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Philip Johnson House

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1941, Philip Johnson. 9 Ash St.
  • Philip Johnson House

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.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Philip Johnson House", [Cambridge, Massachusetts], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Massachusetts

Buildings of Massachusetts: Metropolitan Boston, Keith N. Morgan, with Richard M. Candee, Naomi Miller, Roger G. Reed, and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2009, 348-348.

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