Listing of the Day
Location: New Canaan, Connecticut
Price: $7.995 million
Johan and Kristen Eveland didn’t plan to move to New Canaan. But this light-filled, midcentury modern home, built into the side of a hill, brought the couple to the sophisticated community in southwest Connecticut.
After seeing an advertisement for the home in a newspaper, the Evelands’ interest was piqued. “I fell in love with the property,” Mr. Eveland said. The couple purchased the home in 2004.
The house was originally built in 1950 by Eliot Noyes, one of the legendary “Harvard Five” architects, a group of Modernists with ties to the Ivy League university.
David Prutting, the owner of a high-end construction firm, bought the house in 1998. He later commissioned Greenwich-based architect Joeb Moore to restore and rebuild the home, which was in need of repair.
“We couldn’t add on to the footprint, or the lot coverage,” Moore explained, citing the town’s preservation rules, which, at the time, didn’t allow for additions or alterations to midcentury homes.
Using Noyes’ original drawings as a guide, Moore rebuilt the first two floors, and added a third level to house the bedrooms, which hovers 18 inches above the floor below. The entertaining rooms on the lower level open to the outdoors.
“We’re preserving, altering and transforming the original house,” Moore said of his design. “But it’s all within the original rule set.”
The 6,275-square-foot residence, built in 2003, has five bedrooms and 5 ½ bathrooms.
There’s also a guesthouse with a living room, a kitchen, a bedroom, 1 ½ bathrooms and a media room that can be used as a second bedroom.
Additionally, the pool house offers a sitting area, a full bathroom and laundry facilities.
The Evelands commissioned local architect Amanda Martocchio to lead a gut renovation of the guesthouse, which was built in the 1970s. There is now a three-car garage underneath it.
The couple also hired landscape designer Reed Hilderbrand from Cambridge, Mass. to reimagine the grounds.
The pool house, which has not been reconstructed, was built in the 1950s.
“That’s original Eliot Noyes,” Mr. Eveland said.
The property features a swimming pool. The guesthouse and the pool house, connected by the roofline, sit beside it.
For architecture aficionados, another midcentury modern home, designed by the late “Harvard Five” architect Marcel Breuer, is located nearby. Breuer built the house in 1951 and lived there for more than 20 years before selling it.
Architect Toshiko Mori collaborated with the current owner to renovate the home, which now includes a glass-and-steel structure linked to the main residence by a glass corridor.
Agents: Fatou Niang and Inger Stringfellow of William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty