PRELIMINARY INVENTORY OF PHILIP JOHNSON ARCHITECTURAL PROJECTS, 1984-1995

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INVENTORY OF THE PHILIP JOHNSON ARCHITECTURAL PROJECTS, 1984-1995

Accession no. 2002.M.39

Finding aid prepared by Vladimira Stefura
Getty Research Institute

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  • Getty Research Institute
  • Research Library
  • Special Collections and Visual Resources
  • 1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
  • Los Angeles, California 90049-1688
  • Phone: (310) 440-7390
  • Fax: (310) 440-7780
  • Email requests: http://www.getty.edu/research/conducting_research/library/reference_form.html
  • URL: http://www.getty.edu/research/conducting_research/library/
Processed by:
Vladimira Stefura
Date Completed:
2003
Encoded by:
Aptara
©2006 J. Paul Getty Trust

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

Access

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.

Arrangement

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

Contributors

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


Box 1

IBM Tower model, 1984

Physical Description: Styrofoam, paint size 16” x 3.25” x 3.25” scale: 1/20” = 1’
Box 2-20*

Franklin Square Office Building, Washington, D.C. 1985-1986

Scope and Content Note

Models, photographs, and drawings, including oversize.
Box 2-7, 18*

Franklin Square Office Building models, 1985

Scope and Content Note

Seven models.
Box 2

Franklin Square Office Building corner study model, 1985

Physical Description: white plastic size: 10” x 5” x 5” scale: 3/8” = 1’
Box 3

Franklin Square Office Building column/ cornice study model, 1985

Physical Description: white plastic size: 8.5” x 2.5” x 2.5” scale: 3/8” = 1’
Box 4

Franklin Square Office Building facade study model, 1985

Physical Description: white plastic size: 13” x 8.25” x 4’ scale: 1/16” = 1’

Scope and Content Note

Building with 2 facades.
Box 5

Franklin Square Office Building entry study model, 1985

Physical Description: plastic, paint size: 7” x 6” x 5” scale: 1/16” = 1’
Box 6

Franklin Square Office Building facade color study model, 1986

Physical Description: plastic, paint size: 6.5” x 6.5” x 2.5” scale: 1/4” = 1’

Scope and Content Note

Client is Hines Interests.
Box 7

Franklin Square Office Building grille study model, 1986

Physical Description: plastic, paint size: 6” x 6” x 1/4” scale: 1/4” = 1’
Box 18*

Franklin Square Office Building: lobby ceiling color study model, 1986

Physical Description: plastic, paper, paint, Styrofoam size: 16” x 16” x 2” scale: 3/4”= 1’

Scope and Content Note

Donald Kaufman was the color consultant.
Box 8, Folder 1-13

Franklin Square Office Building photographs

Physical Description: 12 photographs
Box 8, Folder 1-2

Model of north facade

Physical Description: 2 photographs

Scope and Content Note

Photographer: Robert Walker, N.J.
Box 8, Folder 3

Color drawing of entry plan, elevation, reflected ceiling plan

Physical Description: 1 photograph

Scope and Content Note

Unidentified photographer.
Box 8, Folder 4

Drawing of lobby perspective

Physical Description: 1 photograph

Scope and Content Note

Renderer: Louis Blanc; photographer unidentified.
Box 8, Folder 5

Drawing of lobby plan

Physical Description: 1 photograph

Scope and Content Note

Showing marble colors. Photographer unidentified.
Box 8, Folder 6

Color drawing of lobby plan, elevation, reflected ceiling plan

Physical Description: 1 photograph

Scope and Content Note

Photographer unidentified.
Box 8, Folder 7

Northeast view

Physical Description: 1 photograph

Scope and Content Note

Photographer: Richard Payne, TX.
Box 8, Folder 8

High view across the park

Physical Description: 1 photograph

Scope and Content Note

Photographer: Richard Payne, TX.
Box 8, Folder 9

Entry, looking up

Physical Description: 1 photograph

Scope and Content Note

Photographer: Richard Payne, TX.
Box 8, Folder 10

North facade looking east

Physical Description: 1 photograph

Scope and Content Note

Photographer: Richard Payne, TX.
Box 8, Folder 11

Northeast, upper corner

Physical Description: 1 photograph

Scope and Content Note

Photographer: Richard Payne, TX.
Box 8, Folder 12

Lobby, color xerox

Scope and Content Note

Photographer: Richard Payne, TX.
Box 19*, Folder 1-13

Franklin Square study drawings, 1985, undated

Physical Description: 13 drawings

Scope and Content Note

Drawings numbered 1-13.
Box 19*, Folder 1

Plan scheme C-2, circular atrium, 1985

Box 19*, Folder 2

Section scheme C-2, circular atrium, 1985

Box 19*, Folder 3

Elevation scheme C-2. circular atrium, 1985

Box 19*, Folder 4

Plan: ground floor scheme F, cross vault. 1985 Aug 30

Box 19*, Folder 5

Plan typical floor scheme F, cross vault, 1985 Aug 30

Box 19*, Folder 6

North elevation scheme F, 1985 Aug 30

Box 19*, Folder 7

Section scheme F, 1985 Aug 30

Box 19*, Folder 8

Plan: ground scheme F-3, 1985 Sep 2

Box 19*, Folder 9

Plan: typical scheme F-3, 1985 Sep 2

Box 19*, Folder 10

Section: West scheme F-3, 1985 Sep 2

Box 19*, Folder 11

Section: North schem F-3, 1985 Sep 2

Box 19*, Folder 12

Elevation: North scheme F-4, 1985 Oct

Box 19*, Folder 13

Unlabeled section scheme F-4, undated

Box 20*, Folder 1-8

Franklin Square study drawings, 1985, undated

Physical Description: 31 drawings
Box 20*, Folder 1

Section looking West, 1985 Nov 5

Box 20*, Folder 1

North elevation, undated

Physical Description: 3 drawings

Scope and Content Note

Long gable, double center column with two arches, and double center column two arches and double columns.
Box 20*, Folder 2

