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March 2007


REAL ESTATE

Deeds & Don'ts
By Lily Oliver

INSIDE STORIES BEHIND AREA REAL ESTATE DEALS

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Modern Love: Four Contemporaries Sell in New Canaan
Last issue, we broke news out of Westport of a failed, eleventh-hour attempt to save a Paul Rudolph-designed modern home from demolition.

Score: Wrecking ball, 1; Preservationists, 0.

But recent weeks have brought reports of four important modern houses sold to buyers who profess every intention of keeping the structures intact. Most notably, the Hodgson House in New Canaan—a Philip Johnson-designed home located directly across Ponus Ridge Road from the architect's iconic Glass House (which will open to the public as a museum next month)—closed before the end of last year for $3.75 million. (It was put on the market last spring for $4.25 million.) The beauty of the Hodgson House is its "purity," says listing broker Susan Blabey of William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty in New Canaan. Having been occupied by the Hodgson family for its first 55 years, every detail has remained just as next-door-neighbor Johnson designed it, from the oval swimming pool (with views onto the 47-acre Glass House property) down to the satin-finished nickel door hardware.

In short, "Nobody mucked it up," says Blabey. And nobody will. New Canaan's preservationist community is giddy over news of the Hodgsons' "buyers from heaven"— namely, architect Craig Bassam and former Ferragamo creative director Scott Fellows, who are partners of the Manhattan-based design firm BassamFellows.

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