well into the future.” The annual Modern House Day Tour and Symposium is only a week away, beginning at 8:30 am on Saturday, October 5 in New Canaan, Connecticut. The full-day event includes breakfast, the symposium, lunch, tour, cocktail reception and transportation. For more information, visit

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