Houlihan Lawrence is proud to support the Pound Ridge Historical Society’s 2017 exhibition, “Modern in Pound Ridge: 20th Century Architecture + Lifestyle” at the Pound Ridge Museum. “This is a real departure for the Society as the show will feature the town’s first comprehensive survey of Modern architecture—a part of our town’s history that has been largely neglected,” says exhibition chair Jennifer Stahlkrantz. “We look forward to showing how Mid-century Modern designs changed the Pound Ridge landscape and influenced the Contemporary designs that followed.”
Forward-looking and optimistic, Mid-century Modernism combined efficiency, functionalism, simplicity, and a harmony with nature to create a new aesthetic. The movement arrived in Pound Ridge—a town with a reputation for embracing the independent-minded—in 1939, and from then until the early 1970s, at least 47 Mid-century Modern houses were built. Many of the people who built or bought them were young couples prominent in the art, advertising, and publishing world. Architects included Edward Larrabee Barnes, Peter Blake and Julian Neski, and David Henken. Modernism eventually gave way to post-Modern and Contemporary styles. The key figure in this transition was master builder Vuko Tashkovich, who built 28 houses in Pound Ridge.
“Modern in Pound Ridge” will open on Sunday, April 23, from 1:30 to 4:30 pm. Thereafter, it will be open from 2 pm to 4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays (except major holidays) until November 19, 2017.
Pound Ridge Museum, 255 Westchester Avenue, Pound Ridge. Call 914-764-4333 for more information.
Photos courtesy of Pound Ridge Historical Society: top designed by Moore & Hutchins; middle designed by Vuko Taskhovich; bottom designed by Milowitz & Kurth.