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Modern house tour, symposium Oct. 5

Published 11:38 am, Friday, September 27, 2013
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The Modern House Day Tour and Symposium, presented by the New Canaan Historical Society, takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5.

Breakfast, the symposium and lunch will take place at New Canaan Country School, 635 Frogtown Road. Registration and breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the symposium will start at 10 a.m. A cocktail party following the house tours will begin at 5 p.m. at the society's Town House, 13 Oenoke Ridge.

The society's signature event, under the theme "A Modern Mix: Art and Architecture," celebrates art in the modern home. Guests will experience in-depth guided tours of homes designed by Ulrich Franzen, Gates and Ford, Alan Goldberg, Landis Gores, John Johansen, Bimel Kehm, Hugh Smallen and Edward Durell Stone. The event offers the rare opportunity to view John Johansen's Warner House, known as the Bridge House, a neo-Palladian structure whose living room spans the Mill River that flows beneath it.

The symposium, sponsored by William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty, will be moderated by John Arbuckle, Docomomo New York/tri-state board president and co-chairman of the AIA New York chapter Historic Buildings Committee. Symposium speakers include Michael Biondo, who has traveled the world photographing architecture and fashion for leading publications; Robert Gregson, an artist who uses architecture as an element in his playful installations and projects; and Mary Thorp, founder of the Harry Bertoia Research Project.

The cost of the tour is $275, which includes breakfast, symposium, lunch and cocktail reception. To register, visit www.nchistory.org.