Hugh Smallen’s “Tatum House” is a striking exemplar of New Canaan’s iconic Bauhaus-inspired midcentury Modernism, offering clean, minimalist lines and flowing spaces. The home’s interior spaces are designed for comfort and flexible living, while its expansive window walls continuously frame the landscape and seasons.
The home, built in 1962 and expanded by Smallen in 1967, has maintained its architectural integrity while evolving to meet modern needs. The current owners thoroughly modernized the home’s infrastructure, and collaborated with several of Smallen’s contemporaries – John Black Lee, Alan Goldberg, and the landscape architect Peter Rolland – to refine the living spaces and landscape design. Their contributions respected and updated Smallen’s original work in an ongoing collaboration across time. The team’s work has earned the Tatum House editorial plaudits and a listing on the National Register of Historic Places. But more importantly, they’ve created a home that offers an opportunity to experience, day in and day out, the pleasures of living with authentic modern design.