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Celanese House, ca. 1960-1994

Landscape architect:
James Fanning
Architect:
Stone, Edward Durell
Contractor:
Hobbs, Theodore de Freyne
Former owner:
Willcox, Frederick d. 1996
Willcox, Velma d. 2005
Corporate sponsor:
Celanese Corporation of America
Physical description:
1 folder+ 3 photographic prints; 17 safety film negatives
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Connecticut, Fairfield County, New Canaan
Connecticut
New Canaan
Celanese House (New Canaan, Connecticut)
Date:
1960
1960-1994
ca 1960-1994
Notes:
Celanese House was designed in 1958-59 by Edward Durell Stone as a commission from the Celanese Corporation of America. New Canaan contractor Theodore (Ted) de Freyne Hobbs had acquired the property in 1957 as a development venture and he bore all of the construction costs except for the architect's fee. Celanese furnished the materials free or at cost for publicity rights and national press coverage resulted following the home's completion (the property was sold to Frederick and Velma Willcox in 1960). The landscape architect for the project was James Fanning. Interior spaces opened to terraces screened by latticework to provide privacy. Surrounded by trees, a lawn at the rear of the property featured curving flagstone and fieldstone stairs and fieldstone walls. The terraces provided ample outdoor living space and featured hanging plants as well as more formally placed shrubs and other design features.
Persons and firms associated with the site include James Fanning (landscape architect,1959); Edward Durell Stone (architect, 1958-1959); Theodore de Freyne Hobbs (contractor, 1958-1959); Frederick and Velma Willcox (former owners, 1960-2005); and Celanese Corporation of America (corporate sponsor, 1958-1959).
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets, copies of articles about the property, and additional information about the house and garden.
Publications:
Garden has been featured in "The House With the Built-in Sky," House & Garden, October 1959, pp. 140-153
Garden has been featured in Cynthia Kellogg, "House of High Lights," The New York Times Magazine, September 13, 1959, pp. 122-123
Garden has been featured in Harriet Morrison, "Built to Express America," Today's Living, September 13, 1959, pp. 6-7
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
CT308000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

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