Phillip Johnson Glass House
April 17, 2019
Renowned as one of the most celebrated works of Modernism, this historic house is a must-see for anyone living in the Stamford, CT apartments. This artist’s home is a marvel of architectural wonder and curiosity. Here’s what to know before you visit.
What is the Glass House?
Architect Phillip Cortelyou Johnson designed and built this now historic museum as his private residence back in 1949. His masterful use of minimal structure, geometry, and proportion create unique a unique designs that has captivated the eye of anyone who looks at it.
Using transparency and reflection, the building looks different from varying angles at and multiple times of day due its glass walls. At some angles, it reflects the surrounding tree-lined landscape. At others, you can see the chosen works of art inside.
The estate itself holds a total of fourteen buildings that Johnson created, each serving a different function and purpose for the artist. Designated as National Historic Landmark in 1997, the estate is now open to public via guided tours.
The Glass House features a permanent collection of 20th century paintings and sculptures surrounding a revolving temporary exhibit. The various exhibits found inside are curated by the Glass House Editions Program, who select works from contemporary artists inspired by Johnson or the house itself.
Planning a Visit
You can visit the Glass House in spring, summer, and fall with the purchase of a ticket. There are seven different tours to choose from, each with a separate price tag and experience.
First is a one-hour, $25 tour that focuses solely on the Glass House and its surrounding landscape. The house rests on a raised piece of land overlooking a pond. Second is the house and galleries tour, which costs $50 and last for two hours.
During the house and galleries tour, you will also visit Johnson’s painting and sculpture galleries, his outdoor sculpture, and the Da Monsta sculpture. This is a two-hour tour that spans three quarters of a mile over various paths.
Next up is the extended tour, which includes time to walk through Johnson’s studio in addition to everything else. This is one-mile walk that includes moderate hills, which has led the Glass House group to exclude those using wheelchairs and scooters from the tour for safety. This tour costs $85.
The in-depth tour is the most comprehensive one offered, which walks visitors through the entire landscape of Johnson’s former home. All works are included alongside the pavilion on the pond and monument to Lincoln Kirstein. Like the extended tour, this one also included moderate hills. This tour costs $100-120 depending on the day of the week.
All of the above tours include guides, but you can purchase a three-hour, self-guided tour for $75 on select Sundays. This allows you to explore the grounds on your own and take as much time as you would like at each building. Guides are available to answer any questions you may have. Professional photography, picnics, and easels are prohibited.
For $250, you can book a private tour of the grounds that includes all of its features. Group tours are also available for any party of thirteen or more people. These are made by appointment, with pricing varying by the size of the group.
The majority of these yours are offered on weekdays and weekends, as well as holidays, with weekdays having a reduced price. The self-guided, private, and group tours are available anytime so long as the Glass House is open that day.
What to See
The Glass House is the main attraction. It boasts the same design it had in 1949 when it was built, and is a completely livable home. The entirety of the floor plan is open, with various spaces designated inside for sleeping, working, etc.
The Brick House sits adjacent to the Glass House, offering a stark contrast. It contains guest rooms inside its brick-laden walls, acting as an addition to the house itself. Right now, the group maintaining the property and offering tours has closed the Brick House for restoration.
Johnson’s studio is a unique looking building that contains his workspace. Shelves built into the walls hold over 1,400 books on architecture, a fireplace gently roars in the corner, and two tables provide the space in which Johnson worked.
The Painting Gallery is an underground gala that displays various works created by Johnson. Its decadent white walls are illuminated by overhead lighting, while the architectural design is mesmerizing from the floor to the ceiling.
You can also find Da Monsta on the premises, which is a unique sculpture featuring almost other-worldly design elements. The pavilion in the pond is a simple concrete structure with arches supporting a roof, making for a serene locale, and the Sculpture Gallery is where you can see fascinating works illuminated by light shining through a slanted glass roof.
The landscape also included the monument to Lincoln Kirstein, the Ghost House (a house built from chain-link fencing), and the Vernacular Buildings which give an insight into the daily life of Johnson. The vernacular buildings include interesting design elements in combination with tradition architecture.
Stamford CT Apartments
From the Waypointe apartments, The Glass House is just a short trip away. Located in Connecticut’s premier waterfront destination, these homes redefine luxury for an unmatched living experience in Norwalk. Contemporary designs blend with the timeless sophistication of the state to create an envious appeal, while elements created to enhance your sense of living allow you to enjoy the finer things in life like never before.
A curated selection of high-end amenities are designed with you in mind. Residents can stay active in the fitness center complete with cardio and strength training studios, take their pets for a walk in the landscaped dog park, and allow a variety of concierge services to handle life’s little obligations.
Catch a movie in the cinema lounge, unwind in the billiards and game room, and relax on rooftop terraces or the heated saltwater pool with sundeck. Guests are easily entertained with fire pit and grilling areas as well as a demonstration kitchen. Package acceptance, garage paring, and dry cleaning drop-off make life easier. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, though.
Experience what finer living means in a modern age as you live, dine, and shop in Norwalk. Welcome to a destination like no other. Welcome to the Waypointe.