DeSilver House by John Black Lee + Harrison DeSilver | 1961

New Canaan, Connecticut
Architect
  • John Black Lee + Harrison DeSilver
Builder
  • Ernest R. Rau
Photographer
Location
  • New Canaan, Connecticut
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Type
  • Midcentury
  • Year
  • 1961
  • Square Feet
  • 2048
  • Lot Size
  • 2.97
  • Bedrooms
  • 4
  • Full Baths
  • 2
  • Partial Baths
  • 1
  • New Canaan contains one of the most significant - and arguably the world - collections of modernist residential architecture in America. DeSilver House is no exception.

    "New Canaan, to its considerable surprise, has become an architect's battleground, and everyone talks houses."

    - Holiday Magazine, August 1952

    John Black Lee + Harrison DeSilver designed the house to demonstrate that good design and construction could be built without compromise and that it could be done within a modest budget. They achieved both objectives by developing a six foot by six foot modular system. The exterior panels were prefabricated and consisted of a solid six foot wall panel and a six foot glass wall panel.

    Passive shelter is provided to the ground level patios by the deep overhang on all four sides of the house. The roof of the house extends well beyond the footprint of the house and provides summer relief to the second- floor balconies and the floor-to-ceiling windows. The outer edge of the roof is supported on thin piers that anchor DeSilver House to the bucolic landscape.

    Original Project Team

    Architects: John Black Lee A.I.A + Harrison DeSilver A.I.A

    System House Inc 1963

    35 Grove Street, New Canaan, Connecticut

    Builder: Ernest R. Rau

    Year: Designed and Built 1960-1961

    Awards: Awarded the 'Homes for Better Living' Award 1964.

    Sponsored by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in corporation with HOUSE & HOME and the American Home.

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    Main Drive to DeSilver House

    Modern home with Living Room, Coffee Tables, Floor Lighting, Standard Layout Fireplace, Sofa, and Wood Burning Fireplace. Main Living Space houses our collection of Mid-Century Modern Furniture Photo 3 of DeSilver House by John Black Lee + Harrison DeSilver | 1961

    Main Living Space houses our collection of Mid-Century Modern Furniture

    DeSilver House is a bi-level plan. The staircase was made by Unistruct Product Co in Chicago. Photo 4 of DeSilver House by John Black Lee + Harrison DeSilver | 1961 modern home

    DeSilver House is a bi-level plan. The staircase was made by Unistruct Product Co in Chicago.

    Bedroom  Photo 5 of DeSilver House by John Black Lee + Harrison DeSilver | 1961 modern home

    Bedroom

    The DeSilver House study Photo 6 of DeSilver House by John Black Lee + Harrison DeSilver | 1961 modern home

    The DeSilver House study