New Canaan’s Glass House to begin offering self-guided tours

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FILE - This April 1996 file photo shows the "Glass House" that architect Philip Johnson, who taught at New Yorkís Pratt Institute, designed for himself in New Canaan, Conn.

FILE – This April 1996 file photo shows the “Glass House” that architect Philip Johnson, who taught at New York’s Pratt Institute, designed for himself in New Canaan, Conn.

The famed Glass House, designed by architect Philip Johnson as a private residence sitting on 47 acres of property in New Canaan released its tour pricing and schedule for the 2014 season earlier today.

Johnson, who was part of the “Harvard Five,” an esteemed group of architects with Harvard pedigrees, is one of the most well-known influencers of modern design, who called the glass house he erected in New Canaan his “fifty-year diary.” Johnson began the journey to design this house back in 1945, and broke ground in 1948. While he lived in the home for many years, it was opened up for public tours in 2007, two years after his death.

This year, the National Trust for Historic Preservation is offering up the option to take a self-guided tour for the first time. The new tour option costs $75. Here’s how the Trust describes the experience:

Self-guided tours at the Glass House offer visitors a unique opportunity to experience the Glass House campus and its pastoral landscape at their own pace for up to three hours. In addition to the permanent art collection and temporary exhibitions, visitors enjoy access to seven structures designed by Philip Johnson, including: the Glass House, the Painting Gallery, the Sculpture Gallery, Da Monsta, and the Library, as well as the lower landscape’s Pond Pavilion and Lincoln Kirstein Tower. Glass House guides will be available to provide historical background and answer questions. Please note that picnicking, professional photography, easels and tripods are not permitted.

There are several other tour options, all of which can be found at the Glass House website, here. And then, of course, you can take a virtual tour of the house and the grounds here on Property Rounds:

Maggie Gordon

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