The Glass House opens this spring with restored ceiling

The Glass House, the internationally recognized mid-century modern museum in New Canaan, CT, draws visitors from all over the world — but as time has passed, the ceiling has suffered some wear and tear in recent years. Thanks in part to an Art Conservation Project grant from Bank of America, the Glass House ceiling has been restored.

Staff at the Glass House began assessing the need for repairs in 2015. They discovered that the ceiling was sagging in several areas and noticed the presence of asbestos. The project included the replacement of the entire 1,800-square-foot plaster ceiling and took four months to complete.

“The Glass House is an international icon of modern architecture, where visitors come to study and celebrate architecture, art, design and landscape architecture,” said Glass House Executive Director Gregory Sages. “The new replaced ceiling will enable visitors to experience Philip Johnson’s intended design and functionality of the house and the objects contained inside.”

Now fully restored, the project was funded in part by the Bank of America Art Conservation Project — a unique program that provides grants to nonprofit museums throughout the world to conserve historically or culturally significant works of art that are in danger of deterioration.

“We’re proud to help preserve this culturally significant and unique piece of history so that visitors can continue to experience the Glass House firsthand,” said Bill Tommins, Southern Connecticut Market President, Bank of America. “We believe the arts matter, as they inspire, educate and enrich the communities we serve, while connecting individuals to each other on a deeper level.”

The Glass House sits within a 49-acre landscape with 14 other structures, and features a permanent collection of 20th-century painting and sculpture along with temporary exhibitions. Built between 1949 and 1995 by architect Philip Johnson, the property is a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The campus serves as a catalyst for the preservation and interpretation of modern architecture, landscape and art; and as a canvas for inspiration and experimentation, honoring the legacy of Johnson (1906–2005) and his partner, David Whitney (1939–2005).


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