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Johnson House, New Canaan, Connecticut

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Johnson house, is a historic house museum on Ponus Ridge Road in New Canaan, Connecticut

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Sep 21, 2016

Philip Johnson Glass House Chief Curator News

The Glass House appoints Philip Johnson scholar Hilary Lewis as Chief Curator & Creative Director

The Glass House, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is pleased to announce the appointment of Hilary Lewis as the site’s Chief Curator & Creative Director starting January 17, 2017. Lewis has spent more than two decades focused on the work of Philip Johnson.

As an architectural historian, curator and journalist she has researched, presented and written many materials on Johnson since her first collaboration with the architect in 1992. She spent over a decade working directly with Johnson on texts, exhibitions and a multiyear project of recording his memoirs.

Philip Johnson, Hilary Lewis and John O’Connor at Library by Nora Feller:
Philip Johnson scholar Hilary Lewis

“Having sat side-by-side with Johnson for years, I feel confident that what would honor his and David Whitney’s memory most would be for the property to evolve further as a center for the appreciation of architecture, design and art not just as a museum of Johnson and Whitney’s lives in New Canaan,” noted Lewis. “It’s an honor to have the opportunity to work directly with the Glass House as it looks forward to its second decade of public engagement.”

“Hilary Lewis has influenced the Glass House site since its inception as a public museum. She will be a great addition to a great team. I look forward to her continuing contributions in programming content, visitation alternatives, site interpretation and team management.”, said Gregory Sages, Executive Director at the Glass House.

Lewis received her training in architectural history and urban planning at MIT and Harvard, where she also taught. Since that time, she has co-authored Philip Johnson: The Architect in His Own Words and The Architecture of Philip Johnson, the former receiving the 1995 AIA International Architecture Book Award. As an author, she has contributed to a variety of books on architecture and planning and has been a founding editor of four magazines on architecture and design, which deepened her knowledge and experience relating to Midcentury Modern architecture. Overall, her work addresses the public aspects of architecture, preservation and design.

As a curator, Lewis developed the show and catalog Philip Johnson: Architecture + Art for the Johnson-designed Kreeger Museum. In 2007, she was named the Philip Johnson Scholar at the site. Until recently, Lewis served on the Glass House’s Advisory Council.

The Glass House was built between 1949 and 1995 by architect Philip Johnson, the Glass House is a National Trust Historic Site located in New Canaan, CT. The pastoral 49-acre landscape comprises fourteen structures, including the Glass House (1949), and features a permanent collection of 20th century painting and sculpture, along with temporary exhibitions. The tour season runs from May through November and advance reservations are required. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places to enrich our future.

Sep 21, 2016

Philip Johnson Glass House Photos

New Photos of Philip Johnson’s Glass House

Photographs: Simon Garcia |

Johnson House, New Canaan, Connecticut, USA
Date built: 1949
Design: Architect Philip Johnson

The Glass House was completed in 1949. It is a National Trust Historic Site on a 49-acre campus.

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Apr 11, 2014

Philip Johnson Glass House Programs

Spring 2014 Programs at the Glass House

Glass House Presents

Glass House Presents is an ongoing series of public programs – including conversations, performances, and gatherings – that sustains the site’s historic role as a meeting place for artists, architects, and other creative minds. Before each event, visitors will enjoy the opportunity to explore the Glass House campus and view current exhibitions, including Fujiko Nakaya: Veil. The program concludes with light refreshments. Public programs take place from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. on Sundays, and 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays.

May 18, 2014 – Maya Lin + Edwina von Gal
June 8, 2014 – David Adjaye + Thelma Golden

Philip Johnson Glass House
photo : Sandra Hamburg


Glass House Presents is generously supported by an anonymous donor.
Night Sounds #4
Featuring lucky dragons
A musical performance + reception
at the Glass House
May 4, 2014, 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.

lucky dragons is an ongoing collaboration between Los Angeles-based artists Sarah Rara and Luke Fischbeck. Active since 2000, lucky dragons is known for an open and participatory approach to making music, radically inclusive live shows, and playful, humanistic use of digital tools. Photo by Tom Hall.


Night Sounds #4 is generously supported by a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.
Into the Fog with Fujiko Nakaya
Panel discussion at the Japan Society, New York
May 13, 2014, 6:30 p.m.

Renowned artist Fujiko Nakaya, known for her pioneering use of fog as a sculptural medium, is joined by Henry Urbach, Director of the Glass House, to discuss the artist’s current project, Fujiko Nakaya: Veil, on view at the Glass House through November 30.


Fujiko Nakaya: Veil is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, The Japan Foundation, and Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®. Additional support is provided by Mee Industries, Inc.
Self-Guided Tours

Self-guided tours of the Glass House offer visitors a unique opportunity to experience the Glass House campus at their own pace. 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. Photo by Carol Highsmith.


Glass House Summer Party, June 14, 2014

The Glass House Summer Party will take place on Saturday, June 14 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. With support from Swarovski, the Summer Party will feature a festive picnic lunch, lawn games, music, and a silent auction along with opportunities to experience Fujiko Nakaya: Veil and the entire Glass House campus.

