Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures Highlights the Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan

Release Date: 07/19/2013

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Contact: Lee Newton

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Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures Highlights the Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan

Premieres Thursday, July 25 at 8 p.m. on Connecticut Public Television (CPTV); encore broadcast on Sunday, July 28 at 10:30 p.m.

HARTFORD, Conn. (July 17, 2013) – Connecticut has an abundance of unique landmarks, nationally significant cultural resources and wonderful stories to tell. From historic landmarks and museums to parks and performing arts venues, the Constitution State is bursting with fascinating destinations and attractions.

Premiering on Thursday, July 25 at 8 p.m. on Connecticut Public Television (CPTV), with an encore broadcast on Sunday, July 28 at 10:30 p.m., this week’s edition of Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures features the Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan.

Built in 1949, the Philip Johnson Glass House is a monumental example of modern architecture. As Architectural Digest described it, Johnson’s design “distilled the principles of modernism into a residence of radical simplicity.”

Set on a sprawling 49-acre lot in New Canaan, the 32 x 56 foot single floor house includes a kitchen, dining area and sleeping room and is made entirely of glass windows and steel beams. The Glass House initially caused such a stir due to its unconventional architectural design that architect and house resident Philip Johnson had to put up a sign that read “Please Respect the Privacy of the Owner. The House will be Open to the Public on Certain Days.” Johnson designed the groundbreaking structure, as well as the other buildings on the lot, including The Brick House, The Study, The Sculpture Gallery, The Painting Gallery and “Da Monsta,” a structure built entirely without right angles. The Sculpture Gallery and The Painting Gallery were used to store artwork that Johnson and his companion collected over their lives.

Johnson became one of the most noted architects of the 20th century, designing a number of landmark structures, including New York’s Seagram Building and the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California. Upon his death in 2005 at age 98, Johnson passed ownership of The Glass House to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which opened it to visitors in 2007.

Made possible by the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN), the parent company of Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) and WNPR, and the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures is a series of 50 five-minute vignettes that profiles a variety of the state’s most notable cultural resources. These vignettes are designed to deepen an awareness and appreciation for Connecticut cultural resources for state residents, while also promoting the state’s tourism economy. 

The project strives to encourage Connecticut residents and visitors to look at the state more closely, in ways that go beyond the obvious star attractions – as important as those are. In addition to art museums, performing arts venues and historical museums, the series includes remarkable historic districts, nationally significant landmarks, historic parks, cemeteries and the Connecticut River.

Funding for the Johnson Glass House edition of Connecticut's Cultural Treasures is provided by CPTV, Connecticut Tourism, the State Historic Preservation Office, Melinda and Paul Sullivan and People’s United Bank.

About the Department of Economic and Community Development

The Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is the lead state agency responsible for strengthening Connecticut’s competitive position in the new economy.  It does so by developing and implementing strategies to attract and retain businesses and jobs, preserving and promoting cultural and tourism assets, ensuring quality housing and revitalizing neighborhoods and communities.

 About Connecticut Public Television

CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN). It is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including original documentaries, public affairs shows and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television.

The station offers 11.5 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 450,000 households each week. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves 276,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show, The Colin McEnroe Show and Where We Live. CPBN also includes two affiliate channels: CPTV4U, a 24/7 television channel featuring award-winning drama, news and talk programming, concert performances, independent films, nature shows, British comedy and more; and CPTV Sports, Connecticut’s only 24-hour local sports network, covering statewide high school, college, semi-professional and professional sports. For more information, visit cptv.org.

 

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