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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Philip Johnson's Glass House at New Canaan

Much talk recently at the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal about the impending opening--tomorrow--of Philip Johnson's Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut.  As the New York Times wrote on June 7, the opening will give paying visitors access to "one of the world's most celebrated works of Modernism for the first time since its completion in 1949."

While my interests have changed much since I was a college student (I used to think "The Graduate" was a good movie, for instance), I've maintained a twenty-three year love affair with that home.

Here's a link to the National Trust for Historic Preservation's website on the house, which the Trust reports was given in 1986 as a life estate and then, apparently, the remainder was donated to the Trust via Johnson's will.

Endnote: The image appears through a link to the Business Week website, which has a story about the house.  I couldn't find a public domain image, so I linked to Business Week's image.

Alfred L. Brophy

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