Visiting The Glass House

Let's make this a "Throw Back Thursday" post and look back on a summer road trip we took with friends—4 years ago this week—to The Glass House, designed by Philip Johnson, in New Canaan, CT.

Summer is such a great time for road trips and we live in just one of this country's regions that avails itself by car to see a lot of great towns, historically significant buildings, and natural beauty. If you are in New England, be sure to visit the Gropius House in Lincoln, MA, too. And just over an hour away in Wellfleet, MA, we will be visiting 3 restored modern houses with Cape Cod Modern Trust in September. Can't wait! Tell us about the architecturally historic places you've visited that are not-to-be-missed in the comments below. Hopefully, we'll make it to some of them in our travels.

Approaching the house. View from the pool.

Approaching the house. View from the pool.

The house and pool from afar.

The house and pool from afar.

Enter the house. Pick your angle.

Enter the house. Pick your angle.

Living Area: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona chair, ottoman, couch, and coffee table, 1929 & 1930.

Living Area: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona chair, ottoman, couch, and coffee table, 1929 & 1930.

Living Area: Painting, Nicholas Poussin (attributed to) Burial of Phocion, ca. 1648-49

Living Area: Painting, Nicholas Poussin (attributed to) Burial of Phocion, ca. 1648-49

Bedroom: Wilhelm Wagenfeld and Carl Jacob Jucker Bauhaus lamp, 1924; Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Low table, 1927

Bedroom: Wilhelm Wagenfeld and Carl Jacob Jucker Bauhaus lamp, 1924; Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Low table, 1927

The Study: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Writing table, 1930; Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Brno tubular chair, 1929; Walter von Nessen Swing-arm table lamp, 1927

The Study: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Writing table, 1930; Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Brno tubular chair, 1929; Walter von Nessen Swing-arm table lamp, 1927

A serene sitting place, just outside the living area. Harry Bertoia, Bertoia Diamond lounge, 1952; Richard Schultz Petal (320R) side table, 1960.

A serene sitting place, just outside the living area. Harry Bertoia, Bertoia Diamond lounge, 1952; Richard Schultz Petal (320R) side table, 1960.

Bathroom: Turn the corner from the fireplace and this small but sparse room shares space in that same column in the middle of the house. Loved the tile.

Bathroom: Turn the corner from the fireplace and this small but sparse room shares space in that same column in the middle of the house. Loved the tile.

Shower: You are not seeing terra cotta tiles up on the ceiling. Those are panels of leather. I don't know why anyone thought that would be a good idea in a shower.

Shower: You are not seeing terra cotta tiles up on the ceiling. Those are panels of leather. I don't know why anyone thought that would be a good idea in a shower.

The Painting Gallery, entrance.

The Painting Gallery, entrance.

The Painting Gallery: Frank Stella, Darabjerd I, 1967

The Painting Gallery: Frank Stella, Darabjerd I, 1967

The Painting Gallery: Andy Warhol, Philip Johnson, 1972

The Painting Gallery: Andy Warhol, Philip Johnson, 1972

Sculpture Gallery, entrance

Sculpture Gallery, entrance

Sculpture Gallery Inspiration for the interior came from Greek island villages marked by their many stairways.

Sculpture Gallery Inspiration for the interior came from Greek island villages marked by their many stairways.

The Studio, a "hideaway" for focusing on work and writing. In the background, Ghost House, a sculptural element built on old barn foundations of chain link material.

The Studio, a "hideaway" for focusing on work and writing. In the background, Ghost House, a sculptural element built on old barn foundations of chain link material.

Pavilion in the Pond (foreground) plays with scale to make it seem much further away than it is. In the background, Monument to Lincoln Kirstein, 1985, that Johnson had built in honor of his friend and poet, Lincoln Kirstein.

Pavilion in the Pond (foreground) plays with scale to make it seem much further away than it is. In the background, Monument to Lincoln Kirstein, 1985, that Johnson had built in honor of his friend and poet, Lincoln Kirstein.

Stefan, Christopher, Jen, Jodi, and Stephanie goofing around in the gift shop at the end of our visit. These "toy" versions of the iconic glasses were for sale.

Stefan, Christopher, Jen, Jodi, and Stephanie goofing around in the gift shop at the end of our visit. These "toy" versions of the iconic glasses were for sale.

All photos by Jodi Vautrin.