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Works Art Museum of South Texas, at Corpus Christi, Texas, 1972.
Boston Public Library Addition, at Boston, Massachusetts, 1972.
IDS Center, at Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1973.
Garden Grove Church, at Garden Grove, Los Angeles, California, 1978 to 1980.
Pennzoil Place, at Houston, Texas, 1976.
AT&T Building (now Sony), at New York, New York, 1980 to 1984.
Republic Bank tower (now NCNB Center), at Houston, Texas.
Transco Tower (now the Williams Tower), at Houston, Texas.
PPG Place, at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
International Place, at Boston, Massachusetts
Tycon Towers, at Vienna, Virginia
Momentum Place, at Dallas, Texas
53rd at Third, at New York, New York
NCNB Center, at Houston, Texas
101 California, at San Francisco, California
United Bank Center Tower, at Denver, Colorado
National Center for Performing Arts, at Bombay, India
Century Center, at South Bend, Indiana
Water Garden, at Fort Worth, Texas
Civic Center, at Peoria, Illinois
Dade County Cultural Center, at Miami, Florida

see also Philip Johnson

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Johnson/Burgee

(Johnson b. 1906; d. 2005) A twenty year architectural partnership led by Philip Johnson and John Burgee, founded 1967.

"It was this partnership that transformed Mr. Johnson from a scholar-architect designing small to medium-size institutional buildings for well-to-do clients into a major force in commercial architecture. Mr. Burgee's arrival coincided with the firm's movement toward a number of major, widely acclaimed skyscraper projects, including the IDS Center in Minneapolis and Pennzoil Place in Houston. Mr. Johnson's leanings were always toward the aesthetic issues in design, and in Mr. Burgee he had a partner who could serve not only as a colleague in design but also as an executive overseeing the kind of large architectural office required to produce major skyscrapers.

"As if to mark Mr. Burgee's role, the Johnson-Burgee firm moved in 1986 into the elliptical skyscraper at 885 Third Avenue, between 53rd and 54th Streets. Popularly known as the Lipstick Building, it had been designed by the partners together. But the partnership was not to last long beyond the move: Mr. Burgee, eager to occupy center stage, negotiated a more limited role for Mr. Johnson and in 1991 exercised the prerogative he had as the firm's chief executive and eased Mr. Johnson out altogether.

"It proved an unwise decision: the firm, crippled by an arbitration decision unrelated to Mr. Johnson, soon went into bankruptcy, all but ending Mr. Burgee's career. Mr. Johnson, who had severed ties to his former firm, had no liability and went on to rent a smaller space in the Lipstick Building, gleefully hanging out his shingle in his mid-80's and declaring himself in business as a solo practitioner. Before long, he had several commissions, including a cathedral in Dallas, and his career had recharged itself."

— Paul Goldberger, "Philip Johnson Is Dead at 98; Architecture's Restless Intellect", New York Times, 2005.0127.

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"Celebrated architect Philip Johnson dies at 98" Associated Press story at CNN, 2005.0126.

Paul Goldberger, "Philip Johnson Is Dead at 98; Architecture's Restless Intellect", New York Times, 2005.0127.

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