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September 19, 2011

Glass House News: Support the Brick House restoration fund.

The Brick House at the Philip Johnson Glass House from The Philip Johnson Glass House on Vimeo.

Located in New Canaan, Connecticut, the Philip Johnson Glass House is actually comprised of two structures – one made of glass, the other made of brick – which Johnson conceived as one design. The Brick House (aka the Guest House) sits across a landscaped courtyard from the Glass

House and its opaqueness serves as a counterpoint to the transparency of its companion. Johnson lived in the Glass House until his death in 2005, and this inspiring must-see home has been open for tours since 2007. The Brick House however, is in need of serious repair due to moisture issues, and funds are being raised to ensure its preservation and survival. To learn more about saving this National Trust Historic Site, go to blog.dwr.com or philipjohnsonglasshouse.org.

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The west facade with full-height door. Photo: Julius Shulman and Juergen Nogai, 2007.

All photos courtesy of the Philip Johnson Glass House, National Trust for Historic Preservation Conversations in Context at the Philip Johnson Glass House. 

Design Within Reach is proud to be the sponsor of Conversations in Context at the Philip Johnson Glass House. Continuing the legacy of what has been described as “the longest running salon in America,” these conversations were started by Philip Johnson and David Whitney, who would invite architects, designers and artists to gather at their New Canaan home. Learn about these and other programs at philipjohnsonglasshouse.org.

Comments

Maintenance on these specialty structures is always immense because they always present new unprecedented issues that can be difficult to deal with so it is exciting to see someone recognizing this and pushing forward with the maintenance of architectural history.

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