John Black Lee-Designed Midcentury Modern in New Canaan Seeks $5M
John Black Lee, who is often called the sixth of the Harvard Five architects, designed eight homes in New Canaan, including a glass house in Silvermine for himself, and worked for such architectural giants as Walter Gropius and Eliot Noyes. One of Lee’s dwellings is this dramatic, low-slung house built in 1957 on nearly three acres along Oenoke Ridge.
When the current owners bought it, they undertook a thoughtful renovation with the help of architect Joel Sanders, expanding the home by adding a second structure, while extending the original roofline to connect the old with the new. The addition has a bluestone façade, clerestory windows and glass doors, with a new main bedroom and bath that opens onto a terrace. Additional cool features include an “art lift” in the living room, which lowers the artwork on the wall to reveal the television underneath. There’s also a sculptural Corten steel fence that acts as a veil in the formal gardens.
The property, which has four bedrooms and four bathrooms, is listed for $5 million with Inger Stringfellow and Leslie Razook, both of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty.