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Tour New Canaan's Grace Farms, Modern Houses At Historical Society Event

The New Canaan Historical Society offers a modern house tour with symposium and cocktail party to benefit the Society on May 14 at Grace Farms.
The New Canaan Historical Society offers a modern house tour with symposium and cocktail party to benefit the Society on May 14 at Grace Farms. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- A modern house tour and cocktail party, "Modern: A Way of Thinking" is set for Saturday, May 14 at Grace Farms, New Canaan.

The tour will feature homes designed and renovated by Philip Johnson, John Black Lee, Eliot Noyes, Hariri & Hariri, Kengo Kuma, Joeb Moore, Toshiko Mori, Amanda Martocchio and others.

The program begins at 8:30 a.m., with check-in and a continental breakfast.

Grace Farms is a new center for nature, arts, justice, community and faith at 65 Lukes Wood.

Owned and operated by Grace Farms Foundation, Grace Farms was established as an 80-acre gift of open space. The site incorporates an 83,000-square foot multi-use building called the River, that blends into the surrounding woodlands, wetlands and meadows.

Tours of Grace Farms will be offered throughout the day.

"By living in the midst of so many outstanding modern residences—the greatest concentration of early mid-century moderns in the U.S.—the people of our town have an opportunity to experience firsthand an architecture of minimalist simplicity, which calms the mind and reduces our separation from nature," said Sharon Prince, President of Grace Farms Foundation.

The program kicks off with a Symposium at 9:45 a.m. with presentations by Hicks Stone, architect and author of Edward Durell Stone: A Son's Untold Story of a Legendary Architect; Bill Ryall, LEED, PHIUS and partner at Ryall, Porter, Sheridan and Sharon Prince, who will discuss her work with Tokyo-based, Pritzker Prize-winning firm SANAA who designed Grace Farms. AIA credits will be offered.

Next, guests will break into small groups for a box lunch and guided tour of Grace Farms and visit modern homes throughout New Canaan via private tour vans, escorted by an architect or historian of the Modern Movement.

The day will conclude back at Grace Farms for a Cocktail Party from 5 to 7 p.m.

Tickets ($500) are purchased at NCHistory.org

The event will benefit the New Canaan Historical Society.

For more information, call (203) 966-1776 or click here http://www.nchistory.org/modern-house-day-tour-symposium-modern-a-way-of-thinking/

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