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New Canaan -- Celanese House

Landscape architect:
Fanning, James  Search this
Architect:
Stone, Edward Durell  Search this
Contractor:
Hobbs, Theodore de Freyne  Search this
Former owner:
Willcox, Frederick, d. 1996  Search this
Willcox, Velma, d. 2005  Search this
Corporate sponsor:
Celanese Corporation of America  Search this
Collection Creator:
Adams, Molly, 1918-2003  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Celanese House (New Canaan, Connecticut)
United States of America -- Connecticut -- Fairfield County -- New Canaan
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets, copies of articles about the property, and additional information about the house and garden.
General:
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).
Related Materials:
Celanese House related holdings consist of 1 folder (3 photographic prints; 17 safety film negatives)
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens.
Topic:
Gardens -- Connecticut -- New Canaan  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Maida Babson Adams American garden collection.
Identifier:
AAG.ADM, File CT308
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Maida Babson Adams American garden collection
Maida Babson Adams American garden collection / Garden Images by Subject / 1.2: Delaware
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-adm-ref578

Doodle Dot

Manufacturer:
Celanese Corporation of America  Search this
Medium:
Medium: rayon Technique: printed on knit jersey
Dimensions:
H x W: 30.3 x 35.5 cm (11 15/16 in. x 14 in.)
Type:
printed, dyed & painted textiles
Manufacturer's sample
Object Name:
Manufacturer's sample
Made in:
USA
Date:
1948
Accession Number:
1948-72-25
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Textiles Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq404c1349e-27fe-4890-bbdb-773e42c97495
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1948-72-25
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Rues de Paris

Manufacturer:
Celanese Corporation of America  Search this
Medium:
Medium: rayon Technique: printed on knit jersey
Dimensions:
H x W: 30.3 x 35.5 cm (11 15/16 in. x 14 in.)
Type:
printed, dyed & painted textiles
Manufacturer's sample
Object Name:
Manufacturer's sample
Made in:
USA
Date:
1948
Accession Number:
1948-72-26
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Textiles Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq43a7a7249-00c2-43d9-b9b1-bad6041ce5d2
EDAN-URL:
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Finial

Manufacturer:
Celanese Corporation of America  Search this
Medium:
Medium: rayon Technique: printed on plain weave
Dimensions:
H x W: 30.3 x 35.5 cm (11 15/16 in. x 14 in.)
Type:
printed, dyed & painted textiles
Manufacturer's sample
Object Name:
Manufacturer's sample
Made in:
USA
Date:
1948
Accession Number:
1948-72-27
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Textiles Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq48e8fc5cf-c9cf-4cba-8073-80c59accbbe7
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1948-72-27
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Shadow Leaf

Manufacturer:
Celanese Corporation of America  Search this
Medium:
Medium: rayon Technique: printed on knit jersey
Dimensions:
H x W: 30.3 x 35.5 cm (11 15/16 in. x 14 in.)
Type:
printed, dyed & painted textiles
Manufacturer's sample
Object Name:
Manufacturer's sample
Made in:
USA
Date:
1948
Accession Number:
1948-72-28
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Textiles Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq45d4b83e5-5d6a-4d82-a9d7-7191a4c31494
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1948-72-28
Online Media:

Leaves

Manufacturer:
Celanese Corporation of America  Search this
Medium:
Medium: rayon Technique: printed on plain weave
Dimensions:
H x W: 30.3 x 35.5 cm (11 15/16 in. x 14 in.)
Type:
printed, dyed & painted textiles
Manufacturer's sample
Object Name:
Manufacturer's sample
Manufactured in:
USA
Date:
1948
Accession Number:
1948-72-29
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Textiles Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4fce2f7fd-bbcd-4cce-9115-53dc1c72fbfb
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1948-72-29
Online Media:

Manufacturer's sample

Manufacturer:
Celanese Corporation of America  Search this
Medium:
Medium: rayon Technique: printed on plain weave
Dimensions:
H x W: 30.3 x 35.5 cm (11 15/16 in. x 14 in.)
Type:
printed, dyed & painted textiles
Manufacturer's sample
Made in:
USA
Date:
1948
Accession Number:
1948-72-30
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Textiles Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4e56f0f40-9aae-4400-956c-2272097db68c
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1948-72-30
Online Media:

Four Seasons

Manufacturer:
Celanese Corporation of America  Search this
Medium:
Medium: rayon Technique: printed on plain weave
Dimensions:
H x W: 30.3 x 35.5 cm (11 15/16 in. x 14 in.)
Type:
printed, dyed & painted textiles
Manufacturer's sample
Object Name:
Manufacturer's sample
Made in:
USA
Date:
1948
Accession Number:
1948-72-31
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Textiles Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq45f39c177-ef3f-4680-94af-cc54ed7574b8
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1948-72-31
Online Media:

Gay Birds

Manufacturer:
Celanese Corporation of America  Search this
Medium:
Medium: rayon Technique: printed on plain weave
Dimensions:
H x W: 30.3 x 35.5 cm (11 15/16 in. x 14 in.)
Type:
printed, dyed & painted textiles
Manufacturer's sample
Object Name:
Manufacturer's sample
Made in:
USA
Date:
1948
Accession Number:
1948-72-32
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Textiles Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4e94a2320-d3e8-4ea4-8664-3b1d9b3e0b43
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1948-72-32
Online Media:

Tulip Time in Holland

Manufacturer:
Celanese Corporation of America  Search this
Medium:
Medium: rayon Technique: printed on plain weave
Dimensions:
H x W: 30.3 x 35.5 cm (11 15/16 in. x 14 in.)
Type:
printed, dyed & painted textiles
Manufacturer's sample
Object Name:
Manufacturer's sample
Made in:
USA
Date:
1948
Accession Number:
1948-72-33
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Textiles Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4e75048c5-8f83-4092-a061-6cad837af6a2
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1948-72-33
Online Media:

