Philip Johnson

Philip C. Johnson (1906-2005) was an American architect known for unconventional designs that blended a variety of styles. Born in Cleveland, OH, he attended Harvard University, where he studied classics, and architecture under Walter Gropius. A champion of modern architecture, Johnson chaired the Department of Architecture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City from 1932 to 1934 and from 1945 to 1954. His buildings are generally large and luxurious, with vast interior spaces and a classical sense of symmetry.

Here we see two Johnson-designed buildings: (left) Kline Biology Tower (1966) at Yale University, and (below) the Glass House (1949) in New Caanan, CT.

Images from the collection of A Digital Archives of American Architecture, Boston College,

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