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Sneak Peek into Private Residence



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    Here's something you don't see every day - a rare glimpse into a historic piece of Connecticut architecture.

    November 15-16 from 12 p.m.-4 p.m., you can take a peek into a private residence in New Canaan created by the 20th century's famed architect Philip Johnson.  It's called The Philip Johnson Modern House.

    Johnson's the most well-known from a group called "The Harvard Five".  Young architects trained at Harvard, they landed in New Canaan in the 1940's and 50's and started building. 

    Johnson called this particular building his "Little Jewel".  It was his first commission after he built his famous "Glass House".  This "jewel" was finished in 1953 and has been recently restored by Victoria Lyon Interiors.  It was fixed up in a way that would pay tribute to both vintage design and contemporary artists, artisans, furniture designers, and contractors.

    The tour takes place at 523 Oenoke Ridge Road, and is being run by the New Canaan Historical Society

    Tickets are $15 at the door, and all of the money will go towards the restoration of the Landis Gores Pavilion.  Gores himself was a member of the Harvard Five. The Historical Society plans on using the Pavilion as a museum and cultural center.

    By the way, if you really like the house - you can buy it.  It's on sale right now through a local realty company.