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Booth House, Bedford, NY, USA

Apr 20, 2017 – The first residence designed by architect Philip Johnson is the Booth House in rural Bedford, New York.

The home was built in 1946, three years prior to his world-famous pared down house in New Canaan, reports 6sqft.

First residence designed by architect Philip Johnson

Like the Glass House, it boasts Johnson’s iconic floor-to-ceiling glazing, location atop a grass podium, and internal organization around a central fireplace.

But unlike the Glass House, now a historic house museum, the Booth House is not protected, and moreover, its title is in litigation which means it could very well face the wrecking ball.

First house designed by architect Philip Johnson

Archpaper reports that the long-time owners have listed the home for $1 million in hopes that a preservation-minded buyer will step up.

All images by Robert Damora, courtesy of the Damora family

source: First residence designed by architect Philip Johnson

Johnson designed the house for Richard and Olga Booth, a young couple who wanted a weekend house near Manhattan.

Booth House in Bedford, NY

Architectural photographer Robert Damora and architect Sirkka Damora purchased the house in 1955 and lived there for 55 years.

In 2010, the widowed Sirkka Damora put the 1,440-sqft (134 m2) house, an 800-sqft (74 m2) studio building, and their 1.92-acre (0.78 ha) lot up for sale, with an asking price of $2 million.

Booth House, Bedford, New York State, USA

The house’s concrete block and plate glass exterior is supported by steel beams and columns, and its interior features a large masonry fireplace.

Website: Booth House by architect Philip Johnson – wikipedia

Oct 20, 2016
Modular Glass House
Design: Philip Johnson Alan Ritchie Architects – PJAR
Modular Glass House by Philip Johnson Alan Ritchie Architects
image from architect
Modular Glass House by Philip Johnson Alan Ritchie Architects

Jan 21, 2016
Influential American architect the late Philip Cortelyou Johnson was namedropped by David Bowie back in 1995, in the song “Thru’ these Architect’s Eyes”.

In the first verse, the pop music legend names both this late American architect and UK-based architect Richard Rogers:

“And stomping along on this big Philip Johnson/Is delay just wasting my time/Looking across at Richard Rogers/Scheming dreams to blow both their minds.”

“Thru’ These Architect’s Eyes” is on David Bowie’s concept album, Outside.

Philip Johnson Architect – News re The Glass House

Philip Johnson Glass House, New Canaan, Connecticut, USA – news
Philip Johnson Glass House
photograph courtesy The National Trust for Historic Preservation
Philip Johnson Glass House – 27 Aug 2012
New program reintroduces fresh flowers to the Glass House; floral displays to be inspired by and reflect design sensibility of the American architect and David Whitney. It coincides with the Glass House tour season, May to Nov 2012. Generously supported by Architectural Digest magazine.

Key Architecture Projects

Key Philip Johnson Buildings – all in USA (chronological):

Mathematics Tower, Columbus, Ohio 1992
PPG Place, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1984
AT&T Building, New York 1984
John F Kennedy Memorial, Dallas, Texas 1970
New York State Pavilion, New York 1964
Seagram Building, New York 1958
Rockefeller Guest House, New York 1950
Johnson House, New Canaan, Connecticut 1949

Seagram Building

Philip Johnson New York Buildings

Manhattan Architecture Designs by this studio, alphabetical:

1001 Fifth Avenue Façade, 1001 Fifth Avenue
Date built: 1978-80
Design with John Burgee
Postmodern New York architecture

AT&T Building, Madison Avenue, Midtown
Date built: 1980-83
Design: with John Burgee, architect
AT&T Building New York
scanned image from 1989 by Isabelle Lomholt
AT&T Building : very famous Postmodern building with its so-called ‘Chippendale Chair’ top. Its marriage of a regular (efficient = profitable) skyscraper with a iconic piece of architecture ‘plonked’ on top made it highly unpopular amongst many architects but regarded by many others as invigorating, moving away from the solemnity of typical Modern movement buildings – which had largely become stripped-down variants to money-making shells by the early Eighties. This Manhattan tower has since been renamed the Sony Building.

Lipstick Building, New York
Date built: 1986
This NYC building is quite an elegant Midtown tower, brown coloured, curvilinear, East of Madison Avenue
Also known as 53rd at Third it is a 453-foot (138 meter) tall skyscraper located at 885 Third Avenue, between East 53rd Street and 54th Street, across from the Citigroup Center in Manhattan, New York City, United States. It was completed in 1986 and has 34 floors. The building was designed with John Burgee Architects. The building receives its name from its shape and color, which resemble a tube of lipstick.

New York State Pavilion : World’s Fair, Flushing Meadows, Corona Park, Queens
Date built: 1964
Design: Philip Johnson & Richard Foster Architects
1964-65 World’s Fair
1982 : Building interior renovation Johnson/Burgee Architects

New York State Theater

Also by this architect are the Lincoln Center plaza + fountain, 1965

Rockefeller Guest House, 242 East 52nd Street
Date built: 1949-50
Philip Johnson, Architect with Landis Gore and Frederick C. Genz, Architects

Seagram Building, 375 Park Avenue, New York
Date built: 1954-58
assistant to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Architect

More architecture projects info for this US architect online soon

Penzoil Place, Houston, Texas, USA

Another building by architect Mies van der Rohe is the Barcelona Pavilion
Philip Johnson became an associate for architect Mies van der Rohe on the Seagram Building in 1955: he worked on interiors such as the Four Seasons Restaurant. Philip had met Mies in 1928

Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA

US Architect Practice Information

The Architect

He was the Pritzker Prize Winner in 1979.

Philip Cortelyou Johnson
Philip was born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

MoMA Department of Architecture and Design founder

Famous for promoting Postmodernist style


American Institute of Architects Gold Medal
First Pritzker Architecture Prize

Website: The Pritzker Architecture Prize


Harvard Graduate School of Design

Key Exhibition

‘The International Style: Architecture Since 1922’, Museum of Modern Art, New York
with Alfred H. Barr, Jr. and Henry-Russell Hitchcock

Architect Philip Johnson in his Glass House, New Canaan, Connecticut, USA:
Philip Johnson Glass House
photograph : Todd Eberle

New York State Architecture Designs

Habana Riviera Hotel, Cuba
Date built: 1957
Design with Polevitzky

Modern Architects – major architecture firms globally

The architect was a Mies van der Rohe associate

New York Architects Offices – key NYC design practices

Website: Philip Johnson Architect

Iconic Buildings

Modern Houses
Farnsworth House
image © gm+ad architects

Buildings / photos for the Philip Johnson Architecture page welcome