Archinect - News 2017-07-27T20:57:50-04:00 Philip Johnson's New York State Pavilion will get a $14.25M renovation DianePham 2017-05-01T10:47:00-04:00 >2017-05-01T11:57:37-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The iconic NY State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park is set to undergo a $14.25M renovation funded by [NYC]. Repairs will begin next spring, which will include some structural conservation work and electrical and architectural improvements. The pavilion, which was originally designed for the 1964 World&rsquo;s Fair by Philip Johnson and Lev Zetlin, has been ignored for the past few decades, largely in part because of the city&rsquo;s failure to find the money for repairs.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A new era for an architectural icon is just over the horizon.&nbsp;</p> The Booth House, Philip Johnson's first constructed commission, now up for sale Nicholas Korody 2017-04-17T17:35:00-04:00 >2017-04-17T17:38:25-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="510" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Built in 1946 in Bedford, New York, the 1450 sq. ft. Booth House was Philip Johnson&rsquo;s first constructed commission. In 1955, photographer Robert Damora and his wife, the architect Sirkka Damora, moved in, intending for it to serve as temporary housing until they could build a home of their own design. After falling in love with the spare design, they stayed&mdash;until now. At age 93, Sirkka Damora is unable to manage the home physically or support it financially. The Booth House has been put up for sale and Damora is on the hunt for a new owner respectful of the value of the design.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The Booth House is similar to the Glass House in many ways. It&rsquo;s built on a wide, grass-covered podium and features a large central fireplace as well as lots of glass. Unlike the Glass House, the Booth house has private rooms as well as generous storage. The Damora family were respectful of the original design even as their family grew. So they expanded by adding a subterranean lower level. They also built a s...</p> Visiting Philip Johnson's other glass house in midtown Manhattan Julia Ingalls 2017-03-28T14:16:00-04:00 >2017-03-28T14:16:48-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Walk through the towering door now, and Midtown falls away. The transition is not abrupt; a visitor is met first with a bank of wooden cupboards, easing newcomers off the street and into the vastness of the house itself. Then, space. The main room provides an unimpeded vista through 100 feet of natural-lit openness, a glass wall, a courtyard and pond, and a small separate structure beyond. The effect &mdash; of muted light, of air, of cleanness &mdash; is moving.</p></em><br /><br /><p></p><p>Fresh from her daily column at&nbsp;<a href="http://Walk%20through%20the%20towering%20door%20now,%20and%20Midtown%20falls%20away.%20The%20transition%20is%20not%20abrupt;%20a%20visitor%20is%20met%20first%20with%20a%20bank%20of%20wooden%20cupboards,%20easing%20newcomers%20off%20the%20street%20and%20into%20the%20vastness%20of%20the%20house%20itself.%20Then,%20space.%20The%20main%20room%20provides%20an%20unimpeded%20vista%20through%20100%20feet%20of%20natural-lit%20openness,%20a%20glass%20wall,%20a%20courtyard%20and%20pond,%20and%20a%20small%20separate%20structure%20beyond.%20The%20effect%20%E2%80%94%20of%20muted%20light,%20of%20air,%20of%20cleanness%20%E2%80%94%20is%20moving." rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Paris Review</a>, Sadie Stein visits a Philip Johnson-designed apartment/artistic showcase in midtown Manhattan known as the "Rockfeller Guest House."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Combining a rich historical narrative with some evocatively observed design, this piece is, as befits its author, a delightful and engaging read (and the photos aren't bad, either).</p> Philip Johnson-designed Interfaith Peace Chapel vandalized in Dallas Alexander Walter 2017-01-09T21:13:00-05:00 >2017-01-11T01:15:00-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="445" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dallas police were at Cathedral of Hope [...] investigating graffiti painted onto the church&rsquo;s&nbsp;Interfaith Peace Chapel. The building was vandalized at about 11 p.m. on Wednesday night, according to the Rev. Neil Cazares-Thomas, CoH&rsquo;s lead pastor. [...] The spray-painted message included a Louisiana phone number and referred to a car as a &ldquo;Brown Chivy Suburbin.&rdquo; The name &ldquo;Johntion Kimbrou&rdquo; &mdash; possibly &ldquo;Kimbrow&rdquo; &mdash; was also painted on the church, along with a reference to &ldquo;kitty porn.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Image via Dallas Voice</em></p> A glimpse of the winning New York State Pavilion revival ideas Justine Testado 2016-08-08T17:06:00-04:00 >2016-08-09T23:08:05-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architects and non-architects alike sent their boldest ideas on how they would revive the Philip Johnson-designed [New York State Pavilion] into a contemporary public space. From a burger museum to a Metro station to variations of botanical gardens, after reviewing over 250 submissions the jury awarded the coveted first prize to &ldquo;Hanging Meadows&rdquo; by Aidan Doyle and Sarah Wan of Seattle.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The results are out for the New York State Pavilion Ideas Competition! As expected, the open ideas competition attracted an interesting mix of submissions envisioning how the New York World's Fair icon should be repurposed.