SUMMER TRAVEL QUEST #14

See Philip Johnson’s Glass House on a Self-Guided Tour

For the first time, the National Trust for Historic Preservation site in New Canaan, Connecticut, is open for you to visit on your own
by Lillian Afric

Though Philip Johnson’s skyscrapers changed the nation’s skylines during his career, it was in 1949 that he gained a kind of pop celebrity as The Man in the Glass House for the simple all-glass one-room weekend retreat he built on a 47-acre pastoral property in New Canaan, Connecticut.

Now, for the first time, through Nov. 30, you can take a self-guided tour ($75; reservations required) that allows you to explore, at your own pace, the iconic Glass House and the other structures Johnson built during the 50 years he lived and worked here and the thoughtful landscaping he designed with longtime companion David Whitney: the underground Painting Gallery (inspired by Agamemnon’s tomb), the Sculpture Gallery, the Library, the Pond Pavilion and the Lincoln Kirstein Tower. On-site guides can provide background and answer questions.

 

For more with photos and tour go to: http://www.mapquest.com/travel/articles/philip-johnson-glass-house-self-tour-20892809

 by Lillian Africano 

Lillian is the author of 16 books. She travels the world but loves coming home to New Jersey and New York.

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