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The Philip Johnson Glass House

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I had a great time exploring New Canaan on a sunny weekend in July. All the greenery! It was such a nice change from the city that I went a little picture crazy.

If you’re at all interested in architecture, head up to Connecticut for a tour of Philip Johnson’s summer home. I had no idea he had built anything other than the glass house, but the tour takes you to see his various other art collections and buildings as well. The entire property spans 47 acres! My favorite was the odd red building at the end, which had the cutest windows and doors. I also liked his version of Agamemmnon’s tomb – although honestly, kind of creepy to build a tomb-like structure to showcase your art. While the tour is quite pricey, I had a great time visiting and the guide was friendly, knowledgeable and did a great job. New Canaan is a quaint town with a main street full of shops and cafes, so there’s plenty to do before or after the tour, as well.

If you visit the Glass House before November 30, 2014, you’ll get to see the current Fujiko Nakaya Veil exhibition where the glass house is encased in fog.

From NYC, take Metro North from Grand Central on the New Haven line. On weekends, you’ll have to transfer in Stamford but it’s easy enough. The visitor center is located directly opposite the New Canaan train stop. 
JoyceSeptember 4, 2014 - 11:11 am

I was planning on going last week too, but didn’t make it! Great minds think alike, I guess haha. I like that your photos show me parts that I didn’t see in other photos before.

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KelvenSeptember 15, 2014 - 12:49 am

Pretty cool layout I suppose. No such thing as worrying about the lack of light in this house I bet hehe. Such lush surroundings too.

SherSeptember 17, 2014 - 6:19 pm

haha yes definitely lots of light with the trade off of little privacy. I liked it for an afternoon but probably not a permanent living situation for most.. :)

SergeSeptember 22, 2014 - 7:50 pm

Quite lovely actually. But… also a little lonely maybe?

Elsa KawaiOctober 7, 2014 - 8:38 pm

oooo boy… So beautifully captured.

SherOctober 9, 2014 - 8:58 pm

Thanks Elsa!

SarahOctober 13, 2014 - 7:57 pm

I love this house! Architecture is so pretty! I also love the photos at the top of your blog. I keep staring in awe.

– Sarah :)
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CynthiaOctober 18, 2014 - 7:47 pm

This is some serious interior design eye candy for those who love contemporary and minimal homes. Thanks for the share!

Cynthia
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