Glass House Conversations


The Glass House has been described as “the longest running salon in America.” Great minds and leaders from art, architecture and design gathered in New Canaan, CT at the invitation of Philip Johnson and David Whitney, to engage in intimate and dynamic dialogues. These gatherings launched careers, promoted cultural patronage, and fostered intellectual transformation that have had enormous influence on art, design and culture during the second half of the 20th century.

In 2008 and 2009, the inaugural Glass House Conversations program continued this legacy of gathering great minds to explore important issues and ideas in art, architecture and design during invitational two day events. This program helped to position the site as both context and catalyst for innovation, new ideas and change by bringing divergent perspectives to the table with moderators and participants from across society.


Cliff Pearson | Architectural Record

Barbara Campagna, National Trust for Historic Preservation; Bonnie Cohen, Preservationist; Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang Architects; Ted Hathaway, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®; John Lilly, Mozilla; Leonard Lopate, WNYC; Qingyun Ma, USC School of Architecture; Colleen Macklin, Parsons, The New School for Design; Alan Webber, Fast Company; Frank Turner, Beinecke Library, Yale University

Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope® was the exclusive sponsor of Glass House Conversations.