The first executed project by one of the dominant American architects of the twentieth century, 9 Ash Street was built by Philip Johnson for a required course on construction, and served as his residence while he was a student at the Graduate School of Design. Nearly a decade before, as curator of architecture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, he organized with Henry-Russell Hitchcock the influential exhibition on International Style modernism, an ideology he explored in this house. Behind the ten-foot-high perimeter wall, Johnson devoted two-thirds of the site to garden. The remaining third he divided into sleeping, utility, and social areas separated from the garden by a wall of glass under a flat roof.
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Philip Johnson House
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