The Glass House

Written by Jessica Comingore

While planning a recent visit to Connecticut (and my first time to New England) I got to thinking. With a week in town and a loose itinerary of scouting out hot lobster rolls and cannoli, I wondered what other interesting things were around and worth exploring. It was then that I discovered Philip Johnson’s Glass House, a mere hour and a half drive from where we’d be staying. I first learned of The Glass House during a history of architecture course in design school, and remember being blown away when the photo came up on the projector for the first time. Needless to say my reaction was no different standing in front of it and studying its bones one hazy morning in New Canaan.

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The Glass House was designed by Philip Johnson as his own residence in 1949 and stands today under the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Open to the public for a variety of guided tours, the home serves as an essay in minimalism, geometry, proportion, and the effects of transparency and reflection. To see the full gallery of photos captured that day, click here.

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