&nbsp;Here's a glimpse of the top three prize winners.</p><p>1ST PLACE: Hanging Meadows by Aidan Doyle and Sarah Wan, Seattle, WA</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>2ND PLACE: Civic Hub by Javier Salinas, New York, NY</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>3RD PLACE: Pavilion for the Community by Rishi Kejrewal and Shaurya Sharma, Bhopal, India</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Find out more<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> on Bustler</a>.</p><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another chance at re-envisioning Philip Johnson's &ldquo;Tent of Tomorrow&rdquo;</a></p> The Seagram Building after the Four Seasons: maintaining a costly landmark Alexander Walter 2016-07-19T14:09:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T00:14:36-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="999" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mr. Rosen would not mind getting a little credit for maintaining the 59-year-old building, a landmark inside and outside, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson. With its rich materials and exquisite detailing, the building demands scrupulous attention. And money. RFR executives estimated that it cost about 20 percent more to maintain the seemingly spartan Seagram Building than it would a typical office tower of roughly the same size and age. Less is more.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Iconic furniture, art, tableware and even a sausage grinder: hundreds of lots from Philip Johnson's Four Seasons head to auction</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Modernist treasures from Philip Johnson's iconic Four Seasons Restaurant headed for auction</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Landmarked Four Seasons restaurant must not be changed, NYC landmarks commission rules</a></li></ul> Iconic furniture, art, tableware and even a sausage grinder: hundreds of lots from Philip Johnson's Four Seasons head to auction Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-13T13:33:00-04:00 >2016-07-18T13:38:01-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If you've got a few thousand dollars lying around and want to grab a piece of lunchroom history, now's your chance.</p><p>Perfectly summed up by <em>Vanity Fair</em>&nbsp;as &ldquo;Absolute ground zero for power lunching&rdquo;, Philip Johnson and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's iconic Four Seasons restaurant will end its lease in Mies' Seagram building this summer.&nbsp;While the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designation from the The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission</a> protects the interior of the restaurant from any structural changes, the Four Seasons <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">still has to unload</a> an awful lot of bespoke furniture and tableware&mdash;everything from salt cellars to wine glasses to barstools and serving carts.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Over 800 pieces and sets from the Four Seasons kitchen and dining areas will be auctioned off on July 26 in New York. Rifling off just a few of the items and estimated values, there are:&nbsp;Garth and Ada Louise Huxtable flatware and serving carts ($1,000-1,500 for a set for 12, same estimate for 1 cart),&nbsp;Hans J. Wegner chairs ($2,000-3,000 for a set of t...</p> Another chance at re-envisioning Philip Johnson's “Tent of Tomorrow” Justine Testado 2016-07-06T14:59:00-04:00 >2016-08-08T17:09:35-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The question still holds: What does the future entail for Philip Johnson's New York State Pavilion? Following the&nbsp;1964-65 World's Fair, the elliptical &ldquo;Tent of Tomorrow&rdquo; lived shortly as a concert venue and a roller-skating rink before it eventually slipped into abandonment. But, the aging landmark has another chance at finding a shiny new purpose in the&nbsp;New York State Pavilion Ideas Competition.&nbsp;</p><p>Among recent efforts to preserve the landmark, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the People for the Pavilion co-launched the competition&nbsp;asking&nbsp;architects (and non-architects) how the pavilion can be revived into a contemporary public space.&nbsp;Before the winning ideas are revealed in August, the public can <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">vote now</a> for the Fan Favorite until July 15.&nbsp;</p><p>As these open idea competitions tend to show all too <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">exhaustingly often</a>, the possibilities are seemingly endless. The 250 submissions include a brewery, a Metro station, a Glass House reference, drone arenas, botanical gardens, and...</p> Frenemies Forever: Hugh Howard brings famed relationship between Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson to life in 'Architecture's Odd Couple', on One-to-One #28 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-20T15:07:00-04:00 >2016-06-26T14:56:49-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Architecture writer and historian Hugh Howard has written many books on American architecture, telling stories that meld design and cultural history together in highly accessible and humanistic ways.