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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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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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Simply Georgeous

It is not just the house but also the grounds and out buildings. Most famous homes are not very livable but a couple (no more) could move into this one quite happily. It is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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stamford ct
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stamford ct
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77 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is not just the house but also the grounds and out buildings. Most famous homes are not very livable but a couple (no more) could move into this one quite happily. It is definitely worth a morning or afternoon to visit especially on a nice day

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Westport, Connecticut
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I will plagiarize David's review, as it suitably captures the characteristics of this 20th century classic: "The house was revolutionary when it built in 1949 and it still stands the test of time. The art gallery is world class and has paintings worth millions. The sculpture gallery is wonderful and being restored. The setting of the house on the ridge... More 

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Groton, Connecticut
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111 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You meet at the Visitor's Center and then take about a ten minute bus ride to the actually place. They dropped you off and you are free to roam the grounds by yourself. We couldn’t check out the Sculpture Gallery since it was being remodeled and the Brick House was closed as well since there was some flooding that occurred... More 

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CT
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59 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

The house was revolutionary when it built in 1949 and it still stand the test of time. The art gallery is world class and has paintings worth millions. The sculpture gallery is wonderful and being restored. The setting of the house on ridge is perfect. This is one of the finest examples of modern architecture, art, sculpture and landscape in... More 

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Coconut Grove
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

This is a must for those who are interested to learn about the modernist movement in the US. In the context of time, Philip Johnson's work is remarkable. The tours are thoughtful, well organized, and helpful in educating admirer's as to how the modernist's work in New Canaan came to influence architecture worldwide. The management of the site, the shop... More 

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New York City, New York
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15 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

For those people who want to experience the height of midcentury modern architecture, this is a must-do. For the rest of us, it's an interesting (if overpriced) afternoon in lovely surroundings. The docents are knowledgeable. Be sure to arrive on time and to park your car in the lot across the street at the railroad station. You have to take... More 

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Stamford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I were blown away. We took the 2 hour $50 tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and talked non-stop and we learned a ton about both the architect and the property. She also talked about why there are so many modern houses in New Canaan. The foliage was just past peak and still offered amazing views. It... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

I am a HUGE architecture nerd. It's always been a dream to visit this house. I went to art school and wrote a couple of papers on this house and finally decided to go see it. I just can't believe I am being charged $75 for a tour and on top of it, a $3 fee. You're forced to take... More 

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Wilton, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

It is so beautiful. The surrounding woods are a perfect setting for this magnificent masterpiece by Mr. Johnson. A must see.

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Thank 618Debra
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015 via mobile

Obviously this will be the essence of a "Transparent" experience in Modern Architecture. I am a fan of Phillip Johnson and used to go here as a child. It is a beautifully setting and a unique experience.

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