Since Philip Johnson’s Glass House first opened to the public in 2007, the demand to step inside one of the landmarks of modern architecture has been overwhelming. Tickets for the 2011 tour season, which runs from May through November, go on sale at 9 a.m. on Feb. 15, and if the past is any indication, they will sell out quickly. The good news for those who want to visit Johnson’s New Canaan, Conn., property — which includes fourteen architectural structures and a world-class art collection — is that the Glass House is introducing three new two-hour tour options for 2011.
The Architecture tour will offer guests the opportunity to learn how the Glass House campus serves as a fifty-year diary of architectural history by exploring the architects, theories and history; buildings, materials and technologies; and preservation challenges of modern architecture.
The Art tour will illuminate how Johnson and his partner, David Whitney, played significant roles in cultivating and commissioning the work of world-renowned creative talent that defined an era. Visitors will examine works featured in the Glass House collection including those by Frank Stella and Andy Warhol.
The Landscape tour will feature a walk through the grounds and a discussion centered on the history, design, flora and fauna of Johnson’s forty-seven-acre landscape.
In addition to the newly added tours, which cost $45 per person, visitors may also choose from the following options: 90-minute guided Site tour ($30 per person); Two-hour guided Extended tour ($45 per person); Glass House Modern Friends Tour ($100 per person); Twilight Tour ($150 per person, October only); Private Tour ($250 per person); Glass House Private Tour + Four Seasons Dinner Package ($450 per person); and Group Tours (beginning at $30 per person).
Tickets may be purchased online at www.philipjohnsonglasshouse.org or by phone at 866-811-4111.
Photo of Glass House by Eirik Johnson