Category Archives: Architecture

Holy Mackerel! In Wilton

I stopped by The Wilton Open Book Store last week to see how sales for my books were going. Open book has been very supportive of my efforts and I urge you to support them by stopping by there first … Continue reading

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Corrections

According to what can only be termed very reliable sources, some of the houses listed in my arial recon report ( seen here ) are mis-labeled. The house I called The Luthold House is actually called The Leuthold House according … Continue reading

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Speaking of trying to get two more finished….

As I have mentioned in a previous post I currently have several book projects on my desk. There are now two in the running for first out of the gate, “Holy Mackerel” and one I am calling “Project Zoom” are … Continue reading

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Small Architects and Small People

As it looks now, this summer will be a busy one. I have several books I am trying to finish, two to be exact, I am directing “Grease” with Wilton Children’s Theater’s Summerstage and I will be working at The … Continue reading

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On Being an Architect Without Schooling

We got a game by EA (remember Electronic Arts?) called Sims2. It allows one to play god in a level of detail that we could only wish the real one did. The cool thing is that it is fairly easy … Continue reading

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A Nice Father Daughter Moment (or rather 60 of them)

This weekend I drove with Sarah over to New Canaan to drop off her friend after they had spent a good deal of the day together. Sarah commented on the “stupid” sizes of some of the homes there and then … Continue reading

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Gone

Well, they are gone and I’ll try to get a picture later. The last of the unmodified cottages from Wilton Center’s “Cottage Row” have been razed to make way for another piece of architectural barf. The Westportification of Wilton Center marches on. Soon … Continue reading

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Today’s Finds

After the aerial recon last night I went and found Noyes’ Bremer House which has undergone a restoration and looks fabulous! The owners have done a terrific job and should be commended. No big add-ons just a tasteful updating. I’ll … Continue reading

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What I’d Do to the Gores Pavilion

As you know, I have been looking for and at moderns in New Canaan. I have found many (see below) and are looking for more. I have also been able to see up close, the Irwin Pool House by Landis … Continue reading

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Lee House 2 Update?

In doing my research, such that it is, on the New Canaan Moderns I came across architect David Hotson’s website ( http://www.hotson.net/ ). There, under residential projects, is John Black Lee’s Lee House 2. The house had already undergone a … Continue reading

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More New Canaan Moderns

Driving around this long weekend I have found more homes designed by The Harvard Five and others (Harvard Five homes are asterisked). To date I have found: The Glass House by Philip Johnson (not really hard at all)* Marcel Breuer’s … Continue reading

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I think this is the one.

So as I have detailed in a previous post, I spent some time walking around the Landis Gores Pavilion a weekend or two ago. While there I saw these lawn chairs. I think they are really simple, elegant and very … Continue reading

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Beating a Dead, but worthy, Horse

In going through the pictures of The Gores Pavilion I was struck by the fact that the only folks who seem to see any value in it’s preservation are a few “history nuts” and “modern-a-files”. It would seem to me … Continue reading

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Cool chairs and more

While I was looking at the Landis Gores Pavilion I saw some really cool chairs on the front lawn of the Irwin Estate now town park. They look really cool and not to difficult to construct. It looks like about … Continue reading

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Noyes, Gores, Smallen and Lee.

So I spent most of this weekend really sick. The only downside to working in a building populated by little petri dishes on legs is that you seem to pick up your share of virulent diseases.On Saturday I had some … Continue reading

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Philadelphia and My Accidental First Frank Gehry

So this weekend Laura was in, still is as I write this, Philadelphia at the NEA Conference. She was there with her company, By Kids for Kids, and Sarah and I went along for the trip. Actually Laura went down … Continue reading

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About Time

I grew up in New Canaan, also known as “The Next Station to Heaven” which makes either Wilton, Darien, or Pound Ridge well….heaven. “Oh sure”, I can hear you say, “New Canaan also borders Stamford and Norwalk.” To which I … Continue reading

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