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Modern House tour gives celebrates town's mid-century moderns

Published 2:32 pm, Thursday, May 31, 2012

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  • The lighting fixture in the kitchen of The Goodyear House in Darien, designed by John Johansen, was one of the homes on the Modern House Tour last Sunday, May 20, 2012.  Darien, Conn. Photo: Jeanna Petersen Shepard
    The lighting fixture in the kitchen of The Goodyear House in Darien, designed by John Johansen, was one of the homes on the Modern House Tour last Sunday, May 20, 2012. Darien, Conn. Photo: Jeanna Petersen Shepard

 

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May is for Moderns, the third annual modern house tour, took place Sunday, May 20, from 1 to 5 p.m.

The tour featured eight homes designed by members of New Canaan's world famous "Harvard Five," their associates and disciples, as well as Frank Lloyd Wright's top apprentice/draftsman, John Howe, who worked with him for more than 30 years. Some of the homes had never before been open to the public. Six were in New Canaan and two were in Darien and Wilton.

Included are a home designed by Philip Johnson and two homes designed by John Johansen, another Harvard Five architect. Other architects included Victor Christ-Janer, who started a New Canaan firm and helped transform the town into an incubator for distinctive modernist dwellings in the l950s, and Willis Mills, designer of St. Mark's Church in New Canaan, who was founding partner of Sherwood, Mills & Smith in Stamford. The Mills home on this tour, originally designed for his family, is listed by the National Register of Historic Places and has been extensively renovated by BassamFellows architects.