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new england modernism

revolutionary architecture in the 20th century

 

introducing

 

New England Modernism: Revolutionary Architecture in the 20th Century

A 6-part educational film series currently being prepared for release to art house theaters in the United States and abroad, and to Amazon Prime in 2023. 


official trailer


The United States saw a revolution in popular architectural style between the 1930s and 1970s. American Modernism, originally influenced by the work of European masters including Le Corbusier and Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius, began to establish footing in New England in early 1930-32 in part with the construction of the Field House in New Hartford, Connecticut by William Lescaze and the Ralph-Barbarin House in the city of Stamford, designed by Le Corbusier protégé Albert Frey. 

Gagarin House II, Litchfield, CT  Marcel Breuer, 1973

Gagarin House II, Litchfield, CT

Marcel Breuer, 1973


Gagarin House I, Litchfield, CT  Marcel Breuer, 1956-7

Gagarin House I, Litchfield, CT

Marcel Breuer, 1956-7

By the 1940s, the region was a hotbed of modernism, led by a group of architects known as the “Harvard Five” who settled in New Canaan, Connecticut and included Marcel Breuer, Landis Gores, John Johansen, Philip Johnson and Eliot Noyes. Other architects who designed notable mid- century modern structures in New England included Victor Christ-Janer, Andrew Geller, Alan Goldberg, Carl Koch, John Black Lee, Hugh Smallen and Edward Durell Stone. The work produced by this pool of talent had international and permanent influence. 


The story of New England Modernism is one of imagination, creativity and industriousness. It involves Russian royalty, a tragic suicide, old money with its power and influence, and more. 

 
Oliver Wolcott Library Addition, Litchfield, CT  Eliot Noyes, 1965

Oliver Wolcott Library Addition, Litchfield, CT

Eliot Noyes, 1965


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As of May 2019, New England Modernism is officially in production. Here are some recent behind-the-scenes photos of the crew!