For the next few weeks, I will be checking out a variety of house museums as part of my work at the Heurich House Museum in Dupont Circle. Today, I had a magical experience at The Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, CT. Johnson was a brilliant architect, art collector, and intellectual. He “was also a singular tastemaker, influencing architecture, art, and design during the second-half of the twentieth century. He referred to the Glass House site as his ‘fifty-year diary.'” He was the founding director of the Department of Architecture at MOMA and introduced America to modern architecture with his landmark 1932 exhibition, The International Style.
I am just starting to appreciate modernism, but The Glass House is one of the most amazing buildings I’ve ever been in, and I had to share it. Although small, minimalist, and practical, this is a fairy tale home. Johnson curated the vast expanse of land below the building so that it rolls out as a painting. And there is the barest division between what is inside and what is out. A life inside the Glass House is a life in nature.