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    First Presbyterian Church of Stamford

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    Visit The Fish – Come Experience the Sights and Sounds

    Architect Wallace K. Harrison asked “have you ever thought what it would be like to live inside a giant sapphire?”  With more than 20,000 pieces of glass in 86 hues, the dalle de verre of the First Presbyterian Church in Stamford achieves his goal of creating a building with “soaring space and jeweled light”.  

    The acoustics of the sanctuary drove the form of the building, which resembles a fish, causing this building to be nicknamed The Fish Church.  The superior acoustics will be demonstrated by the Minister of Music who will be on hand for the tours.

    Docent–led tours will introduce the visitors to the unique sanctuary, the magnificent Visser Rowland organ and the 56 bell carillon.

    At 1:00 p.m., a panel of experts moderated by Kyle May, principal at Abrahams May Architects and Editor in Chief of CLOG, will discuss the architectural, structural and religious significance of The Fish Church.  Following the presentations and roundtable discussion there will be time for the audience to ask the panel questions about the church. 

     
    Start Address:
    First Presbyterian Church of Stamford
    1101 Bedford St.
    Stamford, CT 06905
    Date: 10/5/2013
    Time: 10am-4pm with a Panel Discussion at 1pm
    Cost: Free
    Registration: No Registration needed - Docents will be present to conduct tours
       

    The Glass House

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    Site Tour of Philip Johnson's Glass House

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    Experience the iconic Glass House site by walking through Johnson’s 47-acre curated landscape. View the 14 architectural structures and world-class art and design collection, and explore the interiors of Philip Johnson’s Glass House (1949), Painting Gallery (1965), and Sculpture Gallery (1970), and Da Monsta (1995) on a guided 3/4 mile walking tour.
    Site Tour - 2-hour guided tour

     

     
    Start Address:
    The Glass House
    199 Elm Street
    New Canaan, CT 06840
    Date: 10/6/13
    Time: Tours departing at 11:45am, 12:30pm, 1:15pm, 2:00pm, 2:45pm
    Cost: Docomomo members are eligible for a $15 discount off the cost of admission to Glass House site tours on Sunday, October 6, 2013. Tickets are regularly priced at $45 per person.
    Registration: Ticket reservations must be made in advance via www.theglasshouse.org. To secure the discount, enter promotional code “DOCO2013”
       

    The New Haven Preservation Trust

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    The Fate of Urban Renewal Architecture 

     

    Join The New Haven Preservation Trust as we visit Dixwell-area urban-renewal era buildings that have been threatened or altered. Among the sites we will visit:
    Dixwell area urban renewal era buildings altered or threatened. Helene W. Grant school (1964, John M. Johansen, with Caproni Associates); Goffe Street townhouses (1970, Edward E. Cherry); St. Martin de Porres Co-op (1968, Polak & Sullivan); Florence Virtue Homes (1964, John M. Johansen); Mt. Bethel Missionary Baptist Church (1973, King-lui Wu); and the Dixwell Firehouse (1973, Venturi & Rauch).

    Tour led by architectural historian Christopher Wigren, Deputy Director of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation and advisor to The New Haven Preservation Trust.

     

    Start Address:
    Helene Grant School
    185 Goffe Street

    Date: 10/5/13
    Time: 10:00 - 11:00 am .
    Cost: Free
    Registration: Registrations are appreciated, but not required, to 203-562-5919 or info(at)nhpt.org
       

    The New Canaan Historical Society 

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    Modern House Day Tour + Symposium

     

     

    A full day of architectural adventure beginning with a symposium followed by visits to New Canaan modern homes designed by such architects as Ulrich Franzen, Gates and Ford, Hugh Smallen, and John Johansen. Participants will travel on vans accompanied by an architect. In each home an architect will discuss architectural features and present informaton about the architect.

     

     

    Start Address:
    New Canaan Historical Society
    13 Oenoke Ridge
    New Canaan,CT 068400

    Date: 10/5/13
    Time: 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m
    Cost: $275 per person. A continental breakfast and lunch are included in the ticket. Proceeds support the Society’s preservation program.
    Registration: Registrations are a must. See web site nchistory.org for registration details or call 203.966.1776
       

     

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