Philip Johnson's Brick House or Guest
Spicer Art Conservation, LLC is examining and proposing
treatments for the textiles in Philip Johnson's Brick House
adjacent to his private home,
The Glass House.
This is part of a house wide
National Trust for Historic
The Glass House complex is a registered National
Historic Landmark, considered one of the most
significant architectural resources of the Modernist
period. A video of the Brick House and the site can be
The Brick house is divided into two rooms, a large guest room with walls covered in Fortuny Fabric and a study or reading room. The fabric is a cotton twill that is dyed, printed and highlighted with printed gild work. The interior design of the bedroom lead Johnson to use similar architectural elements in later projects. The same pink and gold Fortuny Fabric he placed in the woman's bathroom of the Four Season Restaurant only few years later. Johnson also placed Fortuny fabric on the walls of the dining room of the Beck house designed in Dallas TX.
Gwen Spicer gave a talk "Decoding the History of the Fortuny Fabric at Philip Johnson's Brick House Interior" at the New England Conservation Association held at the Shelburne Museum in September. A summary of the talk can be read in the blog Inside the Conservator's Studio.
View of the Brick House from the inside of the Glass House. Front of Brick House with Art Gallery in the distance.
Gwen Spicer examining the bed spreads for the Guest room and the unusual Felted Chairs by Pesce Gaetano for the study.