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The Glass House by The National Trust for Historic Preservation Rizzoli, 2011 Hardcover, 80 pages In 1986 Philip Johnson donated his New Canaan, Connecticut estate to the National Trust for Historic Preservation . It opened to the public in 2007, two years after the death of Johnson (at 98, just shy of his 99th birthday) and his companion David Whitney (who died six months later, at the age of 66).
Philip Johnson's Brick House (image: Andy Romer)
Philip Cortelyou Johnson (July 8, 1906 – January 25, 2005) was an influential [ 1 ] American architect . In 1930, he founded the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and later (1978), as a trustee, he was awarded an American Institute of Architects Gold Medal and the first Pritzker Architecture Prize , [ 2 ] in 1979. He was a student at the Harvard Graduate School of Design .
The underpinnings of “less is more” were laid out in Thoreau’s in 1854 (as thoroughly observed in Theodore M.
The Brick House Restoration Project will serve as a model for the preservation of Modernist heritage.
Philip Johnson’s Brick House is finally getting its turn in the spotlight. One of the first buildings constructed on the architect’s weekend property in New Canaan, Connecticut, the Brick House sits just a few yards away from Johnson’s iconic attention grabber, the Glass House. From the outside, the Brick House is as unassuming as its name suggests, acting as a pendant to its more famous sibling and containing the mechanical equipment for both buildings in its basement. Once a more private retreat for Johnson, his partner David Whitney, and their guests, no one used the Brick House in the years leading up to Johnson’s death in 2005.
Philip Johnson was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1906 to Homer H. Johnson, a gregarious, successful lawyer, and Louise Pope Johnson, thirty-two, a reserved and well-born intellectual with a deep interest in art who was six years younger than her twice-widowed husband.
by Gwen North Reiss
The New York Times , October 12, 2011 “Perhaps to maintain the illusion that he needed nothing more than his house of windows, the Brick House was rarely shown in photos of its more-famous neighbor.