Tour of the Philip Johnson Glass House, New Canaan, Connecticut, October 25, 2014
The weather was warm and sunny with leaf color at its peak for our Class of 1976 tour of Philip Johnson’s Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut on October 25th. Johnson, one of the most notable architects of the twentieth century, designed several modernist gems on his 47-acre estate; among the most well-known is his glass and steel country home, called the Glass House. The transparent glass cube is set within a rolling landscape with views of fields and woodlands. Nearby, Johnson designed two small art galleries, an additional enclosed house of brick, and a library pavilion. Twelve classmates and six guests shared the experience of a docent-led tour of this unique property, which is a National Trust Historic Site.
This mini-reunion event was organized by classmate Valerie Hall Connolly who also arranged a lovely pre-tour brunch at Le Pain Quotidian in downtown New Canaan, a short walk to the Glass House Visitors’ Center. Almost all of the tour participants attended the brunch. In honor of 2014 as the 60th birthday year for many in our class, the group shared a tray of small cakes and tarts complete with candles to celebrate our birthday year.