The Glass House Blog

Message From The Director

January 9, 2011

Happy New Year!

I write as air finally chills with winter, although the ground remains resolutely brown, denying the season its romance.  The Glass House site is closed to the public until May 2nd.  However, the staff is hard at work with many off-season projects.

Here is a look at how we spend the winter: Read the rest of this entry »

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Stay Inspired!

Dear Friends,

We live and work in a Glass House, so we won’t try to hide from you the importance of your support to the ongoing care for the buildings, fine art collections, and landscape! Your support enables us to bring you new and engaging content through programming both on site and online.

Donate Now!

If you loved your tour of the Glass House, please support our on-going guide training and tour program development.

If you enjoyed Conversations in Context in person, or through the film series, please give to help us to do more in coming years.

If you enjoyed wandering the 47-acre landscape during Dine with Design, please help us keep it as beautiful for future visitors.

If you were wowed by the New Canaan High School students’ oral histories about some of the great modern architects and homes in our town of New Canaan, CT please support this work.

If you were impressed by the conservation work on the sculpture, Untitled, 1971 by Donald Judd and our comprehensive coverage of that work, please give to support future fine art conservation at the Glass House.

And if you discovered the amazing life, work and history of David Whitney through our exclusive online biography, please give to support this legacy.

The staff of the Glass House is busy planning many exciting programs, tours and online enhancements for the 2012 season. At the same time, we are grappling with the need to replace the roof of the Painting Gallery and, potentially, excavation of the Gallery’s walls to repair a leak and prevent water damage to the painting collection.

We can’t do it all without the support of our visitors and friends!

Please know that your gift will be used effectively and efficiently to support active preservation projects and educational programs at the Glass House.

Donate Now!

We thank you for your interest in the Glass House, and for your generosity in a challenging year.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all!

Rena Zurofsky
Interim Executive Director

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Support The Glass House

Dear Friends,

Architecture, Art and Audience are our three motivations. The Philip Johnson Glass House is simply one of the most significant modernist sites in America, the private home that inspired a revolution in mid-20th century living that extends to the present day. The site’s remaining art collection provides a fascinating insight to the curatorial talents of Johnson’s partner, David Whitney. Between them, Johnson and Whitney significantly shaped the exhibitions and collections of the Museum of Modern Art’s formative decades. In opening the site for tours and in creating deeper and richer web content, our goal is to educate and inspire you, our local, national, and international audience.To accomplish our goals of preserving, restoring and performing original research, we count on the generosity of our supporters. We count on you!This year, more than ever, we need your help to balance our budget: Our endowment covers only 40% of our operations, preservation and programs.

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Shop the New Glass House Design Store!

Visit the Glass House Design Store for jewelry, furniture, limited edition artist prints, and holiday gifts. Find eco-friendly materials and international design, as well as items inspired by the Glass House site. Shop online now!

Holiday Shopping Hours + 2012 Tickets Pre-Sale 

Visit the Glass House Design Store in New Canaan, CT (199 Elm Street) for a larger selection of items.

Holiday Shopping Hours
10am – 4pm, Thursday – Saturday, December 1-17, 2011

Tickets for select dates during the 2012 tour season will be available for pre-sale. All ticket purchases must be made in person.

Tickets for the full season of 2012 tours will go on sale in February.


Sales from the Glass House Design Store support general operations, educational programs and the preservation of the site, including fourteen buildings and structures, a permanent collection of art and sculpture, and the 47-acre landscape.

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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Shop the Glass House Bookstore

Shop the Glass House Bookstore for specially selected
art and design titles, including:

 The Philip Johnson Tapes includes transcripts of interviews and conversations with Robert A.M. Stern, each covering a decade of Johnson’s life and trends of architecture and history during the twentieth-century.

The Library of Philip Johnson: Selections from the Glass House examines 100 titles from the architect’s Library/Study located on the Glass House site and features an introduction by Robert A. M. Stern.

Empire of Space is composed of Todd Eberle’s photographs taken over the course of thirty years and is the definitive publication of the photographer’s work.

The new Glass House guide book, with forward by Paul Goldberger, presents an exclusive tour of the Glass House, its grounds, and collections.

