New Canaan's Gores Pavilion Honored By State

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William Earls, Janet Lindstrom, Helen Higgins and Tom Nissley with the Merit Award for Physical Preservation given to the Gores Pavilion in New Canaan.
William Earls, Janet Lindstrom, Helen Higgins and Tom Nissley with the Merit Award for Physical Preservation given to the Gores Pavilion in New Canaan. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW CANAAN, Conn. — New Canaan’s Gores Pavilion was honored by the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation earlier this month.

The town, historical society, the Friends of the Gores Pavilion, and William D. Earls were presented with a Merit Award for Physical Preservation for keeping the pavilion intact.

The pavilion was originally designed in 1960 by Landis Gores to serve as a pool house and personal lodge for Jack Irwin, U.S. ambassador to France and an Undersecretary of State, and his wife, Jane Watson, whose father was the founder of IBM, according to the historical society’s website. In 2006 the historical society and others rallied to prevent it from being demolished, the website said.

The Gores Pavilion now serves as a museum and cultural center highlighting the modern architecture in New Canaan, the website said.

You can visit the Gores Pavilion from Friday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment, 203-966-1776. Admission is free to members of the New Canaan Historical Society and $5 to the public.

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