The Philip Johnson Complex at New Canaan Connecticut--Introduction and Index
Philip Johnson acquired a five acre property here in 1946, which was eventually expanded to 47 acres with many more structures than the two original ones--the most famous, what came to be known as the Glass House--and the neighboring Brick House. The landscape is a crucial part of the complex with the Glass House situated prominently on a hill as a kind of transparent pavilion to view the surroundings. The Glass House may be the best known modern house in the world but it's not really a single house but a complex designed over several decades. Peter Blake calls it "a kind of Living Museum of Modern Architecture; it contains first-rate examples of everything from Schinkel Revival to Miesian perfection to Paul Rudolph's exercises in concrete-block construction" 32-4). The Glass House, a perfect example of the International Style, was Johnson's residence from 1949 until his death in 2005.
Works Consulted or Quoted:
Peter Blake, Philip Johnson. Basel: Birkhüser Verlag, 1996.
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