New Canaan home: Michael Biondo
Famed architect Marcel Breuer, former cochair of the Harvard University
School of Architecture and a member of the Harvard Five, built this house for his family in l951. The one-story structure was reimagined and renovated by another Harvard faculty member, Toshika Mori, former dean of the Graduate School of Architecture. Mori worked in collaboration with the current owners, who asked him to design something new and exciting while honoring Breuer’s concepts. He created a one-and-a half-story addition of mostly glass that is set on a foundation of bluestone, one of Breuer’s favorite materials. Within the original Breuer footprint, a few spaces have been reconfigured. What has been preserved, however, is the large and dramatic living/dining space with walls of glass.
Size: 4,777 sq. ft. | Price: $5,850,000 | Contact: Houlihan Lawrence, 203-977-3566
In Delafield Island, a winding driveway leads uphill to a striking modern home on Tory Hole Road. Architect Arthur Holden, who was a close friend and admirer of Frank Lloyd Wright, combined sophisticated style with thoughtful design in a structure that features some elements inspired by the Guggenheim Museum, such as a spectacular curved staircase and curved walls. The gently curved façade relates to the contours of the natural setting. The house—with new kitchen—was designed to offer views of the lawns and perennial flower beds.
Size: 4,000 sq. ft. | Price: $2,895,000 | Contact: William Pitt Sotheby’s, 203-966-2633
Photographs: New Canaan Home: Michael Biondo