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In New Canaan, Connecticut stands a beautiful house with windows as walls. The Glass House is the most notable work of American Architect Philip Johnson who designed and built it along with many other structures in 1949. The house is a National Trust Historic Site preserved as an interpretation of modern architecture, landscape and art.

The Glass House is a little less than 1,800 square feet with a cylindrical brick service core housing a bathroom and hearth. The rest of the house is 360 degree views out the glass windows surrounding the exterior. Johnson chose the land and the location of the house because of his superstitions. He believed that by building his house on the shelf of a hill it would bring good spirits, as they will be intrigued by the hill. Johnson continued to build structures on his 49 acres of land as architectural essays. He even built a guest house, which he deliberately designed to be less than comfortable since he rarely had guests over and didn’t want them to stay more than a couple days. In 2005 Johnson passed away in his sleep at the Glass House. The house is open to visitors for tours around the entire property from May through November.

Sources: NY Times & The Philip Johnson Glass House

medium_3b457f2f-9775-4532-a57d-4f7b5561e6a3The Househappy team is sad to be leaving Dublin today! We had such an amazing few days at the Web Summit, we thought we’d commemorate our time here with another Property of the Week from Ireland.

Located in the heart of the Meath countryside in a village called Rathmolyon near the historic town of Trim, this Georgian castle dates back to the 1750s. Though it was initially a fairly modest home, the Tobertynan House was majorly upgraded in 1810 when the battlements and corner turrets were added by the owner at the time, James MacEvoy, a distinguished doctor and co-founder of the college of surgeons. The house has also been connected to a number of people with regal ties including Sir Bernard Burke and the 4th Duke de Stacpoole.

The Tobertynan House is a castellated structure with two stories over a basement of three bays with battlements. There are four magnificent cylindrical corner turrets and a three story battlemented addition to one side. The 7 bedroom, 3 bathroom home includes an entrance hall, drawing room, cloakroom, separate dining and breakfast rooms, and a wine cellar. Beside the house is a modern stable yard with 7 stables, a sand arena, and fenced turn out paddocks.

Though the home is in need of some repair and renovations, the bones of the house are pretty incredible. For $515,174 (€375,000), the Tobertynan House could fulfill anyone’s dream of being a king or queen––or at least living like one.

The Tobertynan House is listed by Ganly Walters.

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Franklin Castle

For all the ghouls, ghosts, werewolves, vampires, goblins, and monsters out there, HGTV Front Door has compiled a list of America’s Scariest Homes: 12 Real Life Haunted Houses. Check out these spooooooooooky homes:

The Chelsea Hotel, NYC

The Chelsea Hotel, NYC: Built in 1884, this hotel has been home to many notable artists, writers, and musicians over the years. Visitors have claimed to have spotted the ghosts of Dylan Thomas, Eugene O’Neill, and Thomas Wolfe.

Winchester Mystery House

Winchester Mystery House: This 160 room Victorian Mansion includes eerie architectural features, secret passageways, labyrinth-like hallways, and a seance room. It was rumored to have been built for the spirits themselves.

Amityville House

The Amityville House: In 1974, six members of the DeSeo family were found slain in this home. A year later, the new occupants quickly moved out after making claims of paranormal activity, including strange odors, unexplained drafts, and an apparition of a strange pig-like demon.

The Cassadaga Hotel

The Cassadaga Hotel: This hotel sits at the center of a small, spooky town known for its paranormal activity. It is the home to many mediums, psychics, and spiritualists, who claim the hotel has a powerful energy vortex.

The White House

The White House: Perhaps the most famous residence in the United States, the White House is apparently known for its haunted activity. There have been numerous reports by visitors, staff, and residents of seeing the ghosts of Abraham Lincoln, Abigail Adams, and Andrew Jackson.

Myrtles Plantation

Myrtles Plantation: Built in 1797, this plantation has been home to dozens of deaths including illness, poisoning, and murder. Residents and visitors claim to have witnessed many strange occurrences: disappearing jewelry, waking to find themselves completely tucked into bed, moving furniture, a piano that plays on its own, and mysterious handprints, among others.

The Joshua Ward House

The Joshua Ward House: Former home of wealthy sea captain Joshua Ward, this house was built in 1784 and was originally owned by George Corwin, the High Sheriff during the Salem Witch Trials. After his death, Corwin’s remains were housed in the basement. Rumor has it that his spirit still haunts the house.

The La Laurie House

The LaLaurie House: One of the spookiest homes in the French Quarter, the La Laurie Mansion was home to Dr. Louis and Delphine LaLaurie in the early 1830s. The LaLauries were rumored to have brutally mistreated their slaves, resulting in various deaths and suicides. The house has been haunted by screams of agony and apparitions ever since.

Franklin Castle

Franklin Castle: Built in 1865, four of the Tiedemann children died in this home, and owner Hannes Tiedemann was rumored to have killed both his 13 year old niece in a hidden passage and his mistress in the tower.  Visitors of Franklin Castle often claim to see an eerie woman in black staring out the tower window, small children crying, and strange happenings like doors flying off hinges and spinning lights.

The Whaley House

The Whaley House: Now a museum, San Diego’s Whaley House was designated an official Haunted House by the U.S. Department of Commerce in the 1960s due to frequently heard heavy footsteps of the ghost of “Yankee Jim” Robinson who was hung on the property in 1852, before the house was built.

The Lemp Mansion

The Lemp Mansion: Built in St. Louis in the 1860’s, it was home to the William Lemp family, wealthy brewers of which many committed suicide.

Villisca Axe Murder House

Villisca Ax Murder House: On June 12, 1912, all six members of the Moore family and two young houseguests were found bludgeoned to death by an axe in their home. Their murderer was never found, but the house still boasts wandering spirits, children’s crying voices, and a door that mysteriously opens and closes.

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