The Glass House

Philip Johnson designed some of America’s greatest modern architectural landmarks. 

Most notable is his private residence, the Glass House, a 47-acre property in New Canaan, Connecticut.

The house is just what it's name implies. A pavilion house with all the walls being sheets of glass suspended from a steel frame.

It sits on a promontory overlooking a pond and the hills that surround the site.  It was his home for over 50 years.  On the property, in addition to the Glass House, Johnson built several other buildings.  A companion house called the Brick House, a Painting Gallery and a Sculpture Gallery. There is also a small pavilion on the edge of the pond and a separate private study.

He referred to the Glass House site as his “fifty-year diary.”

You will find unexpected rewards when you visit this very cool site.