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The Glass House, New Canaan

#12 of 89 in Sightseeing in Connecticut
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  • Finally made the trip and so glad we did. The property and facilities are just stunning. We did a self guided tour and really enjoyed it. The docents are all very knowledgeable and there was someone a...  more »
  • We had a fantastic tour guide who navigated around 2 cranky children! (Not really a kids tour). She tailored the tour to our needs and made it interesting for everyone. This is an architectural wonder...  more »
  • We chose the extended tour and saw the house plus half a dozen other buildings. The guide was extremely knowledgeable, gracious and always kept an eye out for anyone who seemed to need water, a place ...  more »
  • An incredible experience for any modern arts and architecture fanatics out there! I took an incredible 2.5 hour tour of the property with a fantastic guide leading a small group of us throughout the property. I would definitely go back and do a self guided walking tour the next time as you only see so much depending on the tour you've signed up for. Highly recommended if you are in the NYC area or Connecticut for a fantastic afternoon out!
  • Make reservations to the Glass House and its other buildings at least one month in advance to reserve a place on the tour of this famous architect's home in New Canaan and a ride on the bus that leaves from the Glass House Visitor Center on Elm Street to visit Philip Johnson's estate on the west side of town. You'll spend most of the day touring the architect's home while stopping to enjoy the magnificent works of art in the painting and sculpture galleries, works of art by themselves. Make a donation to the Glass House celebrating its tenth anniversary as a public museum. Call to take a private tour of the uniquely beautiful architecture of the Visitors Center downtown.
  • I've been waiting for this tour for a year. Finally, I visited Philip Johnson's Glass House which is inspired by Mies van set Rohe's Farnsworth House. When you see it in person, Glass House is in a weird scale and less permeability such as the very narrow bathroom's door, low ceiling, and no ceiling lights. I've seen his concept is delivered by composition of materials and perfect geographic location. However, the entire site is composed by different copies that from ancient Egypt or Greece or other masterpieces. It is a good place for visiting to get know the modernism movement in America. #philipjohnson #newcannan #connecticut #glasshouse
  • Legacy of MoMA curator and architect Philip Johnson. Fantastical architectural landscape park with multiple architectural structures among them the Glass House, the brick house and several gallery spaces. We took the Glass House and Galleries tour which was great, but would recommend even more extensive tours.
  • An amazing way to see mid-century experimental architecture. From here you can see how it evolved and where it is now.

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