The Glass House, New Canaan
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I grew up in New Canaan, leaving in the early 1970’s, but had never seen the glass house in person as it was rarely open to the public. Finally got in and it was spectacular along with the grounds. Ly... read more »
The Glass House is really a collection of varied architectural structures separated from one another by Johnson's curated walks through nature. Starting right at the gate/entrance, he meticulously orc... read more »
This is a stunning site, enhanced by the temporary Kusama installation. It's also extremely expensive. Here are some tips: 1. Read the website carefully to choose the best tour option for your interes... read more »
Fantastic tour of the buildings and grounds of the Glass House. Recommended to anyone interested in modern art and architecture, especially New Canaanites that have "driven by 100 times but never went in".
The Glass House is an icon of modern architecture. A pilgrimage many architects will do at least once. Interestingly enough though I was the only one on that day’s tour. Certainly the $30 1-hr tour might be more than enough for the general public but it probably isn't enough to absorb it all it and a shame to miss the other buildings. Those who are interested gets bumped to 2 hr $45 and 2.5 hr $100 if you wanted a more extensive tour of the grounds. Therefore I recommend at least the 2 hr tour. You are driven to the site from the Visitor Center which is right next to the train station so making the trip from NYC is quite easy. Everyone one is friendly and helpful. Our docent was really knowledgeable and had lots of information, historical facts to talk as she led us around. I did the 2.5 hr tour which gave some time to enjoy the buildings and photograph it but you are not allow to wander much from the prescribed path. While I understand the need for preservation of the grounds the ability to see the structures as they are indented within in the landscape can frustrating but at the same time I’m sure the snobby rich neighbor don’t want people wandering around. You never get to see the lake. The Glass house is only one of the many buildings within the land and while it might be the most important, the rest of the buildings play in the architectural evolution of Philip Johnson.
This is not only a tour of the Glass House but of the grounds which include work and art studios. The visitors' center is across the street from the train station and the guide will transport you to the site as part of the price of admission. The guide had many stories of the history of the house and residents. Their obvious pleasure in their vocation was well communicated.
Ortelius AbrahamBuild a symmetrical rectangular one-story Philip Johnson, glass-framed, brick house in 1949, 1962 reproduces the Lake below the Lake Pavilion, home of the ancient temple of 1965, underground art gallery 1970 sculpture Gallery 1980 archive libraryshow original
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