As you drive down Rt. 100 through the Mad River Valley there is a steep dirt road aptly named Bundy Rd. The road climbs higher and deeper into the tunnel of trees and you would never expect the building on the other end. The Bundy Modern, named after the original owners surname emerges out of the landscape with floor to ceiling glass walls, massive exposed wooden beams, and Vermont slate floors. This privately owned home and art gallery sits on top of a hill with sprawling views of the Mad River Valley and Sugarbush Mountain.
The Bundy Modern was originally built in 1962 by the late modernist sculptor and architect, Harlow Carpenter. An heir of the Bundy Time Record Company, which later became IBM, Harlow was also the co-founder and vice president of Sugarbush Ski Resort and Golf Club in Warren, VT. He received his Masters of Architecture degree from Harvard University in 1956 and was influenced by Swiss-French modernist architect Le Corbusier as well as the Bauhaus movement. In 1962 he opened the Bundy Modern as an art gallery to showcase not only his contemporary art collection, but also younger local artists. The gallery hosted the Vermont Symphony's summer concert series as well as an experimental K-6 school.
This building has seen many transformations since being built over 50 years ago. The current owners are working hard to make it a premiere art exhibition space, as well as their home. Staying true to the design, they added minimal amounts of walls to the current space to accommodate their family and a handful of Ducati motorcycles. The grounds are littered with sculptures as the gallery space is filled with art being flooded by natural light coming from its 20' high floor to ceiling windows.
If you want to learn more about the Bundy Modern, please visit www.bundymodern.com to learn more about the history, upcoming art exhibitions and gallery hours.