In 1955, John Johansen, a member of the Harvard Five, designed and custom built a house in Darien for a classmate, a member of the Goodyear family. This structure quickly became well-known for its unique appearance, and is a fine example of American mid-century modernist architecture.
Mr. Johansen established his practice in 1948 in New Canaan, CT, after his obtaining his education at Harvard University and working at a firm in New York City. Johansen started out exploring the box in his designs, a single style to accompany the modern movement. This design style was easy to build, economical and is aesthetically simple. His designs focused on function, with an eye on the social and urban condition. He strictly wanted to avoid designing mega structures that were overpowering. These concepts led to the design of the Johansen House #1 in 1950, which was included in a Museum of Modern Art exhibit.
The property is located at 5 Settler’s Trail, is a part of Americana and richly associated with Darien. The site of many photo shoots, the Goodyear House offers a classic Palladian-symmetrical design, with floor to ceiling glass. “It really attracts a lot of attention,” said Inger Stringfellow, the listing agent for the property. “It is considered a piece of art!”
Visitors are greeted by a 40-foot atrium entryway. With a very open, dramatic floorplan, the design comes together with bridges that connect the pavilions, giving one the visual effect that the structure is floating. Considered pretty large for a modern home, there is over 6,000 square feet of living space, complimented by a series of decks and terraces.
The house is situated as such to take advantage of passive solar energy. Featuring mature perennial gardens and a skating pond, the property sits on 2.2 acres. The spacious interior features six bedrooms and two and a half baths, along with a workshop and attached garage. Each of the six bedrooms has a full wall of windows.