</p><p>His latest book, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Architecture's Odd Couple: Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson</em></a>,&nbsp;tracks the fruitful and contentious relationship between the two architectural frenemies&mdash;beginning with Wright&rsquo;s role in Johnson&rsquo;s pivotal &ldquo;Modern Architecture&rdquo; exhibition at MoMA in 1932, up until Wright&rsquo;s death in 1959. Through their relationship, Howard provides an excellent overview of midcentury architecture's context in the United States, and personalizes the architectural giants in the process.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a>&nbsp;#28 with&nbsp;<strong>Hugh Howard</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;and subscribe to the new&nbsp;"Archinect Sessions One-to-One" podcast</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Frank L...</p> Modernist treasures from Philip Johnson's iconic Four Seasons Restaurant headed for auction Alyssa Alimurung 2016-06-15T15:48:00-04:00 >2016-06-15T15:48:07-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Now that the iconic restaurant&rsquo;s impending demise is only weeks away, its furniture, tableware, and custom-made Knoll furniture will be included in the 500 lots headed for auction next month on July 26. News had surfaced last summer when Seagram Building owner Aby Rosen did not renew the lease for the quintessential Midtown &ldquo;power lunch&rdquo; spot for the last decades of the 20th century since it opened in 1959.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Additional background on this news can be found here:&nbsp;<a title="Landmarked Four Seasons restaurant must not be changed, NYC landmarks commission rules" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Landmarked Four Seasons restaurant must not be changed, NYC landmarks commission rules</a></p> Philip Johnson, the fascist Nicholas Korody 2016-04-19T13:30:00-04:00 >2016-05-07T00:04:39-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="814" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Johnson returned home certain his life had been transformed. He found in Nazism a new international ideal. The aesthetic power and exaltation he experienced in viewing modernist architecture found its complete national expression in the Hitler-centered Fascist movement. Here was a way not merely to rebuild cities with a unified and monumental aesthetic vision for the Machine Age but to spur a rebirth of mankind itself. He had never expressed any interest in politics before. That had now changed.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Over the next two years, Johnson moved back and forth between Europe and New York City. At home, he mounted shows and promoted modernist artists whose works he considered the best of the new. All the while, he kept an eye on the Nazis as they consolidated power. He had slept with his share of men in the demimonde of Weimar Berlin; now he turned a blind eye to Nazi restrictions on homosexual behavior, which brought imprisonment and even death sentences."</em></p><p>Read the rest of this fascinating excerpt from Marc Wortman's forthcoming book,&nbsp;<em>1941: Fighting the Shadow War</em> in <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vanity Fair</a></em>. For more on Philip Johnson, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Two of a kind: photographer Robin Hill contemplates the Farnsworth House and Glass House simultaneously</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Philip Johnson&rsquo;s &ldquo;Tent of Tomorrow&rdquo; Receives $5.8M for Its Restoration</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Philip Johnson Was a Nazi Propagandist</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Buy a Night in Philip Johnson&rsquo;s Glass House for $30K at Neiman Marcus</a></li></ul> Two of a kind: photographer Robin Hill contemplates the Farnsworth House and Glass House simultaneously Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-15T17:28:00-04:00 >2015-07-18T15:48:48-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="596" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Naturally paired, but too quickly equated. Photographer Robin Hill takes on the iconic and somewhat contending Farnsworth House and Glass House in his photo series, "<a href="!/portfolio/G0000ao4ebepAYSY" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Side by Side: The Glass Houses of Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson</a>". With eighteen magazine-ready spreads, Hill matches shots of each house as a &ldquo;dyptych&rdquo;, often aligned to show how one house&rsquo;s element can be extended into the other, but with clear atmospheric differences. Other shots are paired by their similar perspectives, or proportional beauty &ndash; the hinge of the dyptychs serving as the axis of symmetry between the two houses.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The gaze in these photos isn&rsquo;t critical &ndash; the goal doesn&rsquo;t seem to be to declare a winner in the Glass House battle. Instead the pairings have a composed distance that seems genuinely concerned with illustrating the buildings&rsquo; co-evolutionary existence. The series takes a fresh look at these iconic, historical buildings to consider why they appear so similar in the first place, and then bri...</p> Philip Johnson's Tent of Tomorrow still stands, but what should happen to it? Justine Testado 2015-05-26T14:13:00-04:00 >2015-06-01T22:01:43-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="387" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>During the [1964-65 World's Fair], the elliptical Tent of Tomorrow was used as a versatile performance space...But not much has been done to preserve the structure since the fair ended in 1965...At the moment, there are no formal proposals, and ['Modern Ruin' film director Matthew Silva] admits it&rsquo;ll be hard to raise funds without one. But he hopes the film, as well as his advocacy group, will get people thinking about what can be done.