Documentation of the early and later
career of architect Philip Johnson, especially representative of his early work,
particularly his Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut, and a number of little known, never
constructed projects. The collection consists of photographs, printed and audiovisual
materials, clippings, correspondence, legal documents, and manuscripts.
Philip Johnson is one of the most prominent and outspoken architects of the post-World War
II era. During his long career from the 1940s until the present, Johnson has been a major
participant in the architectural debate of his time and has contributed to all major
architectural movements during those years. He started as a follower of Mies van der Rohe's
most austere modernism, broke with this trend to design in a more "humane" modernistic
vocabulary, and was one of the leaders of postmodernism during the 1980s. In his 90s Johnson
has designed and built structures that show his interest in the deconstructivist idiom.
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Open for use by qualified researchers. Audio visual materials in Series IX are not
available until reformatting is complete.