Westport Modern: when cool was hot

photographic exhibit of modern architecture in Westport and Weston

January 24 – May 1

The Unitarian Church,a Victor Lundy Design Photo by Michael Glynn

Ever since the 2007 destruction of Paul Rudolph’s Micheels house in Westport, the question in the local preservation community has been “what else is out there?”

We now have the answer. And it may amaze you.

In an effort to locate and document important modern buildings in our area, we dug through newspaper archives, rifled old Architectural Record magazines and, at times, drove randomly down local streets. It may not have been scientific but the results are hard to argue with; our main gallery space is now filled to capacity with fresh, beautiful images of over two dozen buildings by such well known names as: Gregory Ain, Roy Binkley, John Fowler, Allan Gelbin, John Johansen, Kahn and Jacobs, Keck and Keck, Carl Koch, Victor Lundy, Charles Moore, Richard Neutra, Ann Binkley Rand, Antonin and Noemi Raymond, and Mies van der Rohe.

Our “modern safari” also turned up the names of architects we’d never heard of but whose work is remarkable and, in some cases, regionally significant. Over two dozen buildings are on display and each is accompanied by its own brief narrative.

Don’t miss these other Westport Modern features:

  • a 3-d virtual tour of Paul Rudolph’s Micheels House – by Stephen Lasar Architects for the Connecticut Trust. This brand new film recreates one of Rudolph’s most important residential commissions and is interspersed with actual photos taken moments before the building was demolished.
  • a display of modern furniture with examples by Eames, Miller and others – as well as beautiful archival images of works by design great and  former local resident, Edward Wormley.
  • an exclusive film short: 1939: I Have Seen the Future. Local film maker Lisa Seidenberg takes a look back at the iconic 1939 World’s Fair – an event that, for many Americans, was their first glimpse of modernism’s aspirational vision.
  • in our Little Gallery: a close up look at the fascinating life and work of local modernist architect Victor Civkin through historic documents, artwork, bluprints, photos and …a miniature kitchen!

If you thought you had to go to New Canaan for your modern fix come see what we’ve found right here in Westport and Weston. It might change your mind.