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Stage Center or Mummers Theater (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) 

ADDRESS: 400 W Sheridan Ave, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, OK 73102


Stage Center, originally known as Mummers Theater, was designed by John Johansen, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright and a member of the legendary “Harvard Five” (which also included Marcel Breuer, Landis Gores, Philip Johnson and Eliot Noyes). He was hired not by the Mummers Theater, which was to be the tenant of the Oklahoma City venue, but by the Ford Foundation, which agreed to provide a $2 million grant for a modern downtown home for what was then a 22-year-old theater company. 

The theater opened in 1970 to international acclaim for the design, but inadequate funding for operations and a less than enthusiastic response by locals led to the demise of Mummers just a year after the theater opened. The building has had a series of tenants since, was closed in the late 1990s, and closed again for good after it was flooded in 2010.

**Since its final abandonment, this building has sadly been demolished.** 

the.archers.incNoyes House II (1954) Eliot Noyes, New Canaan, Connecticut. The first of the ‘Harvard Five’ architects to locate in New Canaan, Noyes had built a house there in 1947, but with four children the family needed something larger. Comprised of two equal glass-walled volumes flanking a central open court, with matching fieldstone walls bookending the entire structure, the house was built just as submitted. It survives virtually unchanged and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places #eliotnoyes #noyeshouse #noyeshouse2 #1954 #newcanaan #connecticut #harvardgraduateschoolofdesign #harvardfive #americandesign #architecture #interiordesign #interiors #modernism #inspiration