Apr 11, 2013

Philip Johnson Glass House Exhibition

New Exhibitions at The Glass House

E.V. Day, SNAP!
May 2 – Nov 30, 2013

Tauba Auerbach, Gnomon/Wave for Night (1947 – 2015)
May 2 – Sep 1, 2013

The Glass House Exhibition : full set of information

The Glass House, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is pleased to announce the opening of E.V. Day’s SNAP!, an exhibition for the building known as Da Monsta, as well as the debut of a new sculpture by Tauba Auerbach, Gnomon/Wave, for the ongoing exhibition Night (1947 2015), a project that brings a single contemporary sculpture inside the Glass House itself.

SNAP! is a site-specific exhibition by New York-based artist E.V. Day. Conceived for the building known as Da Monsta (1995), the last building completed by Philip Johnson on the Glass House campus, SNAP! comprises four recent sculptures as well as site-specific installations for the building’s interior and exterior. E.V. Day is the first artist the Glass House has invited to reinterpret the building, originally intended as a visitor center and now used as a project space for contemporary art.

Upon arrival at the Glass House, visitors will immediately encounter Day’s reinterpretation of Da Monsta. Responding to Philip Johnson’s statement that “the building is alive,” Day boldly casts a series of massive red nets across its undulating volume, capturing and staking Da Monsta to the ground. The interaction between artwork and building continues inside.

Aug 27, 2012

Philip Johnson Glass House Building

The Glass House Announces Fresh Flowers Program

New program reintroduces fresh flowers to the Glass House; floral displays to be inspired by and reflect design sensibility of Philip Johnson and David Whitney
Will coincide with the Glass House tour season, May to November 2012
Generously supported by Architectural Digest magazine

May-Nov 2012
The Glass House
199 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT 06840
Open Thursday-Monday, 9:30a.m-5:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $30.

New Canaan, Conn (August, 2012) – For the first time since Philip Johnson lived in his iconic Glass House, fresh flowers will be on display there, bringing new life to the building’s interiors. The Glass House has launched a program, announced by Director Henry Urbach, to reintroduce fresh flower arrangements, which have not been seen in the house since Philip Johnson’s and his partner, David Whitney’s, passing in 2005. Local designer Dana Worlock will reinterpret Whitney’s original plant selection, adding and adapting to suit the specific environmental conditions and seasonal changes of the Glass House.

Philip Johnson and David Whitney with fresh flowers at The Glass House, 2003, New Canaan, Connecticut, USA:
Philip Johnson Glass House
photograph : Todd Eberle

The flowers, mostly gathered from the site and chosen based on archival photographs, will be integrated back into the Glass House as a symbol of new life to come: this program is the first of several initiatives being launched to rededicate the site as a lively, creative cultural center in keeping with the spirit and values of its former occupants-Johnson, the renowned architect, and Whitney, who was an editor and independent curator.

Flowers at The Glass House, 2003:
Philip Johnson Glass House
photograph courtesy The National Trust for Historic Preservation

“It’s about providing our visitors with an even richer experience and celebrating renewal as the Glass House transforms from a house museum to a living intellectual and cultural center. Even this modest element reflects a way to explore new opportunities for creative engagement. During Philip’s and David’s lifetime, the Glass House nearly always had fresh flowers, and we wanted to honor this legacy. We’ve consulted historical photographs; as much as possible, we remain close to their sensibility and use flowers gathered from the site,” Urbach said.

Henry Urbach, Director of The Glass House, and Dana Worlock, designer, with fresh flowers at The Glass House, 2012.
Philip Johnson Glass House
photo courtesy of The Glass House

An avid gardener since childhood, David Whitney cultivated a wide range of seasonal plants throughout the site’s 49 acres of lawns, meadows, woods, wetlands, and gardens. Whitney and Johnson enjoyed cuttings throughout the year when they were in residence in New Canaan.

This exciting new program is generously supported by Architectural Digest magazine.

Flowers at The Glass House, 2003:
Philip Johnson Glass House
photograph courtesy The National Trust for Historic Preservation

The Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut, USA

The Glass House

The Glass House, a National Trust Historic Site, offers its 49-acre campus as a catalyst for the preservation and interpretation of modern architecture, landscape, and art, and as a canvas for inspiration and experimentation honoring the legacy of Philip Johnson (1906-2005) and David Whitney (1939-2005).

Fresh flowers at The Glass House, 2012.
Philip Johnson Glass House
photo courtesy of The Glass House

Architectural Digest

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a nonprofit membership organization bringing people together to protect, enhance, and enjoy the places that matter to them. By saving the places where great moments from history-and important moments of everyday life-took place, the National Trust for Historic Preservation helps revitalize neighborhoods and communities, spark economic development, and promote environmental sustainability.

With headquarters in Washington, DC, nine regional and field offices, 29 historic sites, and partner organizations in all 50 states, the National Trust for Historic Preservation provides leadership, education, advocacy, and resources to a national network of people, organizations and local communities committed to saving places, connecting us to our history, and collectively shaping the future of America’s stories.

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Philip Johnson Glass House information from National Trust for Historic Preservation / Philip Johnson Glass House, 270812

Johnson House, New Canaan
Date built: 1949
Architect: Philip Johnson

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Location: 199 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT 06840, USA

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