Philip Johnson was born in Cleveland in 1906, and at 35 entered architecture. His daring designs made him one of the most prominent architects of the past century, designing skyscrapers in every major city in America.
Johnson received the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects in 1978, and served as a role model to three generations of architects. He once said, "I like the thought that what we are to do on this earth is embellish it for its greater beauty, so that oncoming generations can look back to the shapes we leave here and get the same thrill that I got looking at theirs."
Johnson was known to be provocative, but didn't publicly come out until rather late in life. At his death in 2005, he was survived by David Whitney, his partner of 45 years.
This Rainbow Minute was read by Bill Lupoletti.
“The Rainbow Minute” is produced by Judd Proctor and Brian Burns and can be heard every weekday at 7:59am, 12:29pm and 2:59pm on WRIR – 97.3fm in Richmond, Virginia, and webcast at wrir.org. It’s also heard internationally on over 200 stations.