New Canaan’s Treasured Circa-1960 ‘Evans House’ Lists for $2.1M

Home to The Glass House by Philip Johnson and other Harvard Five projects, New Canaan, Connecticut is a hidden gem when it comes to house hunting for midcentury modern homes. James Evans was a prominent mid-century architect, with his work spanning across Fairfield County. Just recently, one of Evans’ most personal creations listed for $2.1 million.

James Evans studied under Louis Kahn at Yale University and then settled in New Canaan, populated by many budding and established architects at the time. Originally built in 1960, Evans’ namesake home was designed for himself and his family, where the US Modernist says they lived until 1979. While employing large rectangular windows in his other work, he took a unique approach at this home. Perhaps the most defining feature of the home, the hyperbolic paraboloid roof allows the main floor to be fully open, while walls of angular windows line the vast space to constantly surround you with trees. A double-sided fireplace is the unique room’s centerpiece. Just imagine sitting by it and taking in the snowy views on a wintry Connecticut day.

The 1,600-square-foot home features the primary bedroom upstairs, enclosed in its own corner suite, as well as three additional bedrooms and three bathrooms on the downstairs level. While it leaves room for 21st-century updating, such as in the bathrooms, this treasured listing is perfect for an architecture lover looking to get their hands dirty.

Comprabable in price and prestige, The McKay House, another one of Evans’ projects, is found just up the driveway and closed last July for $2.3 million. John Engel of Douglas Elliman holds this listing.