A Mid-Century Modern glass house has landed on the market for the first time in 60 years. Designed by Eliot Noyes, one of the Harvard Five architects who settled in New Canaan, CT, the property is available for $2.75 million.
Noyes, who died in 1977, was also known for his commercial designs at IBM—he designed the company’s Selectric typewriter—and became an industrial design curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Noyes left behind a handful of homes in the New Canaan area. While a new owner may want to embark on a restoration to modernize bathrooms and update the ’70s-era kitchen, the glass box on 4.6 grassy acres is a timeless original.
“The walls facing the backyard are almost entirely made of glass and bring the outdoors in in almost every room of the house,” says listing agent Amanda Bryan Briggs of Houlihan Lawrence. “It’s spectacular.”
It’s not a surprise that lighting is a theme in this divine dwelling. The residence was originally built for “Art in America” publisher Lee Ault in the early 1950s.
In 1959 Ault sold it to an artist whose family has inhabited the light-filled home ever since.
“The house appeals to artistic types for sure,” Briggs says.
Eliot Noyes–designed home
Passageway with elongated skylight
Living room with fireplace
Guesthouse and art studio
The home includes custom details designed by Noyes, including an iron door leading to the courtyard. He also returned at the owner’s request to build an art studio, a miniature version of the main house, with glass walls, stone floors, and white brick. The studio includes a kitchen, living area, bath, sleeping quarters, and private patio.
The one-level main house has five bedrooms and five baths. Its 3,692 square feet of interior space includes an entrance hall off the courtyard. A long passageway features an elongated skylight above.
The main living space includes a living room with fireplace, family room, and kitchen. The living spaces look out to the patio and backyard through floor-to-ceiling glass.
The property also comes with a pool, which is set back from the property.
The estate of homeowner Joan Feick is selling the home.
“From what I understand, she walked in and simply had to have it. She loved the light and the design elements,” Briggs says.
We imagine her experience will be repeated by the next steward who walks through the door of this Mid-Century Modern marvel.