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The Burke House: Mid-Century Modern Architecture & Furnishings

Furnishings from the Burke House (Lots 423 and 424, estimates vary)

The Mary Griggs Burke Estate includes the furnishings of the Burke house, on Centre Island in Oyster Bay, New York overlooking Long Island Sound. Designed and furnished by Boston architect Ben Thompson, the home was featured in the book: Design Research: The Store That Brought Modern Living To American Homes. In 1956, the magazine Architectural Record reviewed the home for its architecture and elaborate Japanese-style garden.… Read More

Tour the Glass House: An Icon of Mid-Century Modern Design

“I have very expensive wallpaper,” Philip Johnson said of The Glass House, an iconic mid-century modern building he designed in New Canaan, Connecticut. Indeed, the “wallpaper” is the vast, unfolding landscape outside the clear glass walls of the house, featuring a pond, tall pines, and meandering stone walls.

See the MIT Chapel… in Miniature

Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978), Maquette for the MIT Kresge Chapel Altar Screen, c. 1950-1955 (Estimate $70,000-$90,000)

MIT is known world-wide for educating top scientists and engineers, but perhaps slightly less well-known is the caliber of the school’s architecture. Many famous New England colleges, from Harvard and Brown University to Bowdoin and Boston College, boast impressive buildings, with many based on Romanesque and Gothic revival styles of the 19th century.… Read More

Art, Architecture, and Environment: Envisioning the Whole

Visiting Eliot Noyes’ home and the Philip Johnson Glass House last week brought to mind the saying, “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” In each mid-century modern home, seeing the architecture, landscape, and objects all together stimulated my imagination and interested me far more than if I’d been presented each vase and table and painting separately in a museum.