New Canaan’s October4design celebration is off to a great start and is receiving rave reviews.
The events of the coming week feature a lecture by an Australian architect who was in the community in 2018 to take part in the Modern House Day Tour; the only musical performance of the month; and what promises to be an interesting night of programs and discussion regarding three of the town’s most architecturally-interesting homes.
Organized by the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society, October4design was created to recognize the community’s rich architectural history and its appreciation for art and design. Events continue through October 29th.
Week 2 of October4design features these events:
Tuesday, October 12th
Sean Godsell “On Shade” Zoom Lecture:
Join the Australian architect for a presentation about the importance of shade in architectural design as a way to improve building performance in hot climates and how shade makes people calmer and evokes silence
Godsell was part of the 2018 Modern House Day Tour in New Canaan and his writings on design and architecture have appeared in many industry journals and periodicals.
The event is free and the one-hour program will begin on Zoom at 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 16th
Organ Concert at New Canaan Congregational Church:
The only musical event during the month-long celebration will feature five local organists.
Performing will be Dr. Alla Borzova of St. Michael’s Lutheran Church; Edward “Ned” Tipton from St. Mark’s Episcopal Church; Victoria Shields from the First Presbyterian Church; Dr. John Michniewicz from St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church; and Dr. Jo Deen Blaine Davis from The Congregational Church.
The concert is free and will begin at the Congregational Church at 4 p.m. The 90-minute performance is open to the public but seating is limited so plan accordingly.
Sunday, October 17th
Modern New Canaan: Evolution of Design + 3 Modern Houses:
This event will feature two programs produced by the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society’s Modern New Canaan initiative:
The first program will be a 25-minute presentation on why New Canaan became the destination for mid-century modern architects and what makes their work distinctive.
The second program will be a film by Devon Chivvis that explores three iconic houses in the community — the Celanese House designed by Edward Durrell Stone, the Chivvis House designed by Eliot Noyes with an addition by Alan Goldberg, and the Boissonnas House (pictured above) designed by Philip Johnson.
After the two programs, there will be a round-table discussion with the homeowners, architects, and the filmmaker. The two-hour event is free and begins at 4 p.m.
A schedule of events for the week on October 18th through the 24th will be posted soon. Check out the entire calendar of events for October4design here.