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Glass House Chronology

1906  Philip Johnson born on July 8 in Cleveland, Ohio

1923  Enters Harvard College, concentrating in history and philosophy

1928–30  Travels throughout Europe visiting modern architects, including J. J. P. Oud, Walter Gropius, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Le Corbusier, at times accompanied by Alfred H. Barr, Jr., and Henry-Russell Hitchcock

1930  Graduates from Harvard College

1930–34  Appointed the first Director of the Department of Architecture at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), NY

1932  Organizes Modern Architecture: International Exhibition at MoMA with Henry-Russell Hitchcock and publishes The International Style: Architecture Since 1922

1939  David Whitney born on March 28 in Worcester, Massachusetts

1940  Philip Johnson returns to Harvard to study architecture under Marcel Breuer and Walter Gropius

1943 Receives Bachelor of Architecture from Harvard University, Graduate School of Design

1945  Begins schematic design of the Glass House

1946  Purchases five acres in New Canaan, Connecticut

1946–54 Returns to position as Director of the Department of Architecture at MoMA

1947 Finalizes design of the Glass House

1948 Groundbreaking for the Glass House and Brick House

1949  The Glass House and Brick House completed

1953  Brick House interior remodeled

1955  Pool completed

1955  Johnson purchases Popestead

1958–2005 Johnson serves as a Trustee at MoMA

1960  David Whitney and Philip Johnson meet

1962  Pavilion completed

1965  Painting Gallery completed

1968–71  Johnson serves as a Trustee at the National Trust for Historic Preservation

1970 Sculpture Gallery completed

1977  Entrance Gate completed

1980  Library Study completed

1981  Johnson purchases Calluna Farms for David Whitney

1984  Ghost House completed

1985  Lincoln Kirstein Tower completed; Brick House bathroom remodeled

1986  Philip Johnson donates the Glass House to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, retaining a life estate

1989  Succulent Garden at Calluna Farms completed

1990  Whitney purchases Grainger

1991 Peony Garden at Grainger completed

1995  Da Monsta completed

1996  Doghouse completed

2005  Philip Johnson dies on January 25, at age 98

2005  David Whitney dies at age 66 on June 12; as directed, his New York and Connecticut estates support the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s preservation and programming of the Philip Johnson Glass House

2007  The National Trust for Historic Preservation opens the Philip Johnson Glass House to the public

 

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