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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


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

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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Happy Birthday Ludwig Mies van der Rohe!

Illustration by architect Tadao Ando of the Farnsworth House (1945–51) designed by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. (Image from the Modern Views project, Courtesy of the architect.)

Illustration by architect Tadao Ando of the Farnsworth House (1945–51) designed by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. (Image: Farnsworth House, 2009, Ink on paper, 18 1/2” x 12 3/4” each, Courtesy of the architect.)

Today, 126 years ago, modern architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was born!

The historic exchange reflected in the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Farnsworth House (1945–51) and the Philip Johnson Glass House (1949) is considered one of the twentieth century’s great cultural dialogues, and was explored in the recent Glass House commissioned film Points on a Line by artist Sarah Morris as part of the Modern Views project. (View the list of one hundred contemporary artists, architects, and designers who participated in Modern Views.)

Johnson was also an associate of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in the 1950s, and worked with the modern master on the design of the Seagram Building and its famed Four Seasons Restaurant. Interested in learning more? Enjoy an exclusive pairing of these two Modern Icons – tour the Glass House and enjoy a three-course dinner at the Four Seasons Restaurant! For more information visit

Photo courtesy of the Four Seasons

The interior of the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York designed by Philip Johnson, in the Seagram Building, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Photo courtesy of the Four Seasons.


What design spectacles – eyewear or event – have had a significant impact on you?How will you celebrate Mies’s birthday?
The Philip Johnson Glass House invites you to join in
the Glass House Conversation on Design Spectacles –
share your thoughts on the design events (+ architect’s eyewear!) that have had a significant impact on you @!


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1967 Glass House Country Happening with Merce Cunningham, John Cage & the Velvet Underground

In honor of John Cage and the John Cage Centennial, which serve as the inspiration for our current Glass House Conversation, we’re sharing one of the many films from the Glass House Visitor Center Media Wall, now available online for the first time.

The film is archival footage of an event held at the Glass House in 1967 to benefit the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Described as a “Country Happening” in Vogue Magazine, August 1967, Merce Cunningham dancers performed to music by John Cage, and later the Velvet Underground took the stage. The original soundtrack to the footage included guests clinking glasses, neighbors complaining, and police arriving to break up the party!

Join the Glass House Conversation; discuss John Cage, the Glass House, Design, Ego and Humility with host Paul Soulellis at!

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