We got to walk through a number of buildings on the property and learn about the house and Johnson. So much fun! Then I sent my in-laws, and they did complain it was a lot of walking.
It's not enough to look at pictures of the glass house in architecture books. Stepping inside the house, taking in the view of the surrounding landscape, admiring the artwork and experiencing the peacefulness of the place is something that we will remember for a very long time. This visit was definitely the highlight of our week in New England.
And very convenient for a day-trip from NY. Truly recommended. To think this was done in 1946, and we're still making McMansions...
I tremendously enjoyed the site, although it would be nice if one could wander the property unescorted after the tour. Our tour guide wasn't bad, but she consistently referred to Johnson as 'Philip' the entire tour, as though she were a dear friend. She spoke at length about Johnson's entire life, but omitted the decade in the 30's when Johnson... More
I had a thoroughly enjoyable day visiting the Glass House. It was an easy day trip up from Grand Central in NYC as the reception building in New Canaan is just across the street from the train station. I'm also glad I did the tour of the whole site and not just the Glass House. The other buildings are well... More
Philip Johnson's iconic Glass House is the highpoint of his hillside estate with meadows sloping down to a pond, woods surrounding, and large contemporary sculptures scattered artfully over the landscape. Do opt to reserve tickets for the last tour of the day, the longest, which will give you time to enjoy all the buildings and art, converse with the expert... More
The Philip Johnson Glass House Tour is understated experience. The Glass House is truly intricate but simple, naked but functional, conceptual but contemporary. Truly an eye candy for the lovers of Architecture and Structural Engineering.
We enjoyed a wonderful tour with a charming docent, Laura. The Glass House is awe inspiring as are the other structures on the site. You need not be a architect, or a lover of modern art to be moved by Philip Johnson's timeless retreat.
Built in 1949, the Glass House is still elegant and inspiring. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. I wouldn't have been surprised to hear she had a graduate degree is art history. I learned so much during the tour which lasted several hours.There are a number of buildings on the 49 acre property, and all are interesting.
My son and I booked the Extended Tour ($100 per person) online, as it seemed pointless to travel 2 hours each way from Long Island just to take a 40 minute tour. I also wanted to see as many of the buildings as possible, and the extended tour covered almost everything. The Visitor Center was conveniently located across from the... More
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