Landis Gores - Notable Works

Notable Works

Among his most praised works is the Gores Pavilion, in New Canaan, Connecticut. Gores was hired to design the building as a pool house and personal escape lodge for prominent lawyer John Irwin and his wife Jane Watson, daughter of the founder of IBM.

Today, the town of New Canaan owns the Irwins' property and has converted it into a public park. The pool has been filled in, and the neglected Pool House was threatened with demolition. In 2007 the Friends of the Gores Pavilion, with the help of the New Canaan Historical Society, convinced the town to lease the pool house to them as a museum for the modern architecture movement in New Canaan and the surrounding areas. A fundraising campaign has been initiated for its renovation as the "Gores Pavilion." Tom Nissley, co-chair of the Friends of the Gores Pavilion, sums up the rescue of the structure by stating, “The pool house represents the moderns in a very nice way…and it’s a public park, so people can come and see it without interrupting someone’s home.”

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