New Canaan Modern Home Survey

New Canaan Modern Home Survey

The town of New Canaan, Connecticut is considered to have one of the most significant collections of mid-century Modern houses in the United States. Many of the homes are in threat of demolition so as both a documentation and preservation tool, 91 of these homes have been surveyed and catalogued for all to see...

The New Canaan Mid-Century Modern Houses survey was designed to provide a more complete study of Modern residences in New Canaan and serve as a national model for surveys of other mid-century houses in the United States.

The project sponsors outlined the following objectives for the survey:


  • To identify and document the range of mid-twentieth century architect-designed Modern houses in New Canaan.

  • To develop and promote consistent methodology and nomenclature for the study of mid-century Modern residences.

  • To adapt and apply standard criteria for evaluating the integrity and significance of Modern residences and related resources in a replicable manner.

These are the houses in the images above:

1. Weeks House; Eliot Noyes 1952

2. Breuer House 1; Marcel Breuer 1947

3. Celanese House; Edward Durell Stone 1959

4. Mills House 2; Sherwood, Mills & Smith 1956

5. Techbuilt House/Swallen House; Carl Koch 1954

Check out the rest of the homes on the Modern Home Survey website. Unfortunately all the photographs are from the exterior as we would love to see the interiors of these homes but they do offer a detailed description of all the history and elements they can gather for each home.

The New Canaan Mid-Century Modern Houses Survey was sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation Northeast Office, the New Canaan Historical Society, the Philip Johnson Glass House, and the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation.

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