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Finding aid for the Philip Johnson architectural projects, 1984-1995
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical / Historical Note
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  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Philip Johnson architectural projects
    Date (inclusive): 1984-1995
    Number: 2002.M.39
    Creator/Collector: Johnson, Philip, 1906-2005
    Physical Description: 30.5 linear feet
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    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

    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.

    Administrative Information


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

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    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.

    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 note

    Arranged by project and type of material.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Burgee, John, 1933-
    Johnson, Philip, 1906-2005

    Subjects - Corporate Bodies

    John Burgee Associates

    Subjects - Topics

    Architects and patrons
    Architects--United States
    Architectural practice--United States
    Architecture--United States--20th century
    Architecture-Designs and plans

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Architectural drawings--United States--20th century
    Photographic prints
    Photographs, Original
    Study models--United States--20th century


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