About the House

The Glass House was designed and built by architect Chester J. Wisniewski (1921 – 2015)

Construction

Land was purchased in the late 1950’s. Construction began in 1959 and was completed in 1960 or early 1961. Much of the house was prefabricated in a woodshop in Manhattan including the square roof panels, posts, “umbrella” members, and the steel fittings used to connect the structural elements. The house was assembled by Mr. Wisniewski and a small crew composed of his architecture students and his brothers.

Design

The house is designed with the goal of full integration with nature. Floor to ceiling glass walls bring light and nature into the house in a way that needs to be experienced. The central courtyard brings nature physically inside while the interior and exterior decking extent the living space directly into the surrounding woods. The sun rises and shines into bedrooms, and sets over distant ocean views shining horizontally through the main living space transforming the wood to gold.

The Glasshouse is an unusual example of mid century modern architecture. Unique in the consistency of style and execution throughout the entirety of the building. The house won the Progressive Architecture Award in the residential category in 1961.

Mr. Wisniewski was an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright, a founding partner of Brody, Davis, Wisniewski (now Brody Davis Bond), and a professor of Architecture at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art for 24 years.