The Glass House
People in Glass Houses….The legendary architect Philip Johnson and his companion, curator David Whitney, spent their weekends in this world famous iconic home from 1949 until their deaths in 2005. Best understood as a pavilion for viewing the surrounding landscape, The Glass House is even more stunning as the seasons begin to change in early October. The house and the other 13 buildings that make up this National Trust museum are surrounded by 49 acres of magnificent landscape, designed by Johnson with European 18th century gardens in mind, including beautiful ponds, creeks, knolls, and woods.
Depart at 6:30am on Saturday, October 7 – Coffee, tea, juice and muffins will be offered while watching a documentary “Philip Johnson: Diary of an Eccentric Architecture”, a fascinating look into the mind of one of our most creative and significant architects. At 10:15 am, brunch will be served before our arrival in picturesque New Canaan, Connecticut.
The morning and early afternoon have been choreographed for you to savor the 2 hour experience on the property in small intimate groups. The knowledgeable docents will take their time with you so you truly appreciate Johnson's idea and inspiration. Discover the eye-popping marvels of modernist construction that include: the legendary Glass House; the newly-renovated Sculpture Gallery; subterranean Painting Gallery featuring works by Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, and Robert Rauschenberg; and ”Da Monsta”, a 990-square-foot curvilinear structure.
There will be an opportunity to walk around New Canaan to browse local boutiques and art galleries or stop by the local coffee house. Don’t be surprised if you bump into one of the famous residents – Harry Connick Jr, Brian Williams, Paul Simon and maybe Ann Curry!
To complete our visit, we have included a ride around a few more gems - after all New Canaan is nationally recognized for its many examples of modern architectural masterpieces by the “Harvard Five” (John M. Johansen, Marcel Breuer, Landis Gores, Philip Johnson and Eliot Noyes). Our charming expert will share his passion for the “moderns” before our private visit in one of the “Harvard Five” homes.
On our return travels, a delicious dinner from Walter Stewart’s fourth generation family owned market has been selected with open bar, wine and cold drinks. Arrive back in Baltimore at approx. 8:45pm.
There’s no other way to describe this day, but sensory overload! Neiman Marcus’ recent Christmas Catalog included an overnight stay at the Glass House for a mere $30,000.00! Luckily, our day is a bargain!
Saturday, October 7 @ $253.00