Iconic Family House Gets To Preserve Its Unique Design Forever

Many amazing buildings have been created over the past decades but not all of them are still standing or feature their original designs. Many have become unrecognizable as a result of drastic renovations which is what the preservation easement signed by the owners of the Noyes House II promises to prevent. The house was designed by late architect Eliot Noyes for his family in 1954 and is still privately owned by his descendants. The family signed a preservation easement held by The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation which obligates future owners to properly maintain the house and prevents them from making any alterations without previously obtaining permission from the Trust. Furthermore, it stipulates that any alterations made in the future must preserve the significant historic and architectural features of the house.

The house has a flat roof and a very clean and simple geometry View in gallery
The house has a flat roof and a very clean and simple geometry
Natural stone walls allow it to seamlessly blend in with the surrounding landscapeView in gallery
Natural stone walls allow it to seamlessly blend in with the surrounding landscape
The family wing includes a large and comfortable seating are organized around the fireplaceView in gallery
The family wing includes a large and comfortable seating are organized around the fireplace
Even if certain changes are to be made in the future, the preservation easement ensures that the house will retain its intended designView in gallery
Even if certain changes are to be made in the future, the preservation easement ensures that the house will retain its intended design

The house is located in New Canaan, Connecticut on a wooded site. It was built in a period when modern architecture was just starting to take shape in the US which makes it particularly valuable, hence all the measures taken to preserve its original design intent.

The house is to be preserved in its original design intent, like the amazing treasure that it isView in gallery
The house is to be preserved in its original design intent, like the amazing treasure that it is
At the time of its completion the house was both radical and simple, two characteristics which still define it todayView in gallery
At the time of its completion the house was both radical and simple, two characteristics which still define it today

The house is structured into two wings, one which houses the social functions and another which contains the private spaces. The two wings frame an open-air courtyard at the center of the site. they both have walls made of stone, full-height windows and large openings which create a very strong bond between the house and its natural surroundings.

A central,open-sit courtyard is nestled between the two wings, resembling a fresh and intimate oasisView in gallery
A central,open-sit courtyard is nestled between the two wings, resembling a fresh and intimate oasis
The natural stone walls and glass expanses establish a strong connection between architecture and landscapeView in gallery
The natural stone walls and glass expanses establish a strong connection between architecture and landscape
The signed preservation easement ensures that any future renovation will retain the intended design and architecture of the structureView in gallery
The signed preservation easement ensures that any future renovation will retain the intended design and architecture of the structure