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House used in "The Ice Storm"

Postby markjudep » Thu Apr 10, 2008 12:49 pm

Does anyone know what house was used in "The Ice Storm"? I know it was supposed to be in New Canaan, so imagine it's one of the Harvard Five's, but I can't find it in any books.

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Postby Miguel » Thu Apr 10, 2008 2:16 pm

Found it! It's one of the not well know New Canaan Moderns built in 1972 by Alan Goldberg:

NY POST
"MODERN AGE

By ELIZABETH KEYSER

November 16, 2006 -- Strangers leave letters in Jan Abramowitz's mailbox asking if she'd like to sell her house, which appeared in the 1997 movie "The Ice Storm." Owning a home that's been immortalized on film is pretty cool, but that's not what attracts admirers. Abramowitz's home is one of the few remaining landmark houses known as the New Canaan Moderns.

Despite its traditional setting, New Canaan, Conn., about 50 miles from Manhattan, became a hotbed of Modernism in the late 1940s, when a group of architects known as "The Harvard Five" - Marcel Breuer, Eliot Noyes, John M. Johansen, Landis Gores and Philip Johnson, the best known of the group - moved to the quiet New England community. There, they built roughly 100 houses, the most famous being Johnson's Glass House, that challenged conventional architecture and stood out among the town's Colonials and farmhouses.

The small scale and spare style of the Moderns is out of sync with today's taste for grandeur, and about half of them have been torn down.

But interest in these masterpieces, as well as later Moderns inspired by the work of the Harvard Five, is growing. New buyers are keeping the bones of the houses, while updating them in the spirit of the original architects.

"They are not mainstream," says broker Carolyn Clark of Carolyn Clark & Associates. "But it's an important niche we are proud of having."

THE MODSQUAD

"After living in a tiny New York apartment, I wanted to feel the spaciousness and see the trees," says Abramowitz, who lived inNew York City for 13 years.

Her 4,000-square-foot, five-bedroom, four-bath house is one of the later Moderns, built in 1972 by Alan Goldberg, an architect in Noyes' firm. The previous owners added two bedrooms and a bath to the original structure. Abramowitz and her husband went further, building a garage, a family room and master-bedroom suite. She revels in the open architecture and the indoor-outdoor feel the many large windows give.

Another New York couple who decided to take the Modernist plunge were Andrew Mersmann, editor-in-chief of Passport magazine, and his partner, Bob Pederson, a senior vice president at Comedy Central - two self-professed "Modern architecture geeks."

They were perfectly content living in their Brooklyn loft until four years ago, when they found a Modern house on the market in New Canaan, fell in love with the place and purchased it for $840,000.

The "systems" house, as its architect John Black Lee dubbed it, was designed in 1961 as a model for homes that could be quickly constructed using existing standard lumber sizes. (Lee sold the design kit through the mail.) The house is 2,000 square feet, with three bedrooms, three baths, two fireplaces and balconies.

Mersmann and Pederson referred to several sources when they began renovation, including a 1964 spread in Better Homes and Gardens, which helped them recreate the original exterior colors.

"We brought it back to a high-contrast paint scheme," says Mersmann of the gray stucco contrasted with dark-brown trim.

They also removed two internal walls to open up the floor plan, including one between the dining room and the living room. To create a large master bedroom, they removed a wall between two bedrooms on the second story.

"We knew that one [of the walls] had been added," Mersmann says, after they saw the floor plans of their house in the book "The Harvard Five" by William Earls.

And though they didn't use Lee to do their renovation, when he came to their house during a recent tour of Modern houses, he liked the changes, Mersmann says.

Today, Mersmann and Pederson estimate the house is worth between $1.2 million and $1.4 million, but they have no plans to sell.

MODERNLOVE

When Ashlea Ebeling and Craig Bloom first began looking for houses in New Canaan, real-estate agents, who believed that a Colonial would have better resale potential, warned them against buying a Modern.

But the couple, who previously lived in New York City, knew what they wanted. They bought their 1962 Hugh Smallen house for $700,000 in 1999, when Colonial-style houses were going for $1 million. The house is 3,800 square feet, with four bedrooms and four baths. Few interior doors interrupt the flow of rooms.

Ebeling finds the floor-to-ceiling windows are "wonderful" for her two toddlers, allowing them to look out at nature. More than 1,000 square feet of decking expands the sense of space and provides a place for the kids to play.

"We totally feel like we got a bargain," Ebeling says.

And she sees its value increasing. Another house built by Smallen that was recently listed for $1.875 million has gone to contact. The 3,600-square-foot house has four bedrooms and two bathrooms and features 12-foot ceilings, wood paneling, walnut floors and walls of glass.

Recently, an offer was accepted on a 1950 Philip Johnson house that sits on 5 acres across from his famous Glass House. The 4,600-square-foot home has five bedrooms, four baths and access to the outdoors from every room. It is selling for its listed price of $4,250,000 after being on the market for 150 days.

The Moderns "tend to stay on the market longer" due to their unconventionality, says Clark. Currently, there are about a half-dozen for sale in the area.

And while such homes might seem odd to some, to Modern devotees, the quirky structures, with their walls of windows letting the outside world see in, make for a unique living experience.

"We don't feel exposed at all," says Mersmann of his floor-to-ceiling windows. Especially at night, when the house is lit up, "It looks like a theater or a dollhouse." "

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Postby Miguel » Thu Apr 10, 2008 5:34 pm

Here are other of the not-so-well-known New Canaan moderns (i.e. not the Harvard Five New Canaan moderns):

Designed and built by John Black Lee in 1956 and renovated by Toshiko Mori, the chair of the Department of Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design:
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Another built in the late 50s by Taylor Gates:
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Postby ch » Thu Apr 10, 2008 5:56 pm

The "Ice Storm" house is on Chichester, just down the road from the incredible John Black Lee house that is pictured above. New Canaan is a lovely town but we are talking money here.

After seeing the beautiful renovation/remodel in the book "Modernism Reborn" that Toshiko Mori did to the Lee house just a few years ago I drove by expecting to see it in that condition. It was riped apart! Was I surprised to see that a subsequent owner was re-renovating it.

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Postby SDR » Thu Apr 10, 2008 7:23 pm

Sure is (was ?) pretty. . .


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Postby markjudep » Sat Apr 12, 2008 9:32 am

Thanks, everyone!

I live in a MCM home a few towns away from New Canaan, in Weston. I'm going over to New Canaan tomorrow and I'll check out the Ice Storm house for sure.

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just back from New Canaan

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Re: just back from New Canaan

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