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OUCH! Preservation is Difficult: Why Should We Do This? The Case for the Eliot Noyes House

How does one decide whether to take on the chore of preservation? Frederick Noyes, FAIA on his family home, the Eliot Noyes House, in New Canaan, CT.

$18 (1 hr)

Category: Presentation, Talk, Annenberg Theater

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Are you thinking of saving your house for history?

Set in New Canaan, CT, a hotbed of Midcentury Modern houses, the 1954 Eliot Noyes house is a well-known iconic structure, very influential and published innumerable times. Its diagram is provocative with separate, unconnected private and public blocks. Yet even for this revered house preservation is not a slam-dunk.

Preservation is time consuming and expensive and complicated.This talk will look at the factors that make this house special and criteria the family evaluated in deciding to take on the chore.

Frederick Noyes, FAIA, is immersed in his twin passions of architecture, biology, and education. He trained at Harvard: an AB in biology (1966), and a M.Arch from the Graduate School of Design (1972). He was elected to the AIA College of Fellows (2001) and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Education from the Boston Architectural College (BAC) in 2007.

Mr. Noyes was raised in New Canaan, Connecticut, where he was weaned on the influences of the first generation of great modern architects  Marcel Breuer, Philip Johnson, and his father, Eliot Noyes. He has run his own architectural firm for over 40 years designing everything from houses and hospitals.  Mr. Noyes remains close to academia—both as a student (a decade of graduate studies in biology) and teacher (visual studies and Harvard; lecturer in biochemistry at Harvard Extension; biology at Miles and Wheelock Colleges; and architecture at the BAC).


Things to Know
This event is for 
12 and older.
The entrance to the Annenberg Theater is located behind the Annenberg Theater Box Office, adjacent to the Palm Springs Art Museum's North Parking Lot.
Ample free public parking is available in the multi-level public garage across from the Palm Springs Art Museum.

Handicap parking is available.
This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.

Event Check-in Location
Annenberg Theater

Palm Springs Art Museum
101 N Museum Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262
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Photo Credits:  Michael Biondo – Frederick Noyes – Noyes Archives

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