New Canaan Home Inspired by ‘Glass House’ Listed at $2.1 Million


In the post-WWII era in New Canaan, traditional saltbox-style homes were typical family homes – until a certain group of architects landed in the area, transforming the suburban town into a “neighborhood art exhibition”.

The construction of mid-century modern homes around the city was pioneered by “The Harvard Five”, five alumni of Harvard’s School of Design. One member, Phillip Johnson, is best known for “The Glass House” or “Johnson House” in New Canaan. Tourists from all over the world visit the all-glass square house built in 1949.

The house at 44 Benedict Hill Road is one of approximately 100 Mid-Century Modern homes built in New Canaan from the 1940s through the 1960s. Today, New Canaan has 80 Mid-Century Modern homes, 20 of which have been demolished, according to the New England Historical Society.

Known as the “Evans House,” the house at 44 Benedict Hill Road is named after its designer, James “Jim” Evans, an alumnus of the Yale School of Architecture. According to listing agent John Engel, Evans was inspired by “The Glass House“, but wanted to experiment more with curves and steel rather than wood. Due to Evan’s architectural risk-taking, Engel described the house as “the second wave of mid-century modern” for its design.

The house at 44 Benedict Hill Road in New Canaan, Connecticut is designed in a mid-century modern style by architect James Evans, who was inspired by Philip Johnson’s “Glass House”.


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The house at 44 Benedict Hill Road in New Canaan, Connecticut is designed in a mid-century modern style by architect James Evans, who was inspired by the work of Philip Johnson. "Tight."

The house at 44 Benedict Hill Road in New Canaan, Connecticut is designed in a mid-century modern style by architect James Evans, who was inspired by Philip Johnson’s “Glass House”.


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The house at 44 Benedict Hill Road in New Canaan, Connecticut is designed in a mid-century modern style by architect James Evans, who was inspired by the work of Philip Johnson. "Tight."

The house at 44 Benedict Hill Road in New Canaan, Connecticut is designed in a mid-century modern style by architect James Evans, who was inspired by Philip Johnson’s “Glass House”.


Douglas Elliman Realty/Added Photo
The house at 44 Benedict Hill Road in New Canaan, Connecticut is designed in a mid-century modern style by architect James Evans, who was inspired by the work of Philip Johnson. "Tight."

The house at 44 Benedict Hill Road in New Canaan, Connecticut is designed in a mid-century modern style by architect James Evans, who was inspired by Philip Johnson’s “Glass House”.


Douglas Elliman Realty/Added Photo


Inside the house at 44 Benedict Hill Road, inspired by Philip Johnson’s “Glass House”. (Douglas Elliman Realty/Contributed Photos)

Engel compared those interested in mid-century modern architecture to classic car collectors, in which architects pay attention to the name of a home’s designer and its condition. These “architectural collectors,” as Engel dubs it, will find the 1960 New Canaan home in its original condition, Engel noted. With its floor-to-ceiling glass and curved roof, the 1,600 square foot home still has its original asphalt roof and glass windows. The glass exterior, a popular design in mid-century modern homes, shows off the surrounding 4.6 acres of woodland.

The main entrance is a walkway that leads to a wraparound balcony on two sides of the house. The balcony is visible through the floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room and dining room which are connected to the kitchen. There are four bedrooms and three bathrooms, according to the listing.

Engel described the house as “beautiful from all four sides”, noting that due to its unique shape it should be treated like a Picasso painting or a Mid-Century Modern sculpture.

The home at 44 Benedict Hill Road is listed at $2.1 million, which is slightly above the average home price in New Canaan. According to national real estate brokerage firm Redfin, homes in its ZIP code have a median sale price of 06840 on $1.7 million. Homes in the area tend to sell after an average of 21 days, down from 58 days last year, according to Redfin, and as of June 2022 there were a total of 100 New Canaan homes sold. According to the National Real Estate Brokerage Agency,

The home at 44 Benedict Hill Road is listed by Douglas Elliman of Connecticut LLC and presented by John Engel (203.247.4700).

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