If you live in or visit Stamford, chances are you’ve passed by St. John’s Towers — the corncob-shaped apartment buildings on the corner of Tresser and Washington boulevards in the city’s downtown.
You probably haven’t thought much of the aging concrete columns. But at the time of their completion in 1971, the residences were considered futuristic, cutting edge.
Today, they stand as monuments to a utopic impulse in architecture — a quality often lacking in many of the sleek, soulless structures that dominate Stamford’s modern skyline.
Now, a team of architects, historians and curators are putting the spotlight on St. John’s Towers and a selection of other unique downtown buildings in a new exhibition.
Opening with a public ribbon cutting at the base of St. John’s Towers, 101 Tresser Blvd., on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 4 p.m., ”What’s Up Stamford” features a display of images of downtown architecture “that is unique for its design or important in relation to the history of architecture,” according to a press release.
The buildings included were designed in different eras, highlighting the ever-evolving nature of a city and its architecture. Featured buildings include: Old Town Hall (1905); One Atlantic St. (1929); the First Presbyterian Church (1958); St. John’s Towers (1971); Landmark Square (1974); 400 Atlantic (1980), and 75 Tresser (2013).
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This project presents architecture we look up to, both literally and figuratively. It also is indicative of the rich knowledge base and informed perspectives of local and regional historians and architects in Connecticut – a state that has a rich history of cutting edge architecture, ranging from Philip Johnson’s Glass House in New Canaan to John Johansen’s Labyrinth House in Southport (now demolished) to Paul Rudolph’s Temple Street Parking Garage in New Haven to the Landmark Square building in Stamford by Victor Bisharat.