A Visit to the Philip Johnson Glass House

This summer I made my second visit to the  Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut. It was a glorious day and even though I’d been there before it was a captivating experience that includes touring the famous house along with the rest of the extensive compound–11 buildings and follies that Johnson built on the 47 acre estate between 1949 and 1995. The property itself is beautifully landscaped, and the various structures Johnson erected on it form a timeline of his development as an architectural designer and thinker. It’s a pilgrimage I suggest anyone interested in 20th century architecture and landscape design makes, and one I intend to repeat in the future. Here are some photos I took while I was up there.

The Philip Johnson Glass House, 1949

The Glass House by Philip Johnson, completed in 1949

Living area of the Philip Johnson Glass House, 1949

The living area of the Glass House

Bedroom in the Philip Johnson Glass House, 1949
The bedroom

Landscaping at the Philip Johnson Glass House
Philip Johnson paid as much attention to landscaping the 47-acre property as he did to the structures he built on it.

The Library/Study at the Philip Johnson Glass House
The one-room Library/Study, completed in 1980

The Pool at the Philip Johnson Glass House
The Pool

Da Monsta gatehouse at the Philip Johnson Glass House
Da Monsta, a red and black gatehouse built without right angles, is one of the few structures visible from the road.

Interior of the Sculpture Gallery at the Philip Johnson Glass House
The interior of the Sculpture Gallery, completed in 1970.