For the occasion of the newly-blushed book “Midcentury Houses Today” by Monacelli Press, the New Canaan Historical Society organized a tour of three of the town’s most distinctive modernist homes. No better way to spend a glorious autumn Saturday with my
family in an architectural tour. We visited three homes by the stararchitects of those days, Phillips Johnson, Edward Durell Stone, and Marcel Breuer, and met with the people who live in these icons, who resotored them and whose lives have been intersected with the history of American modernism. Since the 50s, "the Harvard Five" built houses for themselves and for clients in New Canaan, Connecticut, and thus the town came to be the locus of the modern movement's experimentation in materials, construction methods, space, and form. The visit to the Boissnos House that Philip Johnson designed in 1956, illustrated the greatness of this modernist to create grand, elegant spaces and to translate Classical principles into modernist vocabulary.