Philip Johnson's Kreeger House: A Synthesis of Home and Museum

By Stephanie Travis.

Published by The International Journal of Design in Society

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Philip Johnson’s 1967 design for the home of art collector David Kreeger in Washington, DC, is a synthesis of his finest residential and museum work. An exploration of the architect’s projects prior to the Kreeger House guides the effort to examine his design process, concepts, and architectural ideals in both building types, as this building is a hybrid of both--house and museum. It concludes that the building is an integration of Johnson’s architectural evolution, signifying a turning point in his work from residential to commercial/institutional projects and is an amalgamation of his most successful architectural ideas. This paper contends that this striking and architecturally significant building is among Johnson’s best works and thus deserves more prominence in his portfolio of preeminent work.

Keywords: Architectural History, Philip Johnson, Museum Design

The International Journal of Design in Society, Volume 9, Issue 2, June 2015, pp.13-19. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 705.799KB).

Prof. Stephanie Travis

Director, Associate Professor, Interior Architecture and Design Program, The George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA