In episode 8, travel to New Cannan to visit the world famous Philip Johnson’s Glass House, check out the digs of a successful actor who built himself an eccentric caste (Gillette Castle), explore signature architecture and art at the Yale Center for British Art, wander through the Essex historic district and finish with a stop at Roseland Cottage.
The Glass House, built between 1949 and 1995 by architect Philip Johnson, is a National Trust Historic Site located in New Canaan, CT. The pastoral 49-acre landscape comprises fourteen structures, including the Glass House (1949), and features a permanent collection of 20th-century painting and sculpture, along with temporary exhibitions.
It looks like a medieval fortress, but a step inside the stone castle reveals the built-in couches, table track way, and woodcarvings that all point to the creative genius that was William Gillette.
The Yale Center for British Art is a public art museum and research institute for the study of British art and culture. Presented to Yale University by Paul Mellon (Yale College, Class of 1929), the Center houses the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom. Historic Essex, Connecticut is the largest and most storied port on the Connecticut River. Situated amidst the stunning natural beauty of estuary wetlands, it has provided a deep-water harbor for shipbuilding, transport, and recreation for more three centuries. Today it attracts a thriving recreational yachting community and is one of Connecticut’s most alluring historic districts.
Built in 1846 in the newly fashionable Gothic Revival style, Roseland Cottage depicts the summer life of Henry and Lucy Bowen and their young family. Prominently situated across from the town common, Roseland Cottage epitomizes Gothic Revival architecture, with its steep gables, decorative bargeboards, and ornamented chimney pots.