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Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa, Visits The Glass House

Ina Garten visits the Glass House

Ina Garten visits the Glass House

Ina Garten, aka the Barefoot Contessa, recently visited the Glass House for a private tour with friends Frank Newbold and Devon Fredericks (married to Eli Zabar). The tour was long-awaited–Garten mentioned that she grew up in a semi-modernist home built around 1952 in Stamford, Connecticut (the town just west of New Canaan, where the Glass House is located) and always wanted to visit the Glass House. She also said that she and her husband were married in the home that she grew up in, which is located on Long Ridge Road in Stamford, and is now unfortunately in bad shape.

On their behind-the-scenes private tour of the Glass House site Garten and friends had the opportunity to explore Philip Johnson’s 49-acre curated landscape, 14 architectural structures and world-class private art and design collection, including art galleries, the Library/Study, close access to the Pond Pavilion, as well as exhibitions and fresh flowers in the Glass House.

Glass House guide Kathy Karlik led their tour and said of Garten, “She was so incredibly gracious, humble and astute in her observations. What delightful guests it was such a pleasure!”

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Glass House Focus Tours: Architecture + History

Glass House Focus Tours: Architecture + History

2-hour guided tour | $45 per person | Select Wednesdays at 2:30pm

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Focus tours delve into specifics of the tour topic, including special access and alternate paths. Focus Tours are intended for guests interested in learning more about a key element of the site or for those looking to see the Glass House through a new perspective.

Architecture + History | Explore the history and theory, materials and technologies, influential architects, and preservation challenges of Modern architecture through the lens of the Glass House campus. Visit interiors of the Glass House (1949), Painting Gallery (1965), Sculpture Gallery (1970), da Monsta (1995), and access (through a field of tall grass) the Library/Study (1980), housing Johnson’s architectural library spanning Schinkel to Hadid and overlooking the Ghost House (1984).

For more information on this and other Glass House tours visit
http://philipjohnsonglasshouse.org/visit/

The 2012 Glass House public tour season runs from May 2 – November 30, 2012 (closed Tuesdays). Tickets are available now!  Advance reservations are highly recommended.  Tickets by phone, please call 866.811.4111.


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Glass House Focus Tours: Art + Influence

Glass House Focus Tours: Art + Influence

2-hour guided tour | $45 per person | Select Wednesdays at 2:30pm

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Focus tours delve into specifics of the tour topic, including special access and alternate paths. Focus Tours are intended for guests interested in learning more about a key element of the site or for those looking to see the Glass House through a new perspective.

Art + Influence | Philip Johnson and David Whitney played a significant
role in cultivating and commissioning the work of world-renowned creative talent that defined an era: enjoy deeper discussion and close observation
of the art works of the Glass House campus, including one of the world’s foremost collections of pieces by Frank Stella. Artists include Andy Warhol, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, David Salle, Lynn Davis, Julian Schnabel, Michael Heizer, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Andrew Lord and John Chamberlin. Explore the personal relationships between the Glass House, these artists, and the founding and development of The Museum of Modern Art.

For more information on this and other Glass House tours visit
http://philipjohnsonglasshouse.org/visit/

The 2012 Glass House public tour season runs from May 2 – November 30, 2012 (closed Tuesdays). Tickets are available now!  Advance reservations are highly recommended.  Tickets by phone, please call 866.811.4111.


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Visit the Glass House: Extended Tour

The Glass House

2.5-hour guided tour | $100 per person

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The Extended Tour offers visitors more time, a smaller group and increased access to the Glass House’s 47-acre curated landscape, 14 architectural structures and world-class private art and design collection. In addition to the interiors of Philip Johnson’s Glass House (1949), Painting Gallery (1965) and Sculpture Gallery (1970), and Da Monsta (1995) visitors on the Extended Tour enjoy access to Johnson’s Library / Study (1985) housing his private architectural literature collection. Extended Tour visitors are entitled to a membership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and a 10% discount in the Glass House Store.

For more information on this and other Glass House tours visit
http://philipjohnsonglasshouse.org/visit/

The 2012 Glass House public tour season runs from May 2 – November 30, 2012 (closed Tuesdays). Tickets are available now!  Advance reservations are highly recommended.  Tickets by phone, please call 866.811.4111.


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Visit the Glass House: Site Tour

The Philip Johnson Glass House

2-hour guided tour | $45 per person

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Experience the iconic Glass House site by walking through Johnson’s 47-acre curated landscape. View the 14 architectural structures and world-class art and design collection, and explore the interiors of Philip Johnson’s Glass House (1949), Painting Gallery (1965), and Sculpture Gallery (1970), and Da Monsta (1995) on a guided 3/4 mile walking tour.

For more information on this and other Glass House tours visit
http://philipjohnsonglasshouse.org/visit/

The 2012 Glass House public tour season runs from May 2 – November 30, 2012 (closed Tuesdays). Tickets are available now!  Advance reservations are highly recommended.  Tickets by phone, please call 866.811.4111.


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Visit the Glass House: Pure Glass House Tour

The Philip Johnson Glass House, photo by Eirik Johnson.

1-hour guided tour | $30 per person

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The Pure Glass House tour visits only Philip Johnson’s iconic Glass House (1949).  Visitors will spend time inside the Glass House and outside on the promontory overlooking Johnson’s 47-acre curated landscape.  Visitors will be transported by van directly to and from the entrance to the Glass House with minimal walking.  Please note this tour will NOT visit the other buildings on the site.

For more information on this and other Glass House tours visit
http://philipjohnsonglasshouse.org/visit/

The 2012 Glass House public tour season runs from May 2 – November 30, 2012 (closed Tuesdays). Tickets are available now!  Advance reservations are highly recommended.  Tickets by phone, please call 866.811.4111.



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Ultimate Modern Gift: Glass House Private Tour + Four Seasons Dinner Package

Ultimate Modern Gift: Glass House Private Tour + Four Seasons Dinner Package

Guests will begin this package experience with a Private Tour of the 47-acre Glass House site, designed to provide a customized, in-depth experience of the landscape, architecture and private art collection. In addition to the tour, guests will dine at New York City’s Johnson-designed Four Seasons Restaurant in the Seagram Building, where they will enjoy a celebratory three-course dinner, including champagne and wines selected by Four Seasons owners Alex von Bidder and Julian Niccolini.

Available year-round and as a gift; tour and dinner may be scheduled on the same or separate days. Learn more or contact glasshouse@nthp.org or 203.594.9884 x33332 for reservations.

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New Film: Charles Renfro hosting Conversations in Context at the Glass House with Alexander Gorlin + Mary Ellen Carroll

Charles Renfro hosting Conversations in Context at the Glass House with Alexander Gorlin + Mary Ellen Carroll

Conversations in Context 2011 is generously supported by BMW and Design Within Reach.

BMW   DWR

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Fall Foliage + Tours at the Glass House

Fall Foliage at the Glass House
Visit the Glass House now to experience Philip Johnson’s 47-acre landscape amidst New England’s fall colors. Tickets available for tours now through November 30th: Pure Glass House Tour, Focus Tours: Architecture, Art + Landscape, Site, Extended and Twilight Tours.

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New Glass House Film: Converastions in Context With Tod Williams + Billie Tsien

Our latest film from the Conversations in Context series is now online! Check out Tod Williams + Billie Tsien, of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, in conversation with special guest Karen Stein at the Glass House, September 15, 2011.

You can also see photos from our event on Flickr.

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