New Canaan, Connecticut may be one of the very few small towns worth taking a long trip to explore. Located just 50 miles from Manhattan, the town is home to two of my favorite architectural sites on the East Coast: Grace Farms (designed by Japanese firm SANAA), and The Glass House (designed by the late architect Philip Johnson). The latter, constructed in 1949 was indeed made of glass, with a door on each wall — for stunningly exposing 360 views. Philip Johnson lived in the house until he passed away in 2005. Today, the site is a museum and a gallery space. I couldn’t miss an opportunity to visit the House, along with a private viewing of Robert Indiana’s “One Through Zero” outdoor installation.
The Glass House
199 Elm St, New Canaan, CT (Show on map)
Open Monday, Thursday—Saturday 9—6, and Sundat 12—6