|Avery Drawings & Archives Collections|
At a Glance
Drawings are organized by project.
This collection contains approximately 5100 drawings, including preliminary design drawings and unbuilt studies, presentation drawings, and working drawings, for more than 100 individual projects designed by Philip Johnson, some in collaboration with John Burgee. Locations include the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, and Venezuela. Major commissions included in this collection are the Glass House in New Canaan, CT; the New York State Pavilion for the 1964 World's Fair, Queens, NY; the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center, NYC; Asia House, NYC; the H.L. Moses Building at Montefiore Hospital, Bronx, NY; the master plan for Welfare Island, NYC; the Munson-Williams Proctor Institute, Utica, NY; the Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX; and buildings for Sarah Lawrence College, Seton Hill College, the University of St. Thomas, and Yale University. Also of note in this collection are many presentation renderings by Helmut Jacoby and other architectural renderers. A subset of this collection includes drawings created for the 1996 monograph on Philip Johnson by Peter Blake.
The architectural renderings in this collection are cataloged separately by project name in CLIO. Please search under this creator in CLIO and/or by project name to locate these additional records
Using the Collection
Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library
Restrictions on Access
This collection is available for use by appointment in the Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. For further information and to make an appointment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Permission to publish must be obtained in writing from the Director, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, 1172 Amsterdam Ave., MC 0301, New York, NY 10027.
Philip Johnson architectural drawings. Located in Dept. of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
New York architect Philip Johnson (1906-2005) was among the most influential American architects of the twentieth century. He studied architecture at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design and took his first professional position in 1930 as the founding curator of the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. He also practiced professionally for more than sixty years, designing residential, corporate, and institutional buildings in the United States and internationally. He may be best-known for the design of his own home, the Glass House, in New Canaan, CT. His architectural and critical influence on the field of modern architecture was significant and far-reaching. Johnson was awarded the Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects and the first Pritzker Architecture Prize.