Partner Jimmie Daniels, Jon Stroup, John Hohnsbeen, David Whitney

Queer Places:
101 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111
190 S LaSalle St, Chicago, IL 60603
191 Peachtree Tower, 191 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
550 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022
580 California St, San Francisco, CA 94104
Academic Mall and Chapel of St. Basil, University of St. Thomas, 1018 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77006
Albert and Vera List Art Building, Brown University (Ivy League), 13 Brown St, Providence, RI 02906
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76107
Art Museum of South Texas, 1902 N Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX 78401
Banaven Center, Calle Ernesto Blohm, Caracas 1064, Miranda, Venezuela
Bank of America Center, 700 Louisiana St, Houston, TX 77002
Beck House, 10210 Strait Ln, Dallas, TX 75229
Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller House, 242 East 52nd Street, 10022, NYC, NY, USA
Booth House, Hickory Ln and Dogwood Rd, Bedford, NY 10506
Children's Museum, Y S/n, Av 5 de Febrero, Las Conchas, 44460 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
Chrysler Center, 405 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10174
Cleveland Play House, 1901 E 13th St, Cleveland, OH 44114
Comerica Bank Tower, 1717 Main St, Dallas, TX 75201
Congregation Kneses Tifereth Israel Synagogue, 575 King St, Port Chester, NY 10573
Conrad Centennial Hotel, 2 Temasek Blvd, Singapore 038982
Crescent, 200 Crescent Ct, Dallas, TX 75201
Crystal Cathedral, 13280 Chapman Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92840
DDC Domus Design Collection, 134 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016
Department of Mathematics and Science and Engineering Library at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Dorothy and Dexter Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, 2400 W Chew St, Allentown, PA 18104
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square S, New York, NY 10012
First Union Plaza, 998 S Federal Hwy, Boca Raton, FL 33432
Fort Worth Water Gardens, 1502 Commerce St, Fort Worth, TX 76102
Gate of Europe, Plaza Castilla, s/n, 28020 Madrid, Spain
Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, University of Houston, 4800 Calhoun Rd, Houston, TX 77204
Glass House, 199 Elm St, New Canaan, CT 06840, Stati Uniti
Hackley School, 293 Benedict Ave, Tarrytown, NY 10591, Stati Uniti
Harvard University (Ivy League), 2 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Hodgson House, 881 Ponus Ridge Rd, New Canaan, CT 06840
IDS Center, 80 S 8th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Interfaith Peace Chapel, Cathedral of Hope, 5910 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas, TX 75235
John de Menil House, 3363 San Felipe St, Houston, TX 77019
John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza, 646 Main St, Dallas, TX 75202
Johnson Building, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116
Johnson House, 9 Ash St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Rd NW, Washington, DC 20007
Kunsthalle Bielefeld Art Museum, Artur-Ladebeck-Straße 5, 33602 Bielefeld, Germany
Lipstick Building, 885 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022
Miami-Dade Cultural Center, 50 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33128, Stati Uniti
Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039596
Museum of Art, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, 310 Genesee St, Utica, NY 13502
Museum of Modern Art, 11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019
National Centre for the Perfoming Arts, Nariman Point, Nariman Point, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400021, India
Neiman Marcus Department Store, 150 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94108
Neuberger Museum of Art, 735 Anderson Hill Rd, Purchase, NY 10577
New York State Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023
One Detroit Center, 500 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
Paley Center For Media, 25 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019
Pennzoil Place, 711 Louisiana St, Houston, TX 77002
Philip-Johnson-Haus, Friedrichstraße 200, 10117 Berlin, Germany
PPG Place, Third Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Reactor building, Soreq Nuclear Research Center, Palmachim and Yavne, Israel
Roofless Church, 420 North St, New Harmony, IN 47631
Seagram Building, 375 Park Ave, New York, NY 10152
Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska, 12th and R Streets, Lincoln, NE 68508
St Anselm's Abbey, 4501 South Dakota Ave NE, Washington, DC 20017
Thanks-Giving Square, 1627 Pacific Ave, Dallas, TX 75201
Turning Point, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
Tycon Center, 8000 Towers Crescent Dr, Vienna, VA 22182
Urban Glass House, 330 Spring St, New York, NY 10013
Ware Center, Millersville University, 42 N Prince St, Lancaster, PA 17603
Wells Fargo Center, 1700 Lincoln St, Denver, CO 80203
Wiley House, Sleepy Hollow Rd, New Canaan, CT 06840
Williams Tower, 2800 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056
WRVA Building, 200 N 22nd St, Richmond, VA 23223
751 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10017

Philip Cortelyou Johnson (July 8, 1906 – January 25, 2005) was an American architect. He is best known for his works of Modern architecture, including the Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut, and his works of postmodern architecture, particularly 550 Madison Avenue which was designed for AT&T, and 190 South La Salle Street in Chicago. In 1978, he was awarded an American Institute of Architects Gold Medal and in 1979 the first Pritzker Architecture Prize.[1]

In 1924, Johnson’s father had given him stocks in Alcoa, the Aluminum Corporation of America; by the time he graduated from Harvard in the spring of 1930, he was a millionaire in his own right. By now he was having a passionate affair with the would-be poet Cary Ross, whom he had met through friends associated with the new Museum of Modern Art in New York. Ross was said to have been a friend of Ernest Hemingway and the F. Scott Fitzgerald in Paris in the 1920s. They resumed the affair, with a little less frenzy, in Paris in the summer. They took to spending a lot of time with an architecture scholar, Henry-Russell Hitchcock, also gay. Henry-Russell Hitchcock introduced A. Everett Austin, Jr. to Philip Johnson in the late 1920s over lunch at the Copley Plaza.

