Wright's Glass House Quote?

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Matt2
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Wright's Glass House Quote?

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I've heard a number of variations on what Wright said to Johnson upon entering the Glass House: “Phillip, am I in or out? Do I take my hate off or leave it on?”

Is there any way to track down the most authoritative quote?

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Re: Wright's Glass House Quote?

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Okay---here are five pages of Johnson and Wright, and a page of the author's notes that support the material. This is Franze Schulze, Philip Johnson: life and work (U of Chicago Press, 1994). Your quote is found on page 224.


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Re: Wright's Glass House Quote?

Post by DRN »

I recall reading an account of an afternoon Wright spent at Johnson’s Glass House in Pedro Guerrero’s book, “Picturing Wright”.

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Thanks, Dan. Pedro Guerrero, Picturing Wright, pp 101-102:

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Re: Wright's Glass House Quote?

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Thanks for the references...just what I needed. I had thought this quote happened at some party or gathering. I've always thought such an event...with Wright, Johnson, and other notable...set in the glass house, would make a great play.

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Re: Wright's Glass House Quote?

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And, we might wish to have had Pedro tell us what was said in the car, driving back to New Canaan that afternoon ? I gather that only he and Mr Wright drove to see Johnson and Barr ?

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Re: Wright's Glass House Quote?

Post by jay »

The story was also told in the recent-ish book "Architecture's Odd Couple". I don't have a copy though, can't check its source.

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The house and hat story was told by Johnson himself in the documentary by Ken Burns, in which it was Wright talking directly to Johnson, rather than to the maid. Johnson said that FLW entered, took his hat off, put it on, took it off again, and said "I don't know whether to take my hat off or put it on." Of course, Johnson and truth were not necessarily on the same page all the time. He may have edited the entire situation.

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Re: Wright's Glass House Quote?

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It would be natural, for someone not more fastidious, to remove the maid from the picture when telling the story. I am reminded of a family friend who enjoyed regaling others with some entertaining exploit. When her daughter righteously exclaimed, on one occasion, "But Mother, it didn't happen that way !", she happily replied, "But it makes a better story . . ."

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