Modern Home Project + Survey

The Glass House Modern Home Project is a fundamental step towards national recognition, preservation and scholarly evaluation of Modernist residential structures. It will be promoted as a model for use by other states and communities with dense concentrations of modern resources. The Modern Home Project is comprised of the New Canaan Modern Home Survey, a comprehensive survey and searchable database of 90+ architect-designed mid-20th century Modern homes in New Canaan, CT that led to a state-wide historic context statement: the National Register Multiple Property Documentation Form.  

Interested in preserving a modern building? Learn more about the process to list a property on the National Register of Historic Places.

On September 25, 2010, the Glass House celebrated the addition of eighteen New Canaan modern homes to the National and State Registers of Historic Places and the creation of the Multiple Property Documentation Form. In attendance were modern homeowners and architects whose homes were included in this project and representatives from the New Canaan Historical Society, New Canaan Preservation Alliance, the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, and the National Parks Service.

The National Register Multiple Property Documentation Form (MPDF) consists of a statewide historic context statement (a detailed and scholarly overview of the development of Modernist architecture and design in the State of Connecticut) for Mid-Century Modern Houses in Connecticut (1930-1979) and individual nominations for a selection of architect designed Modern Houses in New Canaan. The project builds on the work of the 2008 New Canaan Mid-Century Modern House survey by selecting the homes in New Canaan that have the highest degree of integrity and significance and, with property owner permission, creates nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. Called a Multiple Property Documentation, this project highlights and protects a key portion of Connecticut’s Modern architectural heritage by shining a spotlight on the significance of these Modern resources and helps the public to understand and appreciate their value. The project creates a detailed overview of the history of Modern architecture and design in Connecticut and spotlights eighteen New Canaan homes to illustrate the movement.

Modern Home Survey 

The New Canaan Modern Home Survey project involves a comprehensive survey of over ninety architect-designed mid-20th century Modern homes in New Canaan, CT. This project is the fundamental first step toward scholarly evaluation of Modernist resources with research, fieldwork and photography. The survey will be promoted as a model for use by other states and communities with dense concentrations of modern resources. The Survey was generously supported by the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation and the New Canaan Historical Society.

Pictured above: Michael Fedele, Jesa Damora, Sirkka Damora, Matthew Damora, William Earls, Roseanne Diserio, John Black Lee, David Bahlman, Janet Lindstrom, and Jens Risom.

The Glass House thanks the generous sponsors of the Modern Home Project

New Canaan Historical SocietyCT TrustConnecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism



BCA Historic Preservation  

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