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Philip Johnson’s Wiley House in New Canaan, CT (Listed for $14 Million)

This is a close look at the back of the house that shines from its glass structures and walls that are supported by dark beams. Images courtesy of

Architecture fans who appreciate the modern designs of The Harvard Five can now own the Wiley Speculative House, designed by Philip Johnson.

The modest 2,225-square-feet home with detached duplex guesthouse carries an asking price of $1.575 million. The U-shaped home in New Canaan, CT, provides three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Its guest house provides two bedrooms and its own generator.

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The rear exterior of the home features ceiling to floor glass walls to allow its residents to connect with nature without needing to exit the home’s warmth during winter. Its wood exterior complements the wooded landscape and grassy lands of the 2.5-acre property.

Built in 1954, the home was initially an attempt to design a comfortable and unique home that could be replicated for a reasonable cost. Although the replicated for a reasonable cost part did not work out, the home’s owner and commissioner of the project so loved it that it remained with the original owner for 60 years.

Best known for his home Glass House, Johnson innovated Modern design with his four Harvard associates. The post-World War II design aims to avoid the traditional American designs and provide airy views intended to encompass nature rather than hide it with curtains and shears.

Even its exterior hardscapes such as the driveway encompass nature. Shrubs line the edges of the driveway, merging it with the land. Small elements of the home such as its blue door jar the senses, but in a way that evokes the sky amidst a sea of wood tones.

Its interiors use open space that the owner can use as a dining room, living room, or family room. In the rear of the home, its glass walls slide open to connect indoors with the outdoors. The cozy kitchen features black marble counters and backsplash with beige wood cabinets. The interior uses open post-and-beam construction. The home features hardwood floors throughout and two fireplaces.

Its primary bedroom features built-in shelves and shoe racks. The owner updated the kitchen and the bathrooms. The architect-designed homes for family life. His Speculative house is no different than his other designs in this manner.

The guest house could be used as a guesthouse or as home offices for a two-career couple. The duplex guest house has its own generator which can provide the main power source or a backup in emergencies. This makes it ideal as a home office space since the residents would not lose data while working.

Although set on a roomy wooded property, the home provides access to nearby shopping. It provides a reasonable commuting distance to nearby metropolitan areas.

Sotheby’s International Realty represents Philip Johnson’s Wiley Speculative house. Its listing agent is Diane Jenkins.