The Glass House – By Inder Bedi
Many artists, particularly us introverts, dream of having a 2nd home that is away from the hustle bustle of the big city. For myself it would be a shack made of concrete, steel and glass surrounded by acres of forest and enough trees so that privacy would be an understatement !
I’m guessing these are the feelings Phillip Johnson had in 1949 when he built his glass house in New Canaan, Connecticut. The project was not only innovative for the time, but also became a turning point in modern architecture.
The 47 acre estate includes 13 modernist structures Johnson built. There is an underground paintings gallery which includes a portrait of Johnson by Andy Warhol as well as works by Frank Stella, Jasper Johns, Julian Schnabel and Robert Rauschenberg.
An interesting quote in LIFE magazine in 1949, sign of the times: “Except when entertaining, Johnson lives alone, servantless and accompanied only by weather, paintings and books.”
I tend to think of the Glass House every summer once the snow is gone and the grass is green again, maybe it’s time to take a tour…