Inside, you’ll find a table, two Cross Check Armchairs by Frank Gehry (one of which is the original prototype) and books – lots of books. Arranged by architect, by style and by location, the books celebrate the extent of Johnson’s interests, from The Mosques of Egypt to The Sense of Unity to The Royal Palaces of India. Books you won’t find amid these are the ones about Johnson himself; those were stored elsewhere.
The Library-Study has no restroom because Johnson wanted his “monk’s cell” to be a space without distractions, but it does have a fireplace that Johnson used year-round. There’s but a single window, facing away from the Glass House and overlooking the Ghost House, or “anti-deer” house, which rests on the old foundation of a cow barn. This small window “allows one to observe the weather and Nature,” wrote Johnson, who capitalized “Nature” because Frank Lloyd Wright always did.
There’s a balanced energy in this space – a quiet calm that I imagine has something to do with the pulling in of sunlight from the skylight and the letting go of heat and smoke from the fire.
Something many people don’t know: There are two libraries on the Johnson property. The other one is in the Pavilion, an arched precast concrete “playhouse” built on the pond in 1962. It’s divided into four sections that Johnson named the dressing room, the living room, the library and the bedroom. When asked how to tell which was which, Johnson replied, “It’s very clear when you’re in there.”
To schedule a tour of the Glass House, go to theglasshouse.org.