North elevation, double center column-two arches columns and rusticated piers, undated

Box 20*, Folder 2

North elevation, 1985, undated

Physical Description: 4 drawings

Scope and Content Note

Variations with columns and arches.
Box 20*, Folder 3

North elevation with four short arches, undated

Box 20*, Folder 3

North elevation with three arches, undated

Box 20*, Folder 3

North elevation with four canopies entry and gambrel roof, undated

Box 20*, Folder 3

North elevation with four canopies entry and stepped roof, undated

Box 20*, Folder 3

North elevation with four canopies entry and mansard roof, 1986 Jul 28

Box 20*, Folder 4-5

Franklin Square design development set, revised 1986 Dec 2, 1986 Oct 24

Box 20*, Folder 4

Plan floor 12, sheet no. 16, revised 1986 Dec 2

Box 20*, Folder 4

Roof plan, sheet no. 17, revised 1986 Dec 2

Box 20*, Folder 4

North elevation, sheet no. 18, revised 1986 Dec 2

Box 20*, Folder 4

East elevation, sheet no. 19, revised 1986 Dec 2

Box 20*, Folder 4

South elevation, sheet no. 20, revised 1986 Dec 2

Box 20*, Folder 5

West elevation, sheet no. 21, revised 1986 Dec 2

Box 20*, Folder 5

Entry elevation, sheet no. 25, revised 1986 Oct 24

Box 20*, Folder 5

Entry elevation sheet no. 25, revised Dec 2 1986.

Box 20*, Folder 5

N.E. corner elevation, sheet no. 26, revised Dec 2 1986.

Box 20*, Folder 6

Franklin Square, 1986, undated

Box 20*, Folder 6

Elevation and section of ornament at lobby ceiling, 1986 Sep 30

Box 20*, Folder 6

Entry exonometric, undated

Box 20*, Folder 6

Lobby elevation studies, undated

Box 20*, Folder 6

Entry elevation, undated

Box 20*, Folder 6

Lobby plan study, undated

Box 20*, Folder 7

Free standing directory board, undated

Scope and Content Note

Lobby directory board study.
Box 20*, Folder 8

North curtainwall section, sheet no. 38, revised 1986 Dec 11

Flat file folder 1**

Franklin Square, 1985, undated

Physical Description: 2 drawings
Flat file folder 1**

Elevation: lobby scheme F-4, 1985 Sep 26

Flat file folder 1**

Elevation: north and east, one arch entry, undated

Flat file folder 2**

Franklin Square, 1988, undated

Physical Description: 3 drawings
Flat file folder 2**

Lobby details, undated

Flat file folder 2**

Lobby guards desk, 1988 Jun 17

Flat file folder 2**

Exterior corner elevation, undated

Flat file folder 3**

Franklin Square, undated

Physical Description: 4 drawings
Flat file folder 3**

North elevation study

Flat file folder 3**

Lobby plan

Flat file folder 3**

Lobby section

Flat file folder 3**

Reflected ceiling plan

Roll 1

Franklin Square, undated

Physical Description: 2 drawings

Scope and Content Note

Lobby elevation, plan, reflected ceiling plan.
Box 9

Oklahoma City Office Building study model, 1987?

Physical Description: Styrofoam size: 3” x 3” x 13” scale: 1/16” = 1’
Box 10

Chicago Office Building study model, 1987?

Physical Description: Styrofoam size: 3” x 3” x 13” scale: 1/16” = 1’
Box 11

Los Angeles Building study model, 1987?

Physical Description: Styrofoam size: 3” x 5” x 13” scale: 1/16” = 1'
Box 12

Detroit Office Building study model, 1989?

Physical Description: Styrofoam size: 3” x 3” x 13” scale: 1/16” = 1’
Box 13

Louisville Building study #1 model, 1994

Physical Description: Styrofoam, paint size: 2” x 2” x 10” scale: 1/20” = 1’
Box 14

Oklahoma City study #2 - circular plan mode, undated

Physical Description: Styrofoam with coffee stain size: 3” x 3” x 15” scale: 1/16” = 1’
Box 15

Lewis Guest House, 1991-1995

Physical Description: ca. .5 ft

Scope and Content Note

Philip Johnson Architects. Architectural materials including: KP5 [Kodak Paper] prints, photocopies, handwritten notes, color laser prints, drawings, computer drawings, color negatives, color photographs, color slides, and 1 book. Items numbered 1-85, numerous duplicates.
Box 16-17

Brochures regarding various projects

Physical Description: 21 items