Art and architecture near Yale, in New Haven.
Connecticut Design Tour
Credit: Eirik Johnson

Most travelers who arrive in Connecticut have one destination in mind: Yale University. Check out its top-notch cultural centers like the Yale Center for British Art, but be sure to detour off Connecticut’s pass-through highways to view some of the country’s best examples of modern design, too.

Yale University Art Gallery

Louis Kahn’s understated 1953 masterwork reopened several years ago following a meticulous restoration. The permanent collection houses more than 185,000 American, African, Asian, and European works.

Yale Center for British Art

In New Haven, the Yale University campus boasts landmarks by Modernism’s leading lights, including the 1978 Louis Kahn-designed center, which is largely made of concrete and white oak and has a dazzling matte-steel-and-glass façade.

Philip Johnson's Glass House

This New Canaan landmark catalogues almost 50 years of experimentation by the elder statesman of American architecture; tours include the iconic glass house (built in 1949) and a Gehryesque visitors’ pavilion.

Homestead Inn

116 Crown

Urban chic design meets oysters and tapas.