Philip Johnson's Right-Sized Booth House on Market for $2 Million


The first residence designed by famed American architect Philip Johnson, known as the Booth House, is on the market for $2 million. The humble home in Bedford, in New York's Westchester County, is a welcome change from the neighboring ones, which resemble each other in their mansion-like mass, manicured lawns, cathedral ceilings and intimidating size.

The Booth House is a simple looking abode that's the model of efficiency. After all, this style was Johnson's claim to fame. It's no wonder that two architects ended up as its occupants. And there are plenty of others in the design and architecture community interested in the property and surrounding piece of land, which is protected by the Westchester Land Trust.

The house, built in 1946, is being sold by former architect Sirkka Damora who bought it 54 years ago with her now deceased husband, fellow architect Robert. The place is a marvel of modern architecture, exemplifying the style that Johnson and his contemporaries popularized following the war, with the intent of creating homes that emphasized function over form.