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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Related Materials
  • Biographical / Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Philip Johnson architectural projects
    Dates: 1984-1995
    Collection number: 2002.M.39
    Creator: Johnson, Philip, 1906-2005
    Extent: 30.5 linear feet
    Repository: Getty Research Institute
    Research Libary
    Special Collections and Visual Resources
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, CA 90049-1688
    Abstract: American architect. Architectural drawings, study models, photographs, brochures, and miscellaneous papers, the bulk of which relate to the Franklin Square building, Washington, D.C., a project by John Burgee Associates with Philip Johnson. The collection also includes models and brochures for other projects by the firm, and papers relating to the Peter Lewis guesthouse, a project by the office of Philip Johnson.
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    Language: Collection material is in English.

    Administrative Information


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Philip Johnson architectural projects, 1984-1995, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Accession no. 2002.M.39

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in 2003.

    Processing History

    Processed by Vladimira Stefura. Collection is not fully processed or fully cataloged.

    Related Materials

    Philip Johnson Papers, 1908-2001, bulk 1925-1998, Getty Research Library, Accession number 980060.

    Biographical / Historical Note

    Born in 1906, Philip Johnson was one of the most prominent and outspoken architects of the post-World War II era. During his long career from the 1930s until his death in 2005, Johnson has been a major participant in the architectural debate of his time and has contributed to all major architectural movements during those years.
    In 1930 Johnson founded the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 1934 Johnson enrolled in architecture school at Harvard.
    He started as a follower of Mies van der Rohe's most austere modernism (ref his Glass House, New Caanan, CT, 949), broke with early modernism to design in what he called a more “humane” modernistic vocabulary, and was one of the leaders of postmodernism (ref the AT&T corporate headquarters, NYC, 1978) during the 1980s.
    Johnson was in partnership with John Burgee from 1967-1991. When in his 90s Johnson designed and built structures that showed his interest in the deconstructivist idiom.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    A collection of architectural materials: drawings, study models, photographs, slides, negatives, brochures and miscellaneous papers. The bulk of the collection relates to the Franklin Square building, Washington, D.C., a project by John Burgee Associates with Philip Johnson (1985-1986). The collection also includes materials relating to the Peter Lewis guesthouse, a project by the office of Philip Johnson (1991-1995). The Lewis guesthouse was an addition (never realized) to a house designed (redesigned and ultimately unrealized) by Frank Gehry. In addition, there are seven models for other buildings designed by John Burgee Associates with Philip Johnson, as well as 21 brochures regarding various projects of the firm. The bulk of the papers and drawings that document projects designed with John Burgee are in private hands.


    Arranged by project and type of material.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Burgee, John, 1933-
    Johnson, Philip, 1906-2005
    John Burgee Associates

    Subjects - Topics

    Architects and patrons
    Architectural practice—United States
    Architecture—Designs and plans
    Architecture—United States—20th century
    Architects—United States

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Architectural drawings—United States—20th century
    Study models—United States—20th century
    Photographs, Original
    Photographic prints


    Burgee, John, 1933-
    Gehry, Frank O., 1929-
    John Burgee Associates