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Happy Birthday Philip Johnson! A Curbed Reader

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Bespectacled Modernist icon Philip Johnson would have turned 109 this year, but based on the attention that's been showered on his work over the last few months, it appears that his influence shows no sign of waning. From one of his residential masterpieces hitting the market earlier this summer, to the preservation battle over his storied interior design for the Four Seasons restaurant in New York, to news that his long-abandoned World's Fair pavilion is getting a second life, Johnson's influential work continues to be in the news. Here's a roundup of Johnson coverage from the Curbed universe, including images of some of his most important designs.



Philip Johnson's Elevated, Exceptional Wiley House Asks $14M
Originally measuring just 3,000 square feet of glass, steel and stone, Philip Johnson's Wiley House has left an oversize footprint on architecture. For those in the market for iconic modern masterpieces, this home is currently on the market.


Philip Johnson's Other Career: Landscape Architecture?
Was the modernist true to his word when he said he believed architecture and landscape architecture were one art? Two case studies show how Johnson viewed the task of designing the landscape.


The Half-Glass House, Philip Johnson's First Creation
While his New Caanan icon still gets all the attention, Johnson's artful way with glass and steel first revealed itself during the design of this three-bedroom brick-and-glass creation in Bedford, N.Y.


Is Philip Johnson's Campiest Creation Worth $27.5M?
This relentlessly arched Dallas mansion, designed in the early '60s for construction magnate Henry C. Beck and his then-wife, Patty, may be one of the oddest structures in Johnson's oeuvre.


Everybody Say Goodbye to This Unwanted Philip Johnson House
Built in 1946, three years before his famous Glass House, Philip Johnson's beachfront Farney House in Sagaponack, New York, helped define Long Island Modernism.


Philip Johnson's Other Design in New Canaan Asks $1.6M
Six decades ago, a trustee of the Wiley Development Corporation of New Canaan bought a slip of land and commissioned Johnson, who had designed Wiley's personal residence down the street two years prior, to build a home that could be replicated for families in the area.


Johnson's Glass House Stages a Misty Disappearing Act
Last year, an installation staged by Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya shrouded the famous home in a cloud of artificial fog. Johnson once said that the home had "very expensive wallpaper." Think of this as a temporary redecoration.


On its 50th Birthday, a Look at the Starchitecture of the '64 World's Fair
Created with the colors and levity of a circus tent and the sweeping, space-cadette scope of the architectural era, Johnson's design for the New York State Pavilion became the 1964 World's Fair's keystone structure.


This Little Piggy Built a Glass House
Illustrator Steven Guarnaccia has cleverly imagined what The Three Little Pigs would look like if seen through an architectural lens. In Guarnaccia's telling, (left to right) Philip Johnson builds a house of glass, Frank Gehry, a house of scraps, and Frank Lloyd Wright, a house of stone and concrete, until the Big Bag Wolf huffs and puffs Fallingwater down.