A Night at Philip Johnson’s Glass House

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.

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We arrived at the Glass House visitor center located in the heart of New Canaan. A quick shuttle ride would bring us to the house itself, tucked in the woods
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Outdoor lights
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Adjacent to the house is an outdoor pool
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The installation made of 6-foot-high steel numbers, symbolizing a human lifespan
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Innovative snacks by Laila Gohar in conjunction with the installation’s theme
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A little Veuve Clicquot will never impair the sensibility of art
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The Pavilion in the Pond was constructed next to the house, originally part of an illuminated fountain including a water jet with a twenty foot tall fountain spray
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Philip Johnson’s inspiration for the Sculpture Gallery was, in part, the Greek islands and their many villages marked by stairways. Johnson remarked that in these villages, “every street is a staircase to somewhere.”
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Inside the glass house — the best view of the sunset

The Glass House

199 Elm St, New Canaan, CT (Show on map)
Open Monday, Thursday—Saturday 9—6, and Sundat 12—6
+1 203-594-9884

 theglasshouse.org

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