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Plein Air Afternoon & Fall Tours available through November

Plein Air AfternoonsPlein Air Afternoons at the Glass House offer three hours of unstructured, unguided time on Philip Johnson’s 47-acre campus. Creative pursuits such as photography, painting, poetry are encouraged, as is simply strolling through Johnson’s canvas of modern architecture, landscape and art on your own.
November 16th is the last Plein Air this season – buy tickets now!

Tours of the Glass House run through November 30th – don’t miss seeing the Glass House with fall colors this year! 

Tours and Tickets available for the 2011 Glass House tour season (through November 30).

To learn more about the Philip Johnson Glass House visit

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Conversations In Context: Evening Tour + Reception with David Salle, October 13

Conversations in Context

Thursday, October 13
Program: 5:30-8:00pm (Sold out)

Renowned artist David Salle will host an evening tour, discussion and reception for the October 13th Conversations in Context program at the Glass House.

Upcoming: Architect Charles Renfro of Diller, Scofidio + Renfro hosts Conversations in Context on Thursday, October 20.

Buy Tickets for Conversations in Context ($150)

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

Support from BMW & DWR

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The “Dog Days” of Summer – Glass House Message from the Director

Alice and James, Johnson's dogs

July 15, 2011

A recent article reminded me that these hot and sultry days are called the “dog days” of summer. Our minds slow and generally urge us to take a break. We hope, naturally, you will want to take that break with us, as a walk on the Glass House property does indeed seem like a beautiful vacation in only a few hours.

But it is dogs I want to talk about. David Whitney had two dogs, James and Alice. Johnson built them a “dog house” (which was really a model for an unbuilt project) that is now called the Ossuary because once the puppies grew they repurposed it for bone storage. One of the fourteen structures on our property, this is the only one with a “window” that gazes towards the Glass House. Look for it on your visit!

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The Glass House Gets a New Coat of Paint!

Paitning the Glass House, the Front Entrance

Painting the Glass House, the front entrance with blue masking tape.

If you visited the Glass House in recent weeks you may have seen that it is in the process of being painted. The edges of the Glass House’s windows have been masked in bright blue tape, and the steel structure is being carefully sanded, stripped, primed and re-painted. This important conservation project is being carried out in phases, painting one side of the building at a time, and maintains the original finish – matte black industrial paint – first applied when the Glass House was built in 1949. During this process visitors will still be able to go inside the Glass House, but certain collection pieces may be covered for their protection.

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Painting The Glass House

Painters working on the Glass House

Painters working on the Glass House, June 2, 2011

The Glass House is currently being painted. For more images of the process keep reading or check out our photos on Flickr. For more information on the ongoing conservation and preservation projects at the Philip Johnson Glass House please visit our website at

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