Michael Moran

by | 06. Nov 2012

The Camera

Photographer Michael Moran has been documenting Philip Johnson’s spread in New Canaan, Connecticut over a period of several years. The result can be seen in a privately printed book, of only 2,000 copies, that has become a collectors item.

Michael Moran talks about the evolution of the book.
arcspace is very excited to be able to show you Michael Moran’s photographs of “The Glass House”; one of the most famous houses in America.

Part One of the exhibition is “The Glass House” alone. Part two “Pavilions in the Landscape” shows several of the individual structures, on the 40-acre landscaped complex,

Philip Johnson has built since he purchased the first lot in 1946.

The house forms a nucleus of 40- acre landscaped complex that contain many other structures. Michael Moran’s photographs present the Glass House in this greater context, and demonstrate that neither part – the house nor its surroundings – would make sense alone.
/Hilary Lewis, Philip Johnson’s biographer

Part One
Michael Moran
Philip Johnson’s Glass House

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Part Two
Michael Moran
Pavilions in the Landscape
Philip Johnson’s Glass House

The individual structures, built over a period of fifty years, are all part of Philip Johnson’s personal appreciation of architectural history. Through the years he has been designing, building and working the forty acre property surrounding the Glass House.


The Philip Johnson property is open to the public through the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The Guest House  1949


The Guest House 1949

The Guest House (Brick House),  remodelled in 1953, contains a bedroom, reading room and bathroom connected by a narrow corridor.  


The Pavilion  1962
The six foot tall Pavilion is situated by a man-made pond.


The Pavilion


The Painting Gallery 1967

The exterior of the Painting Gallery is a grass covered mound topped by a low parapet with a monumental stone entrance.


The Painting Gallery 1967

Philip Johnson designed the Painting Gallery to house his collection of modern paintings.


The Sculpture Gallery 1970

The plan for the Sculpture Gallery is a pentagon of two grids set at 45 degree angles to each other. 


The Sculpture Gallery 1970
The sculptures are placed in a series of bays.


The Sculpture Gallery 1970
The staircase was inspired by the Greek islands.


The Entrance Gate 1981

A modern, abstract reference to the medieval gate.


The Studio 1980

The Studio is a one room workspace.


The Studio 1980

The Studio library is filled with architecture books.


The Ghost House 1984

The Ghost House, described by Johnson as “the spirit of a classical house”, was built on an existing stone foundation.


The Monument 1985

The Monument, a tribute to New York City Ballet founder Lincoln Kirstein, has a winding stairway leading nowhere.


The Monument 1985


The Gate House 1995

The sculptural Gate House will serve as the visitors pavilion when the property opens to the public.


The Gate House 1995


The Gate House 1995


The Gate House 1995