Curbed National: Glass House Sculpture Gallery Restoration Preserving a Philip Johnson Masterwork

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An archival photo from 1970 shows the interior of Philip Johnson’s Sculpture Gallery, the largest building on the Glass House site. Its design was inspired by the Greek Islands. All photos by Horst Hahn and images courtesy the Glass House.

It would be fair to say the Sculpture Gallery at the Glass House estate has always stood in the shadow of the main residence, Philip Johnson‘s most famous work and one of the country’s pre-eminent Modern houses. But a new restoration of the asymmetrical, white brick studio shows the intricately designed project, with a unique roof that creates an arresting display of light and shadow within, is worthy of its own spotlight. Johnson himself supposedly once expressed a desire to live in the Sculpture Gallery full time, eventually rejecting the idea of relocating with the question, “Where would I have put the sculpture?”

Extensive archival photos, this way >>

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