3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, Mid-century Modern Glass House, 5 Min Drive From Beach
About Joe Wisniewski
Grew up in Montclair NJ, living in north of shore of MA for past 20 years. Attended University of New Hampshire for undergrad, and Dartmouth College for graduate school (Tuck). The house was designed and built by my father Chet Wisniewski in 1962. Chet was an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright from 1946-47 at Talisen West in Arizona. He was an Architect and founding partner at David, Brody and Wisniewski (now Davis, Brody & Bond) in New York. He was also a Professor of Architecture at The Cooper Union for twenty-five years. The glasshouse has been a family vacation spot and summer residence since it was built in 1962.
Joe Wisniewski purchased this House in 1959
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Paradise is a place called the Glass House.
You don't normally think of the place where you stay on vacation as PART of your vacation. Typically, it's a means to an end. Well, that's simply not true when it comes to the Glass House. It is an extraordinary place, an architectural feat. And above all, a wonderful place to spend a few days or a few weeks. My memories of MV will be related as much to the house, as to all of the beautiful things that we saw and did on the island. Morning coffee with a mother deer and two fawns eating in the garden just few feet away, perfectly visible thanks to the glass walls of the house. Psychedelic sunsets with a drink on the house's wrap around terrace. And all the comforts of home with the attention that has been given by the owners to everything you could possibly need or want when you stay. Absolutely heavenly. My husband and I can't wait to return!
This house is a unique experience. The photos are accurate and the scale drawing correct, but these cannot capture what it is like being inside the house or as one could say, “outside-in” the house: no painted wood, no drywall, all walls are glass, the screened interior courtyard is the interior hallway. Curtains are there for privacy and for blocking the summer sun, but we found we would much rather have the curtains open to enjoy the transparent connection with the surrounding trees.
Photos of the great room show its size but don’t show how well it works for different activities. A member of our group worked weekdays on one couch, children played with legos on the floor near another, and others were in the dining room-kitchen area.
The three bedrooms held comfortably 4 adults and 2 children, ages 7 and 4. We were worried about the glass walls versus the children, but that worked out fine. We all learned pretty quickly to check ahead if a door or screen was opened or closed before entering. Much thought and work have gone into the design and modernization of this home: upgraded electric outlets, new deep mattresses, a beautifully adapted iron bathtub, attractive and private outdoor shower, polished wood floors, plenty of storage, new washer and dryer, new sheets and towels, great lighting and comfortable, well designed furniture.
If staying in the home not in July or August, we recommend bringing a fleece jacket because trips between rooms are through the screened, outside temperature courtyard.
Unique and Private Getaway
The Glasshouse is a remarkable hidden gem on the Vineyard. Nestled amongst the trees, both the building and the landscape provided for a wonderful weekend away.
As an architect, the building itself was a joy to explore. Teeming with beautiful details reminiscent of the high modern but humble in execution, it is a wonderful space to inhabit. Instead of being a cold, mid-century modern home that relies on the landscape to soften the edges, the use of wood complements the glass, bringing the exterior into the building and truly integrating oneself within the landscape.
The layout is rational and functional with all of the rooms opening to an interior courtyard, which provides the interior circulation path amongst trees and a screened-in private garden. The rooms are small and modest, and the kitchen is very basic. We made use of the wrap-around porch frequently, as well as the barbecue. The outdoor shower adjacent to the home is also a uniquely wonderful experience, and highlights the building's integration with the site.
We were a group of three architects, interested in the history of the building and exploring the nearby beaches. The house fit our needs very well and our stay went wonderfully. Aquinnah was a short drive away and had lovely beach with restaurants and a historic lighthouse Whether you are looking for a quiet weekend away, or a home that fits itself into a unique niche within the history of architecture, or simply a nice place to relax and unwind slightly off of the beaten path, I highly recommend this rental.
An Architectural Gem in Beautiful Countryside
As a practicing architect, I was delighted to stay in such a thoughtful and elegantly designed building. You really feel like you are projected out into the gorgeous landscape of Martha's Vineyard with no one around you. For those of you that know the magic of outdoor showers, get ready to be blown away. There is a wonderful little shower screened from the house that really became the cherry on top of an amazing experience.
Two bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, dining room, and living space that is surrounded by a lovely deck. Could easily host a family of four.
Beautiful House in fantastic setting
Really incredible mid-century modern house with lots of beds, space to roam and incredible charm. Can't say enough good things about how easy access from the house is to the beach, stores and cute town of Menemsha. A worthwhile destination for anyone wanting to experience the "real" Martha's Vineyard.
Martha's Vineyard most will never see
The Glasshouse transported us back in time to when Martha’s Vineyard was a simpler place, an artist’s colony. We had rain early one morning. It was beautiful having fresh coffee and standing on the deck watching the water fall in the inner courtyard and in the woods all around us. Afterward we went to the outdoor shower for a long hot shower while listening to the rain on the leaves. You really feel as though you are a million miles from anywhere.
The house itself is remarkable and we constantly found ourselves discovering new things such as the bowling pin main table, wooden carvings, old books and toys, shell collections and mystery items !?! It is a good place for friends, a good book or an old board game.
It is amazing that we could go from the total seclusion of the Glasshouse to the town and the beach at Menemsha which is just a ten minute walk away. It was easy to buy fresh seafood to bring home and cook with pasta or grill on the barbecue. We had to make a strenuous effort to actually leave and see other parts of Martha’s Vineyard.
The owners were wonderful and we got to learn about the history of the house and the nearby area. They also gave us great insight about where to go what to do around the island and when to visit more popular attractions. We are looking forward to going back again.