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The Glass House - Designed by Philip Johnson

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Iconic American Architect, Philip Johnson, constructed the The Glass House in 1949 and lived there until his death in 2005. The Glass House has become a must visit place for anyone interested in modern and postmodern architecture in the US. Located in New Canaan, CT, a short drive from NYC, ushered the International Style into residential American architecture which was highlighted by the innovative use of materials which seamlessly integrate into the landscape surrounding it.  The floor plan itself is one large open space of 1,815 square feet, but rooms are created by the placement of furniture throughout the house. 

Since its completion in 1949, the building and decor have not strayed from their original design. Most of the furniture came from Johnson’s New York apartment, designed in 1930 by Mies van der Rohe. The living room features a pair of Barcelona chairs, an ottoman, and lounger all designed by Mies van der Rohe. A seventeenth-century painting attributed to Nicolas Poussin stands in the living room along with a sculpture, Two Circus Women, by Elie Nadelman stands opposite. 


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