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Study Tour - Glass House + Noyes House
Monday, September 11, 2017 at 1:00PM

The Glass House Visitor Center
199 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT 06840

Visit two important examples of New Canaan mid-century residential architecture on a one-day study tour of Philip Johnson’s Glass House (1949) and the Eliot Noyes House (1954).

Tickets for this program include tours of both sites, shuttle transportation between sites, and light refreshments.

Program Itinerary
1:00pm – 1:30pm – Arrive to Glass House Visitor Center (199 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT 08640)
1:30pm – Tour begins at the Glass House Visitor Center + group travels to the site via shuttle
3:30pm – Tour of the Glass House concludes
3:30pm - 3:45 – Travel to the Noyes House via shuttle
3:45pm – 5:30pm – Tour of the Noyes House lead by Fred Noyes FAIA, LEED AP, son of Eliot Noyes. Light refreshments.

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.

The Eliot Noyes House is the one of the very best houses of the Modern era. It is seminal, incorporating the principles of Modernism interpreted with Noyes' unique touch of understated elegance. To this day the house is highly provocative--even controversial. Noyes, making a statement about organizational clarity, divided public and private areas in separate enclosures– with no internal connection.

The house melds seamlessly with its surrounding landscape. Long unbroken stone facades mimic typical New England stonewalls. And the open courtyard brings nature into the center of the house. Natural materials—just a few, stone, wood and glass--give the house its tactile quality. The juxtaposition of the heavy stonewalls to the transparent glass walls emphatically contrasts the solidity of the first with the fragility of the latter.

The house is historic with references to Greek, Roman and Chinese courtyards. Yet it is sublime, specifically designed to accommodate the turmoil of everyday family life. Few buildings touch so many bases so clearly in so direct a structure. Simplicity and a rigorous adherence to design principles – Eliot Noyes’s trademarks– are both evident here.