THE HARVARD FIVE IN NEW CANAAN: MID-CENTURY MODERN HOUSES BY MARCEL BREUER, LANDIS GORES, JOHN JOHANSEN, PHILIP JOHNSON AND ELIOT NOYES by William D. Earls
W. W. Norton & Company, 2006, First edition, 176 pp., 10 1/2" X 10 1/2", Hardcover
Since the fifties, "the Harvard Five" has been the catchphrase for the five architects featured in this book, who all built houses for themselves and for clients in New Canaan, Connecticut. Other architects, well known (Frank Lloyd Wright, for example) and not so well known, also contributed significant modern houses that elicited strong reactions from nearly everyone who saw them and are still astonishing today. An introductory essay by Jean Ely, "New Canaan Modern" (reprinted by permission of the New Canaan Historical Society), recounts 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. The book is done as a "house tour" in chronological order, with photographs and floor plans.