Apr 14 2011
The Glass House
This week, I had the opportunity to visit The Glass House in New Canaan, CT. I'd first heard about this magnificent structure from an older couple Justin and I sat beside at a play this past Fall. They shared their pictures from various travels in and around New York City, including a few stunning images of a rectangular entirely glass home. I felt immediately intrigued and after the play, did a little research on the house's architect (and former resident) Philip Johnson.
Philip Johnson founded the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art. In 1949, he built The Glass House and lived in it until his death in 2005. Johnson built his home on the very edge of a hill: from one one side, visitors look down towards a sweeping, semi-cleared expanse and a pond. From the other side, visitors look up towards meticulously maintained grass (designed by life partner David Whitney) and several other structures built by Johnson, including an art gallery and a guest house.
When we first arrived, the grounds were nearly invisible from heavy fog. The accompanying dark shadows made for some truly amazing views of the Glass House--it felt almost eery to be wandering around the property's structures. As the day went on, the sun came out and The Glass House transformed from spooky to inviting.
I have many more pictures to share, so be sure to visit my photo blog from time to time to see other images of The Glass House.