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><p><a title="The NY Mets Are Trying to Save the 'Tent of Tomorrow'" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The NY Mets Are Trying to Save the 'Tent of Tomorrow'</a></p><p><a title="Vandals break into the historic New York State Pavilion and set fire to a stolen van, damaging the 50-year-old terrazzo map" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vandals break into the historic New York State Pavilion and set fire to a stolen van, damaging the 50-year-old terrazzo map</a></p><p><a title='"Modern Ruin" documents the rise, fall, and revival efforts of historic New York State Pavilion' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Modern Ruin" documents the rise, fall, and revival efforts of historic New York State Pavilion</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for May 2014</a></p> Landmarked Four Seasons restaurant must not be changed, NYC landmarks commission rules Alexander Walter 2015-05-21T15:25:00-04:00 >2015-05-22T17:59:25-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The interior of the Four Seasons restaurant, a vision of Modernist elegance with its French walnut paneling and white marble pool of bubbling water, should not be changed, New York City&rsquo;s Landmarks Preservation Commission decided [...]. The decision was a setback to Aby J. Rosen, the owner of the Seagram Building, which is home to the restaurant. Mr. Rosen had proposed what he characterized as minor changes to the interior that was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson in 1958.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Phyllis Lambert &mdash;&nbsp;part of the group of architects passionately opposing Rosen's revamp plans and personally interwoven with the history of the Seagram Building like no one else &mdash;&nbsp;penned this Op-Ed in the <em>New York Time</em>s last week: <a href="" target="_blank">Save New York's Four Seasons</a>.</p> Rev. Robert H. Schuller, patron of architecture, 1926-2015 Orhan Ayyüce 2015-04-03T00:25:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T14:31:35-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Come as you are in the family car"</p></em><br /><br /><p>"ARTESIA, Calif. (AP) &mdash; The Rev.&nbsp;Robert H. Schuller, a California televangelist and author who beamed his upbeat messages on faith and redemption to millions of followers from his landmarkCrystal Cathedral&nbsp;only to see his empire crumble in his waning years, has died. He was 88."</p><p>The Rev. Schuller known as the pastor who invented religious marketing and branding was also a patron of architecture. He started his congregation as a rented space from Orange Drive-inTtheatre. Later, Schuller hired modernist architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Neutra</a> who completed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Tower of Hope</a>&nbsp;in 1968 and in 1980 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Crystal Cathedral</a> was dedicated as it was designed by Philip Johnson, a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pritzker Prize</a>&nbsp;winning&nbsp;(its first in 1979)&nbsp;American architect. The latest addition was a <a href=",_back_of_bldg_with_towers-WEB_SIZE.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Visitor Center</a> designed by a New York architect&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richar Meier</a> in 2003 who also won a Pritzker Prize in 1984.</p> A living museum of American style Nam Henderson 2015-03-08T21:44:00-04:00 >2015-03-08T21:47:20-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="473" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The rest of the buildings came naturally, if gradually. The idea of having a slew of small houses for different activities, moods and seasons, complemented by decorative 'follies,' was Johnson&rsquo;s conception for the site from early on. He called it a 'diary of an eccentric architect," but it was also a sketchbook, an homage to architects past and present</p></em><br /><br /><p>Alexandra Lange explores the 49 acre grounds and architectural neighbors of&nbsp;Glass House. Ranging from; the "<em>bunkerlike&nbsp;Brick House</em>" and "<em>postmodern Library</em>" to the more historic structures of&nbsp;Calluna Farms and Grainger.</p> The NY Mets Are Trying to Save the 'Tent of Tomorrow' Diane Pham 2014-07-30T17:17:00-04:00 >2014-07-30T17:18:12-04:00 <img src="" width="620" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With change in Queens arriving rapidly, the Mets can preserve a piece of team history&mdash;and public good will&mdash;by helping to restore a part of the World's Fair from 50 years ago.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Vandals break into the historic New York State Pavilion and set fire to a stolen van, damaging the 50-year-old terrazzo map Archinect 2014-07-24T18:41:00-04:00 >2014-07-24T18:42:40-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="649" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Vandals broke into the historic New York State Pavilion last weekend, setting a stolen van on fire and damaging a piece of its deteriorating terrazzo map, park watchdogs said. The shocking mayhem in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park was heartbreaking for volunteers who have been working for years to spruce up the aging 1964 World&rsquo;s Fair relic.