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The Philip Johnson Glass House

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Address: 199 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT 06840
Phone Number: (203) 594-9884
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Great opportunity to see architectural history in the beautiful New England Town of New Canaan, Ct.

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 22, 2014
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United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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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 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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3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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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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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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Princeton, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

On the plus side, we had fine weather for the self-guided tour. Essentially we had the grounds to explore at our leisure and at each building there was a docent more than eager to tell us about the building, the art, the Johnson family background, whatever. On the negative side is the cost - $75 a head. Given the condition... More 

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Prospect, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Well done tour of a spectacular example of architecture of it's time. Arrive at the visitors center for your tour and you are whisked away on a bus to the location of the house a few miles away. Very well informed guides take you through the property and its several out buildings. Rain or shine it's a wonderful experience -... More 

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Hawke's Bay Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014 via mobile

This was on our 'bucket list', we booked our tickets 4 months in advance to ensure we would get to see it while we were visiting New York. If travelling from NYC the train from Grand Central Station to New Canaan is a breeze - the train system over here is well dialled in. The office from The Glass House... More 

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