Events March 2023

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Mid-century Modern Architecture in New Canaan and the Dawn of Post-Modernism

March 30, 2023

Join the Fairfield Museum and History Center for the first event of a Spring series exploring the architectural and design history of Fairfield County, CT in the 20th century. Learn about the midcentury modern movement directly from architects, scholars, and historic preservation professionals.

Since the 1950s, “The Harvard Five” has been the catchphrase for five architects who built over one hundred houses in New Canaan, CT. Join award-winning local architect William D. Earls to discover the history of the area and how New Canaan came to be the locus of the modern movement’s experimentation in materials, construction methods, space, and form.

William D. Earls, AIA, architect and author of The Harvard Five in New Canaan, works on new construction and renovations of historic buildings in Connecticut, Vermont, and Massachusetts. In 2013, he received an Award of Merit from the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation (now Preservation Connecticut) for the restoration and adaptive reuse of the Gores Pavilion in New Canaan. His work has been featured in many magazines, including Westport and At Home.

Additional lectures in the series:

April 20 – Fairfield County: The Modern Context

May 4 – Re-Imagining Religious Architecture: Fairfield County’s Modern Houses of Worship

Thursday March 30, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Fairfield, CT