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Postby scottkaycee » Mon Feb 26, 2007 1:22 pm

This was a "Record Home", a selection of the best Architect designed homes featured in Architectural Record. Traditionally published in May. It was also featured in "The Second Treasury of Contemporary Homes" which was a compilation of Record Homes published by Architectural Record in 1958 I think.
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Postby JAB » Mon Feb 26, 2007 1:30 pm

That home has been listed for a very long time: http://www.architectureforsale.com/addr ... erty_ID=86

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Postby post50modern » Mon Feb 26, 2007 1:36 pm

What a beautiful home! I could be mistaken, but I believe this masterpiece was on the market about a year ago for half the price.

New Canaan is a beautiful part of CT and is a 40 minute train ride to Manhattan. Hence the $700 per square foot price tag.

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Postby MODTODD » Mon Feb 26, 2007 2:43 pm

I actually previewed this home to purchase, it is pure modernism at its best!!!!!!!!! The owners were meticulous with the restoration.

It recently sold.

The drawback for us was re-sale; it had been on the market for about two years, and we tend to move frequently.
Modernism makes me happy!

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Postby ch » Mon Feb 26, 2007 7:15 pm

Rumor has it that the boys who bought and did the renovation have now purchased this house down the street:



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(must be nice to be able to carry two multi-million properties at one time...)

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Postby post50modern » Mon Feb 26, 2007 9:03 pm

i think i'm going to be sick. :sick:

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Postby aloft » Tue Feb 27, 2007 10:13 am

this house has been listed @ architectureforsale.com for over a year. not only is the house totally awesome but it's also in new canaan... probably the most modern/architecturally significant places in the east... home to philip johnson's glass house and so many others!

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Postby grh122 » Tue Feb 27, 2007 3:29 pm

Looks like we've discussed this one before:

http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic ... c3800c767a

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Postby luther » Wed Feb 28, 2007 3:30 am

More info on the Mills residence:


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Postby ch » Sat Mar 03, 2007 3:21 pm

Here's an article on New Canaan modernism which details the fate of some great moderns (including the Philip Johnson Hodgson house):



Modern Love: Four Contemporaries Sell in New Canaan

Last issue, we broke news out of Westport of a failed, eleventh-hour attempt to save a Paul Rudolph-designed modern home from demolition.

Score: Wrecking ball, 1; Preservationists, 0.

But recent weeks have brought reports of four important modern houses sold to buyers who profess every intention of keeping the structures intact. Most notably, the Hodgson House in New Canaan—a Philip Johnson-designed home located directly across Ponus Ridge Road from the architect's iconic Glass House (which will open to the public as a museum next month)—closed before the end of last year for $3.75 million. (It was put on the market last spring for $4.25 million.) The beauty of the Hodgson House is its "purity," says listing broker Susan Blabey of William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty in New Canaan. Having been occupied by the Hodgson family for its first 55 years, every detail has remained just as next-door-neighbor Johnson designed it, from the oval swimming pool (with views onto the 47-acre Glass House property) down to the satin-finished nickel door hardware.

In short, "Nobody mucked it up," says Blabey. And nobody will. New Canaan's preservationist community is giddy over news of the Hodgsons' "buyers from heaven"— namely, architect Craig Bassam and former Ferragamo creative director Scott Fellows, who are partners of the Manhattan-based design firm BassamFellows. The men were already living in New Canaan in another modern, just down Ponus Ridge Road from the Glass House. When the Hodgson House came on the market, they were among its first visitors and, eventually, one of the many parties placing offers.

Of course, that means the Bassam-Fellows place ended up with its own for-sale sign posted out front. Built in the mid-'50s, the 4,400-square-foot home, boasting redwood sides and a dramatic placement notched into a rocky hillside, was designed by architect Willis Mills for himself. Bassam and Fellows brought it back from a "deplorable" condition, says listing broker Grace Oei, also of William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty in New Canaan. The now-gorgeous and much-published dwelling has expansive glass window walls, a bluestone terrace with a pool, Brazilian ipe decks and much more—but we won't elaborate as an offer from a couple of Manhattan corporate executives has been accepted. While their purchase price isn't yet public record, and the sale won't close until April, it was listed for just under $3 million.

Another stylish modern, built along Chichester Road in 1957 by architect Hugh Smallen for his family, is also under contract, reports listing broker Inger Stringfellow, also with William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty in New Canaan. "I could have sold it 10 times," says the rueful Stringfellow about the home, whose buyers saw it on the first Saturday it was open for public viewing, and placed their offer shortly thereafter. The sale hasn't closed, but we're guessing its purchase price met or exceeded the asking price of $1.88 million.

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Postby ch » Sat Mar 03, 2007 3:28 pm

"The only problem with moderns is that there aren't enough of them," says Stringfellow, who is the listing broker for one of the few notable mid-century homes currently on the market. An International Style dwelling built in 1968, this 3,851-square-foot house starts with a Zen-like indoor atrium (featuring a koi pond and weeping blue cedar), that leads to a renovated kitchen, dining and living rooms that wrap around the outdoor pool terrace. It includes three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a family room and an office on a private 1.4-acre lot. Listed for $1.5 million, the home is located in North Stamford, a neighborhood that bears little resemblance to the city's steel-and-glass corporate center. In fact, the rural enclave is just minutes from Bedford, N.Y. (Think horse country and Martha Stewart but with lower taxes.)

Our fourth modern sale, called the Celanese House—also in New Canaan on coveted Oenoke Ridge Road—was designed by Edward Durrell Stone (known for MoMA's original 53rd Street building and the Kennedy Center). The low-slung dwelling is exceptional but also a bit eccentric, with a flat roof punctuated by a dozen glass-sided pyramids and lacy-looking wood panels that screen its facade, providing privacy and geometrically patterned light. Built to showcase the wonders of a then high-tech fabric called Celanese, this home was also "un-mucked up" over the years, but not necessarily in a way the average buyer would find attractive. A little run down, it was fortunate to fall into the hands of a couple planning a meticulously faithful restoration, reports the broker who sold it, Michael McKee, also of William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty in New Canaan (an office that's four for four in these sales, by the way).

So, happy endings all around as New Canaan reemerges as the heart of Modernist residential architecture, harkening back to a time when architects—and not hedge-fund managers—were its glittering, glorified demigods. "Oh, the parties we had!" New Canaan architect John Black Lee recently reminisced about that era for the press. "The women were all gorgeous and the guys were all heroic. And it was all terrific."

What may not be terrific is the fate of the Philip Johnson-designed Alice Ball house, located just a few doors down from the Celanese House. The place changed hands in 2005, with much fanfare in the local media about how it was to be saved from the wrecking ball. But then came reports—all unconfirmed—that its new owner planned to "save" the diminutive dwelling as a pool house while building a larger main house on the property. Such a project would run afoul of regulations restricting lot coverage, and for whatever reason there has been no big machinery on the Alice Ball site, either for construction or demolition. "Keep your eye on it," advised a broker, declining to specify whether a wrecking ball or for-sale sign would crop up soon. "Something is going to happen."


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