Searching for Philip Johnson’s Glasses

October 22, 2020
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Are you helping your children find Philip Johnson’s glasses?

Finding the glasses of the iconic architect in 30 retail stores in New Canaan is one part of the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society’s month-long October4design celebration, which is intended to highlight the architectural, art and design features throughout the community.

The “search” for Johnson’s glasses started on October 9th and will continue until Friday, October 30th. Children who want to join the search can still pick up a Find Philip Johnson’s Glasses passport at The Glass House Visitor Center & Design Store, located at 199 Elm Street in New Canaan. Passports can be picked up this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Once in possession of a passport, children take it to the 30 participating retailers listed on the passport. When Johnson’s hidden set of glasses are found at each retailer, the passport will be stamped or signed. When all of the stamps or signatures are collected, the passport is to be returned to the Glass House Visitor Center & Design Store. The search ends October 30th.

Any child returning a completed passport will receive a prize and be entered in a drawing for one of three architectural gifts.

Nancy Geary, executive director of the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society, said the collaboration with the Glass House spotlights the architectural treasure that Johnson designed and built in New Canaan between 1945 and 1949. Johnson lived in the Glass House until his death in 2005.

For more information, visit https://livenewcanaan.org/event/find-architect-philip-johnsons-glasses/ or contact the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society at 203.996.1776, ext. 2.