During a 1929 visit to New York, Virgil Thomson had gone to Harlem with Henry-Russell Hitchcock to see the famous black entertainer, Jimmie Daniels, perform. Inspired, Thomson decided to have an all-black cast for Four Saints. There were other consequences from that night. Daniels would become "the first Mrs. Johnson," Philip Johnson's lover in 1934. In New York, Johnson now ran with a smart young crowd of artists, many of them gay, working in a range of different art forms, but mainly in music. Virgil Thomson, whom he had found penniless in Paris and loaned the cost of his passage home, introduced him to John Cage in 1934; there was also Pavel Tchelitchew, Lincoln Kirstein, Thomson’s lover Maurice Grosser, and Aaron Copland. Johnson and Cage had a fling together, which ended when Johnson failed to invite Cage to a society party at which Cage felt Johnson felt Cage did not belong. In the same year, Johnson had what he considered the first of his ‘serious’ relationships, with Jimmie Daniels, a black café singer he had met in Harlem.

by Carl Van Vechten

This is Cary Ross in 1932, aged 29.
Cary Ross

Lipstick Building, NYC

Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Guest House, NYC

Center for the Fine Arts, Miami

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square S, New York, NY 10012

Museum of Modern Art, 11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

Tycon Center, Vienna, VA

In 1934, Philip Johnson met Jimmie Daniels, cabaret singer. Daniels was Johnson's first serious relationship. The relationship lasted only one year, and Johnson would recall later that "a terrible man stole him away—who had better sex with him, I gather. But I was naughty. I went to Europe and I would never think of taking Jimmie along."[19]

In the early months of 1945, at a vernissage, Johnson had his first encounter with Jon Stroup. It was a meeting of sudden impact for both men, and within several weeks they were living together in Johnson's place, known to all his friends as Hidden House. Johnson's sister, Theodate, who was living with him, had given the name to the little house at 751 Third Avenue that stood behind the row of apartment buildings fronting the street. As early as 1939 Johnson had rented it.

In 1950, John Hohnsbeen and Philip Johnson met and were lovers for a decade; they stayed friends through Johnson's life. In his early twenties Hohnsbeen met Philip Johnson. Johnson, whom Hohnsbeen found "terrifically handsome,"' confirmed the force of their initial attraction, not to mention the eventual importance of Hohnsbeen in his life. Within a few weeks of their first night together, the two of them met with Jon Stroup for dinner, after which Philip advised Stroup that their liaison, by then five years old, was over. The scene, according to Hohnsbeen, was "terrible," but "Philip and I loved each other," and there was no turning away from that. Hohnsbeen added that he canceled a relationship he had at the time with the writer Christopher Isherwood. He promptly moved in with Johnson and Theodate at Hidden House.

Johnson's biographer describes Hohnsbeen as "blue eyed, fair and well put together with the bearing and the manner of a colt." After Valentin fired Hohnsbeen, he became a partner in the Peridot Gallery. Johnson helped with finances but Hohnsbeen admitted to having been a bit half-hearted about this venture, too, as he loved chatting people up more than selling. In 1955, Hohnsbeen and Johnson moved to an all-white apartment on East 55th Street - where the only note of colour was Hohnsbeen's ice blue robe - only for him to be diagnosed, like Bobby Bishop the year before, with TB. Johnson looked after him until Johnson fell for David Whitney.

Prescott Clarridge would boast there was a very active underground homosexual life in the 1940s Harvard. "We had gay cocktail parties and late night orgies, cruised the many gay bars of Boston as well as the gay friendly Club 100 and Casablanca in the Square. Some of us cruised the Lamont Library bathroom. We had affairs and breakups and did a lot of gossiping, just like today." Clarridge visited Stewart Mitchell at the Harvard Club, where he was paid $5 for an evening, and he went out with Henry-Russell Hitchcock. "When he'd take me to dinner when in Boston, being slightly deaf, his conversation, spoken in such loud sotto voce that it could be heard several tables away, included his amorous conquests in his wordly travels as well as a description of what he'd like to do with me. Bearded, imperious and physically impressive, he seemed to get away with it." Hitchcock took Clarridge to visit Philip Johnson at his famous glass house in New Canaan, CT, where as much as Hitchcock tried to steer the conversation to gay sex, Johnson resisted.

In 1960 at Smith College the growing scandal which involved Newton Arvin, threatened also to engulf America’s preeminent architectural historian, Henry-Russell Hitchcock, another Harvard luminary. Hitchcock, in Werth’s words, was “a high-toned WASP with Rabelaisian appetites … [who] openly entertained a large circle of young homosexual faculty members from area colleges who idolized him.” As it turned out, Hitchcock’s papers included explicitly homosexual correspondence from the noted American composer and New York Herald-Tribune music critic Virgil Thomson, and might just as easily have contained similar letters from Hitchcock’s other close friends, architect Philip Johnson and Lincoln Kirstein, founder of the New York City Ballet.

Johnson, at the age of ninety-eight, died in his sleep while at his Glass House retreat on January 25, 2005. He was survived by his partner of 45 years, David Whitney,[20][21][22][23] who died later that year at age 66.[24]

Johnson was gay, and has been called "the best-known openly gay architect in America."[25] He came out publicly in 1993.[25]

In his will Johnson left his residential compound to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is now open to the public.

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