New Canaan, Connecticut

New Canaan, Connecticut

In the bedroom community of New Canaan, Connecticut, Philip Johnson’s landmark Glass House disappears and then rises from fog. Atop this wooded promontory where Johnson often re treated from 1949 until his death in 2005, Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya choreographed 600 water nozzles for “Veil,” a hide-and-reveal sequence that once each hour envelops the transparent house. In the words of Glass House director Henry Urbach, Nakaya’s art installation transforms “a timeless icon into something ephemeral.”

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Like an oversize display box, Connecticut’s Glass House preserves the interior as Philip Johnson lived in it

Art 101 – Coining the term “International Style,” Johnson mounted the first U.S. exhibition of modern architecture in 1932.

How to visit – Open for the season through November 30, this National Trust for Historic Preservation property offers tours and, new in 2014, self-guided walks. Visitors can explore the famed architect’s house, a sculpture gallery, a paintings gallery with rotating walls, and a whimsical structure known as Da Monsta.

Behind doors – In Johnson’s “viewing platform,” a brick cylinder bathroom is the only space without a view.


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