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the Glass House Conversations

PHILIP JOHNSON is welcoming houseguests again, if only as (g)host emeritus. Since last summer, the Glass House (1949)—Johnson’s master’s thesis and country home in New Canaan, Connecticut—has been opened to the great unwashed via guided tours, thanks to the efforts of director Christy MacLear and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Part of a larger project by the National Trust to “preserve the modern” as McMansions threaten midcentury masterworks coast to coast, the Glass House will serve as a flagship and think tank, offering fellowships and organizing programs such as the Glass House Conversations, begun this year.

Before downgrading guests to forbidden “nuisances” (and this after having dubbed them “fish” that “should only last three days at most”), Johnson and his partner, curator David Whitney, frequently played host to what architecture professor Vincent Scully once called

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