Beyond the Glass House: New Canaan Mid-Century Modern Houses 1947-1979
199 Elm Street
+u – Architecture & Urbanism – is a magazine in Japanese and English that provides information on architecture around the globe to a global readership. A recent issue of the magazine examined fourteen Mid-Century Modern houses in New Canaan, designed by nine architects between the years 1947-1979. Join guest editor and architect Alan Goldberg and photographer Michael Biondo for a conversation with writer Gwen North Reiss about the New Canaan houses featured in the magazine, the making of the monograph, the related international competition, “Living in the Future,” and exhibitions at the Center for Architecture Sarasota and the Yale School of Architecture Main Gallery.
Please note: this event takes place at New Canaan Library. Please kindly register for this program here. The lecture will begin at 6:30pm, preceded by a reception beginning at 6:00pm.
Alan Goldberg began his career in New York working on a number of important buildings for a firm that adhered to Beaux-Arts style principals. By an unexpected occurrence he found himself on a team formed by Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson to design the Seagram’s Building, considered one of the great icons in 20th century architecture. The experience heightened Goldberg’s interest in the Bauhaus Movement, which he studied in college, and helped shape his thoughts on architecture. Goldberg, in 1966, moved to New Canaan, Connecticut to join Eliot Noyes & Associates, one of the nations most respected design firms. In 1974, he became a partner, and three years later, after Noyes died, the sole principal under the firm’s new name AG/ENA. During his 50 years with the firm Goldberg designed and managed a diverse number of projects for some of the nation’s leading corporations and public agencies. Goldberg embraced design in the broadest sense, including architecture, corporate design consulting, industrial design, interiors, and graphics. He became an integral part of New Canaan’s mid-century modern movement, and has raised public awareness and the need to preserve its heritage.
Michael Biondo is an architectural photographer whose work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Architizer, Dwell, and other publications. In addition to shooting 14 New Canaan houses for the May 2019 issue of a+u, he has done special photography projects for the Glass House, the National Trust, and numerous publishers and websites. He is co-author and photographer of Mid-Century Houses Today, which celebrates New Canaan’s Modern houses and was published in 2015 by Monacelli Press. A Wilton resident with a lifelong interest in art and design, Michael grew up in New Canaan and Darien and earned his BFA from the Pratt Institute. He began his career in fashion photography, dividing his time between New York, Los Angeles, and Paris, and returned to Fairfield County in 2006. He currently serves as a Board Member for the Carriage Barn Arts Center.