The Ghost House (chain link and steel; 346.5 sq. ft.) is an architectural folly, a playful structure that sits atop of a nineteenth century stone barn foundation. It is an ode to the work of two very different architectural directions. The chain-link material employed was influenced by Frank Gehry’s use of everyday materials, while the overall form of the structure references Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown’s design methodology that makes reference to the iconic form of a house – a rectangular base topped by a peaked roof. It is not a functional shelter.
Philip Johnson described this construction as “the spirit of a classical house.” It was built at the height of his interest in postmodernism, a style that, among other things, celebrated traditional forms.
The World of Interiors highlighted The Ghost House in its edition, The American Issue. Belinda Rathbone admires “the structure’s ever-changing face” describing the Ghost House “as a chain-link construction of untouching halves, which responds chameleon-like to the seasons.”
She continues, “the Ghost House is Johnson’s nod to Frank Gehry, with its vernacular outline and its chainlink construction. It also pays homage to the working farm that this property was long ago, melting into the landscape like the ghost of its former, functional self. Is the Ghost House a work of art or architecture? Is it a folly or a monument? Is it funny or sad? And there you have the beginnings of a conversation.” The World of Interiors article pdf
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