Glass House + Grace Farms
Visit two significant achievements in architecture on a one-day study tour of Philip Johnson’s Glass House and the newly opened River Building, designed by SANAA, on the grounds of Grace Farms in New Canaan, CT.
The Glass House, built between 1949 and 1995 by architect Philip Johnson, is a National Trust Historic Site located in New Canaan, Connecticut. The pastoral 49-acre landscape comprises fourteen structures, including the Glass House (1949), and features a permanent collection of 20th-century painting and sculpture, along with temporary exhibitions.
Grace Farms is a welcoming new place, where a building designed by SANAA is seamlessly integrated into 80 acres of open space for people to experience nature, encounter the arts, pursue justice, foster community, and explore faith.
A diverse natural habitat in the northeast corner of New Canaan, Connecticut, this former horse farm is home to numerous varieties of flora and fauna. Approximately 77 of the 80 acres will be retained in perpetuity as open meadows, woods, wetlands, and ponds.
SANAA’s goal was to make the architecture of the River Building become part of the landscape without drawing attention to itself, or even feeling like a building, with the hope that those who are on the property will have a greater enjoyment of the beautiful environment and changing seasons through the spaces and experience created by the River. Under the continuous roof are five transparent glass-enclosed volumes that can host a variety of activities and events, while maintaining a constant sense of the surrounding natural environment.
Tickets for this program include transportation between sites and lunch at Grace Farms Commons.
10:00am – 10:30am – Arrival at Glass House Visitor Center
10:30am – 12:30pm – Tour the Glass House, Painting Gallery, Sculpture Gallery, and Da Monsta
12:30pm – Depart Glass House and drive to Grace Farms
12:45pm – 1:30pm – Tour River Building at Grace Farms
1:30pm – 2:00pm – Lunch in Grace Farms Commons
2:00pm – 2:45pm – Continue tour of River Building at Grace Farms
2:45pm – Depart Grace Farms and return to Glass House Visitor Center
3:00pm – Program concludes