If you want to see a living museum of mid-century modern, then a visit to beautiful New Canaan, CT, should be on your agenda. The town, where The Ice Storm and Revolutionary Road were filmed, is filled with architecturally significant mid-century modern houses in a style known as New Canaan Modern. The “Harvard Five,” Marcel Breuer, Landis Gores, John Johansen, Eliot Noyes, and Philip Johnson, began building houses in the town during the late 1940s, and by the 1970s, the town had more than a hundred Modern houses, many of which remain in outstanding condition.
Start at Philip Johnson’s The Glass House, the architect’s own home. The most famous of all the New Canaan residences, it was, at one time, arguably the most famous house in the country. Now open to the public, a variety of tours are available, including a 90-minute standard tour, a twilight tour, and a private tour. Check out the website for The New Canaan Mid-Century Modern Houses Survey for a detailed list of the other Modern houses in the town or sign up for a tour with Modern House Man, Jack Trifero, who offers informal driving tours around the town’s architectural gems.