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Partner Spotlight: The Glass House

Read a Q&A with The Glass House, an iconic modern historic site in New Canaan, CT, designed by architect Philip Johnson.

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July 31, 2023

The Glass House, an architectural marvel nestled in the picturesque landscape of New Canaan, Connecticut, stands as an iconic symbol of modernist design and innovation. Designed by the visionary architect Philip Johnson and completed in 1949, this masterpiece redefined the boundaries of architecture and became a manifesto for minimalism and transparency. Johnson's revolutionary concept of using glass as its primary material provided uninterrupted views of the surrounding nature, blurring the line between interior and exterior spaces. With its sleek lines, open-plan layout, and integration with the environment, the Glass House has left an indelible mark on the world of architecture, captivating enthusiasts and visitors alike for generations.

We're thrilled to have the Glass House as a longstanding partner of Archtober—here, they answered seven short questions as we gear up for the 2023 Archtober Festival!

Q: Tell us about the Glass House!

The Glass House, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is a modern historic site designed by architect Philip Johnson.

Q: Can you highlight a recent exhibition at the Glass House?

Mark Mennin: Processi is an installation of sculptures in the landscape by master stone carver Mark Mennin.

Mark Mennin: Processi. Photo: Paul Bickford

Q: What is something about the Glass House that most people don’t know or are unfamiliar with?

The site also has a 20th-century art collection, including works by Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Frank Stella,Cindy Sherman, Donald Judd, David Sales, and Michael Heizer. The site features 49 acres of pesticide-free landscape, including 13 structures beyond the Glass House.

Q: What is something in the area near the Glass House that you would recommend visiting if someone were to visit the Glass House?

We recommend visiting Grace Farms Foundation, a beautiful space with amazing architecture by SANAA. They have a delicious café for lunch.

Q: How does the Glass House's mission intersect with Archtober’s mission? 

Our organization aims to raise awareness about architecture and the built environment as well as to help preserve important architecture. We want architecture to inspire while designing solutions that help support us.

Q: How does the Glass House see the future of architecture and design in NYC? 

NYC is a vibrant city with incredible architecture, fostering participation and belonging. The inventive designs of architects have the potential to create accessibility, equity and sustainable solutions.

Q: What is a design object in your collection that you would like to highlight?

We would like to highlight Wagenfeld Table lamp that is an original from 1924 and sits on the side table next to the bed in the Glass House.