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John L. Rayward House (Tirranna) in New Canaan, CT

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418-498 Frogtown Rd, New Canaan CT
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The Rayward-Shepherd House Tirranna, was built in New Canaan, Connecticut in 1955 for Joyce and John Rayward. This house is located right on a pond just off the Noroton River, and it features elaborate land and water-scaping. “Tirranna” is an Australian aboriginal word meaning “running waters” – an apt name for this spectacular residence, whose hemicycle-plan living/dining wing overlooks a pool which steps down to a pond and extensive landscaped gardens, designed by the same landscape architect as the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The Rayward House includes a later (1958) extension by Taliesin Associated Architects, featuring an observatory above the master bedroom dressing room, as well as a playhouse for the Raywards’ daughters, Victoria and Jennifer (1957), also designed by TAA, which echoes the hemicycle form of the main house.
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