Opening the doors to a forgotten Philip Johnson masterpiece

TRD WEEKEND EDITION /
Mar.March 25, 2017 12:00 PM

Architect Philip Johnson is best known for the Seagram Building, 550 Madison Avenue, the Lipstick Building, and the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. But the legendary modernist also designed a much smaller structure in NYC: a small house at 252 East 52nd Street.

Built for Blanchette Rockefeller between 1949 and 1950, this small guest house is actually one of the best preserved of Philip Johnson’s works, according to T Magazine. The exterior remains virtually unchanged and the interiors still have all their period details, like the house’s original bar.

But the house’s most striking feature is perhaps a large pond that divides the two main-floor rooms.

“What’s most extraordinary is how little has been changed, from the house’s framing to the white vinyl tiles on the ground floor,” author Sadie Stein told T Magazine. “This is a space made to display art as generously as any gallery. And yet it’s a work of art in its own right.”

Here is a look inside.

[T Mag]


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios

Luxury real estate anyone? US Open stars and their palatial pads

Lena Dunham and 60 Broadway (Credit: Getty Images)

Lena Dunham’s “massive real estate mistake”

All Falls Down: Kanye West’s “Star Wars”-themed affordable housing plan hits snag

Alex Rodriguez (Photos by Guerin Blask)

A-Rod is coming for NYC and SoFla real estate

October Issue is Live

The Real Deal‘s October issue is now available to subscribers!

Playing the real estate game: College athlete bill could mint young millionaires and homebuyers

Judith and Rudy Giuliani Rudolph and Judith Giuliani are divorcing after 16 years. (Credit: Getty Images, Trulia, Highrises)

Luxury properties at play in Rudy Giuliani’s ugly divorce

Luca Orlandi and Felipe Dutra (Credit: Getty Images and Google Maps)

Designer Luca Orlandi sells UES townhouse for $27M

arrow_forward_ios