Glass House offers virtual tours, video series


Although the Glass House is temporarily closed in response to COVID-19, it offers visual tours and a series of video programs from the past 10 years. In addition, there will be a film screening and a coloring project for children.


This video series aims to create an ambient and intimate tour of Philip Johnson’s Glass House property in New Canaan. These films are unique in that they combine film and the use of point cloud technology to allow tectonic and artistic examination of buildings to better understand the architecture and design of the site.

Performa and The Glass House will present a screening of Imitation of Lives, their 2017 co-commission with visual artist Jimmy Robert, on Friday, May 22 at 7 p.m. via performa-arts.org. In the performance, Robert transforms the Glass House into a stage for an intimate performance that delves into the intersections of architecture, visibility and black representation.

The Glass House Video Archive contains 100 videos produced since the site opened in 2007. Recent additions include a conversation with architect Craig Dykers of Snøhetta, architecture critic Paul Goldberger and historian John Maciuika as well as an interview with cultural historian Robert Rubin and critic Alastair. Gordon.

Kids can pass the time coloring New Canaan landmarks using a coloring book designed by New Canaan High School digital arts students under the direction of art teacher Jeanne McDonagh; special thanks to the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society.

New Canaan is a treasure trove of homes and buildings spanning centuries. Hand-built historic homes and modern masterpieces give New Canaan its unique charm and character. Discover a variety of building styles including Salt Box, Colonial, Victorian, Tudor and Modern via this educational manual; special thanks to Arianne Faber Kolb and the New Canaan Preservation Alliance.

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