An evening reception at the Tony Smith designed Olsen Houses


Guilford, CT
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Perched on top of a steep road overlooking Long Island Sound, are two rare houses designed by Tony Smith best known for his abstract sculptures created in the 1960s and 1970s before his move away from architecture. These angular steel-framed homes sit on pilotis on a cliff at the water’s edge. The first home built for Fred Olsen Sr. is composed of a series of interconnected rectangular volumes and ramps, while the more modest home for Fred Olsen Jr. is a u-shaped plan that dramatically opens to the water.


This very special reception includes visits to both houses designed in the 1950s in Guilford, CT. Guests will have an opportunity to learn about the history and restoration of both houses from local historians and their owners.


To accommodate more guests, this visit and reception will be staggered in two waves. The first group visit will be from 6:00-7:30 PM and the second from 7:30-9:00 PM. Transportation to and from Guildford is not provided. Guests will be asked to walk 0.3 miles (each way) between the parking area and the houses. Houses are not accessible and include a modest number of stairs.


6:00 – 7:30 PM

7:30 – 9:00 PM

$500 per person


Tickets are very limited to this special event. Many thanks to the homeowners for their generosity. Details including driving and parking instructions will be shared with registered guests before the event.