The Philip Johnson Glass House

Have you ever heard of the Philip Johnson Glass House? You may have seen it at least.

Designed by Philip Johnson as his own residence, it was an important and influential project for Johnson and for modern architecture. The building is an essay in minimal structure, geometry, proportion, and the effects of transparency and reflection.

Visiting this house is a very unique experience. It's also a very personal experience. It can still be a nice thing to do as a group (if only for the train ride).

As it's difficult (and more expensive) to secure a tour group, we have just picked a time and date, and we let you do the rest.

Register at (that's the Oct 20, 9:45am, Pure Glass House tour). If you prefer a more complete tour, others are available during the day (take the 11am if you want the site tour and be with other outers).

How to register for the outing:

1- Go to the Glass House website, and pay for the tour you want.

2- Put your name on the wait list (use the comment section of your RSVP to indicate the time) and confirm which tour you picked on that day.

3- We will update your RSVP to attending.

Why 3 steps? We want to make sure you registered on the Glass House website before you RSVP here (and the spots on the Glass House website go fast!).

On the day of the outing:

As people will come for different tours, there won't be a leader for this outing. Having said that, you can find each other! We can also coordinate trains (New Canaan train station from Grand Central) so people can travel together.

Not much in town, except a yogurt ice cream parlor. The van from the museum takes you from their visitor center next to the train station down to the estate and back (no need for a car).

You can't make it that day? Still a great idea for a day trip on your own. It's pricey ($30 to visit a house) but it's not available any other way.

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  • David

    945 AM tour, I can pick people up at the station since I am driving there.

    October 19, 2012

    • Christian

      Their Visitor center is right next to the train station; even people with cars should go to the visitor center as they take everyone by van to the property (no car allowed and no parking at the property).

      October 19, 2012

  • Anthony L.

    Hi guys, anyone going from Brooklyn? Just wanted to see if everyone is taking the train.

    October 18, 2012

  • Volodya

    I was wondering what time everyone bought ticket for? Mine is for 9:45 tour.

    October 14, 2012

  • ilya

    the most amazing chocolate you've ever tasted is also in new canaan

    August 28, 2012

    • Christian

      To my defense, I went in the heart of summer, and most stores were closed. I will let the local suggest post visit places to go to!

      August 28, 2012

    • Sal

      we did have amazing yogurt though :-)

      September 7, 2012

  • Eric

    I had the pleasure of attending this tour. Anyone who has the opportunity should definitely go!

    August 28, 2012

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