One of Sebastian’s most iconic projects is in the news again. Strait Lane, the only Philip Johnson-designed home in Dallas is for sale.
Originally built in the 1960s for Dallas construction company founder, Henry C. Beck of The Beck Companies, this modernist marvel was painstakingly remodeled between 2002-2008.
Dallas architects Bodron+Fruit and landscape architecture firm Reed Hilderbrand of Cambridge MA completely renewed the dilapidated structure and grounds, retaining the clean lines but recreating the space as a family-friendly home. Sebastian performed the construction.
“It’s immaculate,” says Dallas Morning News architecture critic and author of an upcoming book on Philip Johnson, Mark Lamster. “Reed Hilderbrand and Bodron+Fruit, have done Johnson better than Johnson could have done Johnson.” (CandysDirt.com)
Johnson, one of the best known modernists and winner of the first Pritzker Architecture Prize, is among a small number credited with introducing modern architecture to America.
The New York Times described Johnson’s Glass House (his own residence) as “one of the 20th century’s greatest residential structures. Johnson also designed the Seagram Building in New York with Mies van der Rohe, as well as the Pennzoil Palace in Houston and the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California, “a soaring glass neo-Gothic megachurch for the Reverend Robert H. Schuller.”
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