Events  2024




ARCHITREKS: Travels of Architecture Addicts

Join the New Canaan Historical Society for a talk with Peter Swanson and Bob Gregson, modern architecture addicts, advocates and photographers, as they discuss their experiences traveling around the world to well-known modern architecture sites over the last 48 years.



LocalWalking Tour

Skyscraper National Park: Financial District Transformed

After the Second World War, Lower Manhattan reinvented itself. This MAS walk with architectural historian Matt Postal examines the acclaimed individual projects that preceded the Twin Towers, such as the former headquarters of Chase Manhattan and Marine Midland Banks.



LocalVirtual Book Talk

Sidney Robinson on Crossing Boundaries with Frank Lloyd Wright: How Ornament Led to Architecture

Crossing Boundaries with Frank Lloyd Wright: How Ornament Led To Architecture traces how Wright extrapolated the principles that structured his mentor Louis Sullivan’s ornament to the design of a whole building. During this FLW Building Conservancy book talk, author Sidney Robinson will discuss how the graphic pattern Wright used in An Autobiography is a diagram of an architect crossing between building and nature, between asserting and questioning.



LocalWalking Tour

Third Avenue Modern

This MAS tour led by John Arbuckle examines highlights of Modern architecture along Third Avenue from East 52nd Street to 42nd Street. Participants will see Philip Johnson’s Rockefeller Guest House, the home and studio of William Lescaze, numerous office towers by Emery Roth & Sons, and some less known Modern gems.



LocalPanel Discussion

The Paul S. Byard Memorial Lecture: Restoration of the Former US Embassy in Oslo

Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation will host a panel presentation on the restoration of the former US Embassy in Oslo, originally designed by Eero Saarinen in 1959. Analogue Sites, a public art exhibition of large steel sculptures that Jorge Otero-Pailos created using elements from the former Embassy, runs April 1 through October 31 on Park Avenue.



LocalFilm Screening

New England Modernism: Revolutionary Architecture in the 20th Century

The New Canaan Historical Society hosts this screening of a new film by Jake Gorst and Tracey Rennie Gorst that dives deep into the works of Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, Landis Gores, John Johansen, Philip Johnson, and Eliot Noyes and others to tell the story of New England Modernism, one rich with beauty, imagination, creativity, and industriousness.



LocalBook Talk

New Canaan Modernism: A Preservation History with Gwen North Reiss

Gwen North Reiss’s new book New Canaan Modernism: A Preservation History is a fascinating look at New Canaan’s preservation efforts since the early 1990s. Illustrated with vintage and contemporary architectural photography, the book includes both a historical narrative on preservation efforts and a selection of interviews with recent or current owners who took on the complex work of restoration and renovation. Gwen will speak about her project and sign books at this New Canaan Historical Society event.




Building Tour: Lever House

Join AIANY for a tour of Lever House, New York’s first modern landmark. Lever House introduced the International Style to corporate America and became a touchstone for subsequent generations of architects thanks in part to the stewardship of SOM.

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