Iconic Houses Conference: Modernism on the East Coast – Philip Johnson and the Harvard Five

Modernism on the East Coast – Philip Johnson and the Harvard Five

Our 2018 Iconic Houses Conference and House Tours will explore the East Coast of the USA, retracing the root taken by Modernism when it arrived from Europe. In particular, the New Canaan area has an impressive number of high-quality Modernist homes, because the architects who taught at Harvard built houses for themselves and their friends here. New Canaan is naturally mainly associated with the Glass House. And many of the other masterpieces are the work of Philip Johnson and the Harvard Five. In the 1940s, a group of five architects from Harvard, inspired by the ideas of Bauhaus that Walter Gropius brought with him from Europe, settled in New Canaan, CT, where they stirred up an experimental modernist movement in the sleepy New England town. These unique homes will be the focus of the conference house tours.
Experts will offer an insight about the role of architect Philip Johnson and the Harvard Five in Architectural History of the 20th century. And there are visits to the private masterpieces in and around New Canaan during the afternoon hours of the two lecture days.

Iconic Houses in Latin America
Iconic Houses in Latin America aims to promote engagement, cooperation and strengthen ties between North America, Europe and Latin America and bring on the radar the house museums that are doing well and those houses that are threatened with demolition or closure. Representatives of house museums of several Latin American countries will give examples of their struggle to survive or share with us their successful survival strategies.

Add-on Events
In Pre- and Post-Conference House Tours Modernism will be explored in a wider area around New Canaan. The Pre-Conference tours bring us to the house that Marcel Breuer originally designed for an exhibition in the MoMA garden and that is replaced to Kykuit in Tarrytown, a Usonian Home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in Pleasantville, and also takes in Russel Wright's home Manitoga in Garrison.There’s also a Post-Conference Tour of the modest Modernist holiday homes on Cape Cod which also takes in Cambridge and ends with the Gropius House in Boston. This Post-Conference Tour is organized in cooperation with the Cape Cod Modern House Trust for Iconic Houses Members and recurring Friends of Iconic Houses.

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Cite: "Iconic Houses Conference: Modernism on the East Coast – Philip Johnson and the Harvard Five" 22 Mar 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/891164/iconic-houses-conference-modernism-on-the-east-coast-nil-philip-johnson-and-the-harvard-five> ISSN 0719-8884

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