Design Day Trips in Connecticut

Connecticut is known to many as a retreat from the city with cute seaports and classic New England flair, but few know that it’s a design destination, too. We’re partway through summer; have you visited these spots yet?

The Glass House

Located in New Canaan, this 1,800 square foot modernist glass box was built by renowned architect Philip Johnson in 1949. It’s part of a larger property that includes other sites such as The Brick House, Da Monster, the Pavilion In The Pond, the Painting Gallery, the Sculpture Gallery, Monument to Lincoln Kirstein, the Ghost House and the Studio. Visitors need to schedule their visits with a tour guide during the season (May 1 to November 30).

Grace Farms

Also located in New Canaan, this public project encompasses a dining room, a library, conference rooms, an amphitheater, a movie theater, an art studio, walking trails and basketball courts. The gorgeous serpentine-shaped complex was designed by the Pritzker-prize winning architect SANAA and was branded by Eddie Opara’s team at Pentagram.
Best part: It’s free admission!

Yale University

Yale University’s campus in New Haven is home to stunning (and free!) architecture to enjoy. At the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript library, books are encased in a central six-story glass tower. The building’s marble exterior is thin enough to let  diffused light through without damaging the books. Around the corner and a short walk away is the Yale University Art Gallery, Yale Center for British Art, and the Ingalls Rink by Eero Saarinen.

Notable Mentions

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield CT
Mark Twain House and Museum, Hartford CT
Unitarian Meeting House by Frank Lloyd Wright, Hartford CT
Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic CT
Blue Hill Stone Barns, Tarrytown NY (It’s close enough to southwestern CT, ok?)

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