What You Need to Know About the Johnson Glass House

Johnson Glass HouseIn 1949, architect Philip Cortelyou Johnson built a unique homestead that was unlike any New Canaan, Connecticut, had seen before. He designed a home in which the walls were made of glass! It was also crafted with charcoal-painted steel, an open-space bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and entertaining space. He eventually created a 49-acre campus around his Glass House, with 13 other structures in all. Today, the Philip Johnson Glass House is a National Trust Historic Site and is one of the best-known landmarks in the world. During your visit to Greenwich, you won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind attraction!

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Visit the Philip Johnson Glass House

Just a 20-minute drive from the historic Stanton House Inn, you can experience one of the world’s most famous pieces of architecture. You’ll have the opportunity to tour the grounds, visit the gift shop, and learn the history of the campus. After you check into our Greenwich bed & breakfast, head out to explore the mysterious masterpiece that is the Glass House.

A Brief Biography of the Philip Johnson Architect

Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1906, Johnson found his love for architecture on various trips to Europe. Ultimately, he began dedicating his life to designing some of America’s greatest architectural landmarks. His spectacular creations were crystalline and sheathed in glass, becoming instant icons in their cities. In addition to the Glass House, Johnson’s world-famous designs include the PPG Place in Pittsburg, the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA, and the Sony Tower in New York City. Throughout his life, Johnson was a major influence in architecture, art, and design.

The Glass House Grounds

Offset from the Glass House, you’ll find a guesthouse that is completely enclosed in brick. It contains a bathroom, library, and single bedroom with a vaulted ceiling and shag carpet. Later, Johnson added a painting gallery, followed by a sky-lit sculpture gallery. The last structures Johnson built on the estate were a library and a red and black reception building. Johnson said that together, his one-room buildings made a complete work of art.

Glass House Tours

The Glass House tour season begins on May 1st and carries on until November 30th. During your tour, experienced guides will answer questions and explain everything you’ll want to know about this iconic home. Reservations are highly recommended as tours often sell out, so be sure to get your tickets in advance!

  • Glass House Tour: This hour-long tour is the most concise tour and focuses specifically on the Glass House and the headland on which it sits.
  • Glass House + Galleries Tour: A popular choice for guests, this tour includes a 2 hour trip to the Glass House, painting gallery, and the outdoor sculpture “Da Mosta”.
  • Extended Tour: The extended tour allows guests to visit all of the locations mentioned in the Glass House + Galleries Tour, plus Philip Johnson’s studio.
  • In-Depth Tour: This comprehensive tour allows participants to venture all over the grounds and check out the house, gallery, studio, sculpture, and the lower landscape.
  • Self-Guided Tour: Self-guided tours are available on select days through the season and are a wonderful way to explore the Glass House campus at your own pace.

Enjoy the Getaway of a Lifetime at the Stanton House Inn

Johnson Glass HouseAfter a wonderful afternoon at the Johnson Glass House, head back to our luxury bed and breakfast near NYC! With us, you can unwind in one of our gorgeous rooms or explore our beautiful grounds for a relaxing ending to a wonderful day. It’s everything you need and more for a romantic escape in New England!

Book your favorite room at the Stanton House Inn today! We look forward to welcoming you soon.

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