To the Editor:
In “Architect and Activist,” his letter to the editor on April 5, Ed Chrostowski lets drop that he once met architect Philip Johnson, chatting with him over tea at Johnson’s renowned Glass House in New Canaan. However, this brief encounter does not give him bragging rights of being an expert on Johnson. In fact, the first paragraph of his letter contains three glaring errors that, as an educator at the property, I am concerned could keep some people away. First, the property is 49 acres, not 77 as he claims. Furthermore, it is open to individuals on an easily negotiated website, not just to groups or by appointment, as Chrostowski states. These errors make Johnson’s legacy seem snooty and inaccessible, but in fact, the last I heard, 13,000 visitors, from almost every state, and many countries, tour the property annually and come away feeling privileged for having done so.