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The Philip Johnson Glass House

Address: 199 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT 06840
Phone Number: (203) 594-9884
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural buildings, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Architectural buildings, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun 11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Mon 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Thu - Sat 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

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New Canaan, Connecticut
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The best example of architectural history in the area. Well worth a visit if you get the opportunity. Important to book ahead if you plan to be near this beautiful town of New Canaan.

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New Canaan, Connecticut
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Fantastic example of mid century modern architecture. Well worth a visit. Spend the day shopping in the quaint boutique village of New Canaan!

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New Jersey Shore
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100 reviews 100 reviews
19 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

A contemporary of well known architect Landis Gores, Johnson was one of the 'Harvard Five' who settled in the area after the war. The tour and grounds are a wonderful way to see what the leading visionaries of the last century saw for us in the 21st century. A broader discussion of all of the Five and how they worked... More 

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United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

This is a site with great history on an iconic architectural building and setting. The docent gave a great historical tour. The art gallery is great! It has changing exhibitions from the collection of Johnson. We really enjoyed hearing about the conception if the building ,site and gallery. It was a well spent afternoon. I highly recommend it . If... More 

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New York City, New York, USA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Great tour. Explore the various buildings. Knowledgable guide. Art work is fantastic and best part of the tour. Well kept. Takes about 2 hours.

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Rome, GA, USA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

The Glass House and surrounding estate is breath-taking, and a must-see for those visiting Connecticut/New England. The docents take their time with you and are very knowledgeable about the site. The focus on Johnson's life was also very interesting and helpful in understanding the concept of the development of the property.

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New Canaan, CT
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

:Philip Johnson donate his iconic residence, the glass house, when he died at age 103? We had a wonderful docent who led us through the house, grounds and art collection while explaining the history, philosophy and cultural place of it's creator. It was fascinating afternoon. I highly recommend going.

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New Canaan, Connecticut
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I actually caught a glimpse of Philip Johnson's partner on the day that I was at the New Canaan town hall and ever since then I knew I had to make the pilgrimage to the house. I was an esteemed house sitter for the John Black House - aka the Teaze House on Frogtown Road - so, wouldn't you know... More 

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NJ
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46 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

My husband grew up in Stamford and our family have been visiting the area ~40 years but somehow never made to the Glass House until today. The site is much more extensive than expected, even though I read the tour info in advance. Our guide was Amy Russell who was very gracious and knowledgeable, she not only talked about each... More 

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DeWitt, New York
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153 attraction reviews
252 helpful votes 252 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

We took the two hour tour, and were glad that we did. It takes you to all of the buildings and you really get to understand the place better than if you only see the Glass House. If you plan to go, be sure to buy your tickets in advance because the tours fill up fast. We had a knowledgeable... More 

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