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Glass House

The Glass House or Johnson house, built in 1949 in New Canaan, Connecticut, was designed by Philip Johnson as his own residence and is a masterpiece in the use of glass.  It was an important and influential project for Johnson and his associate Richard Foster, and for modern architecture.  The building is an essay in minimal structure, geometry, proportion, and the effects of transparency and reflection.  The estate includes other buildings designed by Johnson that span his career.

The house is an example of one of the earliest uses of industrial materials like glass and steel in home design.  Johnson lived at the weekend retreat for 58 years and since 1960 with his longtime companion, David Whitney, an art critic and curator who helped design the landscaping and largely collected the art displayed there.   (“Glass House,” )

 
Glass House. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved February 28, 2011, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glass_House
 
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