Threatened Philip Johnson Booth House seeks buyer—now – The Architect's Newspaper

Ever needed to stay in a house designed by a world-well-known fashionable architect? Effectively, right here’s an opportunity: The proprietor of Philip Johnson’s first constructed fee is searching for a purchaser, and quick.

Johnson’s Booth House, in-built 1946, predates the Glass House by three years and was the architect’s first constructed work (not counting his Harvard GSD thesis mission). Just like the Glass House, which Johnson designed for himself in New Canaan, Connecticut, the Booth House in rural Bedford, New York sits on a grassy podium, sports activities ground-to-ceiling glazing, and is organized internally round a commodious brick hearth.

The house owners—architect Sirkka Damora and her husband, architectural photographer Robert Damora (1912–2009)—moved in as renters in 1955 and by no means left. After shopping for the home within the 1960s, they added nearly 900 sq. toes of under-grade house to the ,450-square-foot residence, increasing the structure for a rising household with out considerably altering Johnson’s design.

(Courtesy Damora / reproduced with permission)

The inside in 2009. Johnson studied the Glass House (1949) and this one concurrently—although one notable distinction is the Booth House’s household orientation, with its non-public rooms and ample storage. (Courtesy Damora / reproduced with permission)

The couple’s son, Matt Damora, has distinctive recollections of rising up in what would turn into a seminal work of contemporary structure. “It’s all I knew, however each pal that got here by thought it was fully bizarre,” he mentioned. In a city outlined by Colonial Revival houses with ornamental entrances and functionless shutters, “they weren’t used to the thought of ground-to-ceiling glass, or open plan areas—the dearth of ornamentation, they didn’t know what to do with it.” Damora’s architect dad and mom clearly felt in another way, even constructing an 800-square-foot studio on the 2-acre property that dialogued with Johnson’s design.

Now 93, Sirkka is seeking to promote the home, and shortly. She needs “appreciative stewards” for her residence of 62 years, according to a submit Matt submitted to Docomomo, the trendy structure preservation affiliation. There are just a few issues, although: The title of the home is in litigation, which—relying on the result of the case—may jeopardize its very existence, Matt defined. Readers might recall that this is not the first time the house has been on the market: Again in 2010, the household tried to promote the house for $2 million, however the submit-Recession market in Westchester County wasn’t robust sufficient to shut a deal.

This time, the house is again in the marketplace for $ million. With the home’s destiny unsure, Matt fears future developer may demolish the (small by immediately’s requirements) residence and construct a McMansion or two on the property, which is adjoining to a developable lot.

Contemplating the urgency of the household’s mission, Matt has made his contact data out there to the general public, in hopes of expediting a sale: Matt might be reached at r[dot]damora[at]verizon[dot]internet or 718-230-8858.

(Courtesy Damora / reproduced with permission)

The inside in 1976. (Courtesy Damora / reproduced with permission)

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