More titles are available online and at the Glass House Design Store in New Canaan!

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Living in the Glass House

Support The Glass House

Dear Friends,

It has been an incredibly fast-paced year for the Philip Johnson Glass House. We celebrated our Fifth Season by developing new ways of welcoming the public to our site in person, online, through educational programs and events, and at art and design fairs around the world.

We’ve collaborated with significant architects (Charles Renfro, Tod Williams + Billie Tsien, Gregg Pasquarelli), artists (James Welling, Todd Eberle, David Salle) and writers (Paul Goldberger, Karen Stein, Philip Nobel), great chefs (Michele Richard, Brian Lewis, Bill Taibe, Lee Chizmar, Derek Wagner), as well as talented local high school students and their inspired teachers.

This year, more than ever, we need your support to help balance our budget. Our endowment covers only 40% of our operations, preservation and programs but we count on the generosity of our supporters to complete the picture.

Here’s why we hope you will  Donate Now!

New Tours

Focus: Concentrate on art, landscape and /or architecture -you decide!

Plein Air Afternoons: Unguided access for creative inspiration.
Pure Glass: Short, sweet and the lucid heart of the property

Cultural Experiences in Person
and Online

Private made Public: Salons hosted by cultural leaders are now available to all, either through an evening on site or connecting through an online film of each program.

Preservation and Conservation: The first site-specific work of Donald Judd, Untitled, 1971 was cleaned and conserved this season. Explore documentation of the it’s history, from archival images of the initial installation, to video of the conservation team at work and an online dialogue led by Flavin Judd.

Important Research: A seminal biography of David Whitney, Philip Johnson’s private but influential partner, is essential reading for understanding of the legacy of Johnson, Whitney and the Glass House.


Generations Together: This fall marks our fourth year working with the New Canaan High School students and their teachers. This year’s projects included landscape photography and oral history films featuring local notable architects John Black Lee, John Johansen, and Fred Noyes speaking about his father, Eliot Noyes. These projects bring generations together to explore the essential history of New Canaan and Modernism. All of the student-produced oral histories and many of their photographs 
can now be enjoyed on our website.

47 Acres and 14 Structures

Storms: Besides the investments we choose to make, because we believe in them and their importance, there are the investments we need to make. Hurricane Irene, seasonal flooding and heavy unexpected snowstorms hammered the Glass House just as it did our neighbors. Repairs and canceled tours due to power outages and clean-ups resulted in significant lost revenues that severely affected our bottom line.

To maintain our role as an important community asset and site of international significance, we need your support. Please help us balance the Glass House budget with a generous year-end donation.

We welcome your support at every level.  Donate Now!

We hope to see you at the Glass House soon and often, on a tour through November, or early next season.


Rena Zurofsky
Interim Executive Director

The Library of Philip JohnsonAs an additional thank you for your donation of $1,000 or more, we will send you a copy of the just published, limited edition Library of Philip Johnson. Written by Birch Cooper and Jordan Hruska, this beautifully illustrated book examines 100 titles from the architect’s Library/Study located at the Glass House site and features an introduction by Architect Robert A. M. Stern, textual analyses and 350 photographs.

Donors of $5,000 or more will also receive invitations to an exclusive event at The Glass House during the 2012 season.

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James Welling Glass House Exhibition at the Four Seasons Restaurant

James Welling Photo

The Philip Johnson Glass House, in association with David Zwirner, is pleased to announce an installation featuring works by artist James Welling to benefit the Glass House. Ten limited edition prints from Welling’s Glass House series are mounted in the Philip Johnson designed Four Seasons Restaurant Lobby Gallery at 99 East 52nd Street in New York. Learn more and order your limited edition Welling print.

Four Seasons
Experience the ultimate pairing of modern icons: Book a Glass House Private Tour and Four Seasons Dinner package, available all year.

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New! Limited Edition James Welling Prints of the Glass House

Photograph of the Glass House by James Welling

Four signed and numbered limited edition (50) prints by photographer James Welling are now available, only through the Glass House Design Store online + in New Canaan.

All proceeds from Store purchases benefit the Glass House! Order your print today!

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