Connecticut is a hotbed of fascinating architecture

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Connecticut is a hotbed of fascinating architecture
Architect Philip Johnson's iconic Glass House, in New Canaan, Conn., will celebrate its May 1 reopening with a slew of festivities
Connecticut is a hotbed of fascinating architecture
Architect Philip Johnson’s iconic Glass House, in New Canaan, Conn., will celebrate its May 1 reopening with a slew of festivities

With several stunning building debuts and revamps of classic gems in the last year, the Nutmeg State has become a top architectural destination within day-trip distance of New York City.

For design with a dose of springtime sun, head to Grace Farms — a New Canaan community center with 80 acres of outdoor space that opened its doors last October.

The pièce de résistance here is the striking River Building (courtesy of Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese architecture firm SANAA), which winds through the greenery like a snake.

The complex, which includes an amphitheater, library, dining room and tea pavilion, also programs poetry readings, films and classes.

Also in New Canaan, not far from Grace Farms, are several modernist-design homes by masters Philip Johnson, Marcel Breuer and Eliot Noyes.

Queen among them is Johnson’s iconic 1949 Glass House, which will reopen on May 1 following its winter hibernation. To honor its 10th year as a public museum, the transparent, angular house will play host to a swath of special events.

Most exciting, Japanese pop-art doyenne Yayoi Kusama will scatter her “Narcissus Garden” installation, made of 1,400 mirrored balls, on the house’s landscaped grounds. […]

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