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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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this is a must see while in New Canaan. truly interesting. Take time to sit and look at the landscaping that surrounds this gorgeous property. good to read up before going makes... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

this is a must see while in New Canaan. truly interesting. Take time to sit and look at the landscaping that surrounds this gorgeous property. good to read up before going makes it more exciting.

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Bethany, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Definitely worth your while to check out this mid century modern home that is really a piece of fine art. The grounds and art gallery are jaw droppingly beautiful...worth the price of admission. For art lovers, history lovers and lovers of the finer things in life.

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Darien, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Architecture for me is an avocation rather than a subject of passionate study, but I found the Glass House tour to be very interesting. Our tour guide was excellent and helped us appreciate the Glass House and other buildings on the property, enlivened the tour with descriptions of parties Johnson held on the estate, his iconoclastic personality, etc. Tour groups... More 

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New Canaan, Connecticut
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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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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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26 reviews 26 reviews
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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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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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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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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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