Poodles

Manufacturer:
Celanese Corporation of America  Search this
Medium:
Medium: rayon Technique: printed on plain weave
Dimensions:
H x W: 30.3 x 35.5 cm (11 15/16 in. x 14 in.)
Type:
printed, dyed & painted textiles
Manufacturer's sample
Object Name:
Manufacturer's sample
Made in:
USA
Date:
1948
Accession Number:
1948-72-34
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Textiles Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4a9b87d86-2788-4f76-a333-f572b288224d
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1948-72-34
Online Media:

Digits

Manufacturer:
Celanese Corporation of America  Search this
Medium:
Medium: rayon Technique: printed on plain weave
Dimensions:
H x W: 30.3 x 35.5 cm (11 15/16 in. x 14 in.)
Type:
printed, dyed & painted textiles
Manufacturer's sample
Object Name:
Manufacturer's sample
Made in:
USA
Date:
1940–49
Accession Number:
1948-72-36
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Textiles Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq41a0d96a4-1dff-469b-b4b4-e7c19ee61862
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1948-72-36
Online Media:

Fountain Pen

Maker:
L.E. Waterman Company  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 13 cm x 1.3 cm; 5 1/8 in x 1/2 in
overall: 5 in x 1/2 in; 12.7 cm x 1.27 cm
Object Name:
Fountain Pen
Associated Place:
United States: New Jersey
Credit Line:
Gift of Celanese Plastics Company
ID Number:
CH.334330.129
Accession number:
310799
Catalog number:
334330.129
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Medicine and Science: Chemistry
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a0-e55e-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_2816
Online Media:

Blind Flying Equipment Turns Day Into Night

Maker:
Celanese Corporation  Search this
Polaroid Corporation  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 10.2 cm x 7.6 cm; 4 in x 3 in
overall: 1 1/2 in x 4 3/16 in x 3 1/8 in; 3.81 cm x 10.63625 cm x 7.9375 cm
Object Name:
booklet
Blind Flying Equipment Turns Day Into Night
Associated Place:
United States: New Jersey
Credit Line:
Gift of Celanese Plastics Company
ID Number:
CH.334333
Accession number:
310799
Catalog number:
334333
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Medicine and Science: Chemistry
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a0-e579-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_2831
Online Media:

Samples of Lumarith Plastic

Maker:
Celanese Corporation  Search this
Measurements:
open: 16 cm; x 6 5/16 in
closed: 8.6 cm x 9.6 cm; 3 3/8 in x 3 3/4 in
overall: 3/4 in x 3 3/4 in x 3 7/8 in; 1.905 cm x 9.525 cm x 9.8425 cm
Object Name:
Samples of Lumarith Plastic
Associated Place:
United States: New Jersey
Related event:
New York World's Fair (1939)  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Celanese Plastics Company
ID Number:
CH.334334
Accession number:
310799
Catalog number:
334334
See more items in:
Medicine and Science: Chemistry
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a0-e57a-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_2832
Online Media:

Celanese Cigar Lighter Case

Measurements:
overall: 1 11/16 in x 1 3/4 in x 11/16 in; 4.28625 cm x 4.445 cm x 1.74625 cm
Object Name:
Cigar Lighter Case
Associated Place:
United States: New Jersey
Credit Line:
Celanese Corporation of America
ID Number:
AG.A.3697
Catalog number:
A.3697
Accession number:
104249
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Medicine and Science: Chemistry
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-f6b3-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_876958
Online Media:

fabric length

Maker:
Celanese Corporation of America  Search this
Physical Description:
acetate fiber (overall material)
yellow (overall color)
sharkskin (overall style)
weaving (overall production method/technique)
Measurements:
average spatial: 42 in x 144 in; x 106.68 cm x 365.76 cm
Object Name:
Fabric Length
Place made:
United States: New York, New York City
Date made:
1953
ID Number:
TE.T11086.000
Accession number:
199175
Catalog number:
T11086.000
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-0823-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1170943

fabric

Maker:
Celanese Corporation of America  Search this
Physical Description:
celanese rayon (overall material)
fraise (overall color)
taffeta "celanova" (overall style)
plain weave (overall production method/technique)
synthetic (overall material)
Measurements:
average spatial: 39 in x 36 1/2 in; x 99.06 cm x 92.71 cm
Object Name:
Fabric
Place made:
United States: New York, New York City
ID Number:
TE.T08138.000
Accession number:
147357
Catalog number:
T08138.000
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-1344-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1166899

fabric

Maker:
Celanese Corporation of America  Search this
Physical Description:
celanese rayon (overall material)
white ground (overall color)
rose (overall color)
green (overall color)
blue (overall color)
yellow (overall color)
orange (overall color)
taffeta "clairanese" (overall style)
plain weave (overall production method/technique)
synthetic (overall material)
Measurements:
average spatial: 40 in x 37 in; x 101.6 cm x 93.98 cm
Object Name:
Fabric
Place made:
United States: New York, New York City
ID Number:
TE.T08139.000
Accession number:
147357
Catalog number:
T08139.000
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-0769-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1166900

fabric

Maker:
Celanese Corporation of America  Search this
Physical Description:
celanese rayon (overall material)
silk (overall material)
yellow (overall color)
gray (overall color)
rose (overall color)
white (overall color)
crepe (overall style)
woven (overall production method/technique)
synthetic (overall material)
Measurements:
average spatial: 41 in x 36 1/2 in; x 104.14 cm x 92.71 cm
Object Name:
Fabric
Place made:
United States: New York, New York City
ID Number:
TE.T08140.000
Accession number:
147357
Catalog number:
T08140.000
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-03b9-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1166901

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