This exhibit tells the story of the architects and artists who came to Norwich in the decades following World War II, building in the latest modern styles and materials and in the process changing the landscape of Norwich.


Walter Curt Behrendt (1884 – 1945) first worked in Germany shaping public housing policy and later moved to Norwich, VT, and became a visiting lecturer at Dartmouth.

Edgar Hayes Hunter (1914-1995) and Margaret King Hunter (1919-1997) were the leading proponents of the purer Mid-Century Modern style locally, teaching at Dartmouth and practicing in Hanover for 20 years. Both were students of Walter Gropius at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Allan J. Gelbin (1929-1994) was a well-known architect who spread the concepts of Frank Lloyd Wright and his own interpretations in the northeast.


This exhibit is in conjunction with the Norwich Historic Preservation District’s nomination of the Hopson Road neighborhood as a National Register District. Initial research for the exhibit was conducted by Lyssa Papazian.

Mid-Century Modern Events:

Exhibit opening
Friday, June 16, 5—7 p.m.
With a talk by Devin Colman, VT State Architectural Historian

First Wednesday Talk
Join us in October for a First Wednesday Talk focused on Frank Lloyd Wright; A reception at Norwich Historical Society will precede the talk.