Mad for Mid-Century Modern

What does the Brady Bunch and some Hanover Homes have in common? Mid-Century Modern Architecture. Once you enjoy this tour, you'll be able to pick them out of a line-up of homes in and around Hanover and Norwich...and fictional settings, like cartoons and shows, too. Read on . . .

Mid-Century Modern Blum House

Tour Guide Roy Banwell will lead you on an engaging and historical tour of Hanover's Mid-Century Modern Homes around the Hemlock, Ledge, Rip and East Wheelock roads.

Saturday, August 18, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon
Hanover, NH
Meet at Ray Elementary School
Cost: $20 per person*
add $5 for Hanover Historical Society membership
(special offer for this tour)

*$20 as a contribution to the new history scholarship at Hanover High School for a deserving senior. For an extra $5, membership in the Hanover Historical Society

Your Tour Guide

Roy Banwell, a Yale graduate and graduate of the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, moved to Hanover in 1957 to work for E.H. Hunter and M.K. Hunter, spending nine years with them before opening up his own firm, Banwell Associates. He will lead the tour around Hemlock, Ledge, Rip, and East Wheelock roads.

2 Indoor House Tours: The Wagner and Nash Houses

The tour includes an internal perspective of the Wagner house —featured in the Architectural Record of 1960, and the Nash House, renovated by Carol Kawiaka. The owners of both homes have graciously offered to show the inside of their houses as part of the tour and answer questions.

Tea & Cookies at the Daniel Webster Cottage

The tour will end at the Daniel Webster cottage with tea and cookies with board members and tours of the house. Visitors will be able to see artifacts related to Daniel Webster and his career as well as other local artifacts—even Shaker furniture! The house dates to a time before Webster who lived there as a student in 1801. It was built in 1780 for the family of Reverend Sylvanus Ripley. Ripley’s wife, Abigail, was the daughter of Reverend Eleazar Wheelock who gave the land to the family. It is now owned by Dartmouth College.

Historical Background

When the Hunters bravely decided to design homes for middle class families in Norwich, Vt. and Hanover, NH in the 1950s, they were revolutionaries in their chosen profession after being trained by Bauhaus professors at the Harvard School of Design. Their most famous professor was Walter Gropius.

Peg King had been among the first women allowed to study there in 1942, after graduating from Wheaton College in Massachusetts. Ted Hunter was a competitive Alpine skier in the 1930s. He earned degrees from Dartmouth in 1941 and 1950 and also gained a BA and Masters of Architecture at Harvard in 1941 and 1970. Peg King met Ted Hunter at Harvard, they married, and moved to Hanover, NH.

For ten years, from 1956 to 1966, the Hunters taught at Dartmouth and maintained an architectural firm in Hanover, where they built homes for fellow professors, won a number of national design competitions, and had their work featured in Progressive Architecture Magazine and The Architectural Record.

Homes of this era were designed with women in mind. Earlier house designs usually included rooms for servants and kitchens for staff. Now that women were working, the open floor plan that combined cooking with child care gained favor. Peg Hunter embraced that concept and was even featured in the 1958 Time/Life Picture Cookbook as being "one of the few successful women architects" in an article titled, The American Woman: Her Achievements and Troubles.