1 This is Philip Johnson's Glass House, which was constructed in 1949. This building is iconic because of its innovative use of materials and its seamless integration into the landscape.
2 The house sits on a promontory overlooking a pond with views towards the woods beyond. The exterior sides of the Glass House are charcoal-painted steel and glass.
3 Just across the grassy court is the contrasting Brick House, which was designed to accommodate guests. Here I am arriving with Kevin Sharkey.
4 A very nice shot of Susan and Kevin
5 The Glass House is furnished primarily with designs by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe - 1886-1969. The living area includes Mies’ glass topped table, two Barcelona chairs, an ottoman, and a couch.
6 The painting, one of two artworks on view in the Glass House is by Nicolas Poussin - 1594-1665. This oil on canvas, called Bruial of Phocion. The brick cylinder is a fireplace on one side and...
7 A bathroom on the other. The brick cylinder is the only object in the house to reach floor to ceiling.
8 This is the sleeping area. The interior is open with the space divided by low walnut cabinets. The herringbone pattern brick floor is ten inches above the ground.
9 The dining area - In a glass house, the landscape views are the wallpaper and Johnson once said, "I have very expensive wallpaper."
10 Mies van der Rohe - Leather desk
11 This is an ashtray owned by Philip Johnson.
12 The other piece of art - Elie Nadelman 1882-1946 – Two Circus Women, 1930 – Papier måché on plaster armature with wooden base
13 Susan looked lovely for her autumn party wearing a dress by Donna Karan.
14 A small, circular pool on the side of the Glass House serves to soften its rectangular effect.
15 Allyn Magrino Holmberg and Erin McAndrew, of Christie's
16 New Canaan residents Pamela Valentine and Bill Matassoni live in a Philip Johnson designed home.
17 Katie Dunning and Beth Weiss
18 Beth and Steven Weiss
19 Christa Carr - Glass House Director of Communications and Christy Nichols - Glass House Docent
20 This is John Weiss, who works with Susan and Katy Dunning.
21 Sara Arnell and Susan
22 Looking towards the Library/Study – Completed in 1980 – Masonry construction – This structure, a one-room workspace and library, was referred to by Johnson as an “event” on the landscape. The interior walls are lined with bookcases filled with volumes on architecture.
23 Lake Pavilion – Completed 1962 – Pre-cast concrete – Built upon a man-made pond below the Glass House, Johnson liked to bring guests to the Pavilion for lunch parties.
24 Visitors would sit on cushions beneath the gold-leafed ceiling of the Pavilion and enjoy the mist and sounds from a fountain.
25 Bill Matassoni, Pamela Valentine, Michael Formica - interior designer, and Bob Hiemstra - photographer
26 Lisa and Julian Niccolini, of The Four Seasons Restaurant, and Jim and Susan Dunning
27 Yvonne Fielden, Annika and Michael Sotirhos, and Julian Niccolini
28 David Fox, Lisa Niccolini, and Krista Fox - interior designer
29 Christa Carr, Maggie Nolin - Glass House Development Associate, and Michael Hall - Events Manager
30 Julian Niccolini and Per Holmberg - Head of Christie's Wine Department
31 Susan, her mother Mary Cross, and her sister Allyn
32 The weather and the sunset could not have been more pleasant!
33 In fact, it was pretty spectacular!
34 Here I am with James Dunning III.
35 JohnWeiss, Steven Weiss, James Dunning Jr., and James Dunning III
36 Lisa and James Cohen
37 Following the autumn celebration, a group of us went to dinner at New Canaan's Elm Restaurant. Chef/owner Brian Lewis and his team were at work in a state-of-the-art kitchen, which is open to the private dining area we were seated in.
38 Here I am with James and Lisa Cohen.
39 Susan and Jim
40 Mary and Kevin
41 The great artwork at the Chef's Table is by Bonnie Edelman.
42 Per and Allyn
44 I actually wrote about Glassybaby as a good business example in my book, The Martha Rules.
45 Pina Manzone, of Westport, CT designed the interior of the restaurant and the lighting architect was Rick Hoag, also of Westport.