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Philip Johnson’s “Tent of Tomorrow” Receives $5.8M for Its Restoration Diane Pham 2014-06-27T18:12:00-04:00 >2014-07-01T22:39:05-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Philip Johnson lovers rejoice! It was just announced that the city will put aside $5.8 million to restore the dilapidated crown jewel of the 1964-65 World&rsquo;s Fair in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Funding for the restoration of the &ldquo;Tent of Tomorrow&rdquo; came via Mayor Bill de Blasio, who contributed $4.2 million to the project, while the rest was provided by City Council and Borough President Melinda Katz... Efforts to restore the project will begin soon, but a bumpy road lies ahead&hellip;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Johnson’s Glass House re-opens to self-guided tours Nam Henderson 2014-05-16T12:14:00-04:00 >2014-05-16T23:10:42-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="465" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Diane Daniel calls attention to the fact that&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Glass House&nbsp;</a>in New Canaan, Conn., will now have a twice-monthly option of taking a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">self-guided tour</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> Philip Johnson Was a Nazi Propagandist Archinect 2014-04-22T21:28:00-04:00 >2014-04-28T19:26:57-04:00 <img src="" width="636" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Philip Johnson was a terrible, hateful human being. And he wasn't just some casual Nazi sympathizer whispering, "maybe Hitler has some good ideas" in shadowy bars, either. He actively campaigned for Nazi causes in the U.S. and around the world. Johnson visited Germany in the 1930s at the invitation of the government's Propaganda Ministry. He wrote numerous articles for far right publications. He started a fascist organization called the Gray Shirts in the United States...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Buy a Night in Philip Johnson’s Glass House for $30K at Neiman Marcus Archinect 2013-10-16T12:19:00-04:00 >2013-10-16T12:19:49-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="450" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Neiman Marcus, purveyor of luxury goods, now also sells luxuries of the architectural variety. As part of its holiday gift catalog, the high-end retailer is offering one night in Philip Johnson&rsquo;s 1949 Glass House &mdash; for $30,000.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> New director to take over reins of The Glass House Archinect 2012-02-20T12:24:00-05:00 >2012-02-20T13:01:03-05:00 <img src="" width="300" height="448" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Glass House and The National Trust for Historic Preservation have announced Urbach's appointment as Director of the historic site. "I can hardly imagine a place more full of potential than the Glass House," said Urbach. "It has long contributed to culture by bringing together art, architecture, landscape and people in significant and inventive ways. That is exactly what I hope to foster."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Crystal Cathedral congregants ‘devastated’ by church sale Archinect 2011-11-21T13:19:55-05:00 >2011-11-21T13:23:29-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Some congregants at Crystal Cathedral said they felt blindsided by the church board after it threw its weight behind a bid from the Catholic Church &ndash;- an offer that effectively boots them from their landmark site in Garden Grove. The ruling by U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Robert Kwan to allow the sale of Crystal Cathedral to the Diocese of Orange was met with tears.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Philip Johnson's iconic church gets purchased by the Catholic church.</p> Hour of Power to Power of Cash: Crystal Cathedral bankruptcy sale sparks bidding war Orhan Ayyüce 2011-08-11T13:19:20-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="623" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I believe with every fiber of my being that God turned the eyes of the world on Crystal Cathedral because God wants to make a big bold statement, he wants the world to know that he is a God who still does miracles</p></em><br /><br /><p> Philip Johnson's masterpiece, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Crystal Cathedral</a> is the subject of bidding wars between Chapman University,&nbsp;Roman Catholic Archdiocese and the retailer Hobby Lobby. Sheila Schuller Coleman, director of ministry at the church and the daughter of Schuller also thinks they can raise the money and keep the church if they can raise $50 million. The Garden Grove campus also includes buildings by Richard Neutra and Richard Meier.</p> <p> The Crystal Cathedral was parodied in the &nbsp;Simpsons&nbsp;episode <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Natural Born Kissers"</a>&nbsp;(towards the end)</p> Fears for Philip Johnson headquarters if Schlumberger buildings are razed Archinect 2011-07-23T11:56:52-04:00 >2011-07-23T11:57:01-04:00 <img src="" width="325" height="233" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A partial or complete tear-down of Schlumberger&rsquo;s 10-building corporate campus off Sunset Lane and Old Quarry Road could save the company millions in maintenance costs but would take a chunk out of the town&rsquo;s tax roll and could include the demolition of a building designed by famed architect Philip Johnson.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>