DARIEN, Conn. — People who live in glass houses – at least those designed by John Johansen, a member of the renowned Harvard Five architects – won’t want to throw any stones. Neither will anyone seeking to buy the Goodyear House in Darien, for sale for $2.795 million.
The historic home at 5 Settler's Trail was built circa-1955 for one of Johansen’s classmates and is a stunning example of American mid-century modernist architecture.
Johansen was a New Canaan resident, as were the other four members of the Harvard Five, an esteemed group of architects: Philip Johnson, Eliot Noyes, Landis Gores, Marcel Breuer and Johansen – who, in his 90s, is the only living member of the group.
At more than 6,000 square feet, the home is larger than most of its contemporaries, and it displays at its floor-to-ceiling glass heart, classic Palladian – symmetrical – architecture.
“My favorite part of the Goodyear House is the main pavilion with its central atrium,” listing agent Inger Stringfellow said. “There are two smaller pavilions on either side attached by ‘bridges,’ which makes the house literally float.” Also, said Stringfellow, there are floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding glass doors throughout the home.
A series of decks and terraces drift out toward the 2.234-acre property
The unusually spacious interior includes six bedrooms and four full and two half bathrooms, as well as a large playroom on the lower level.