Architects Celebrate the Life of the Stubbornly Audacious John M. Johansen

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Monday, April 8, 2013
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Frank Gehry's tribute to John Johansen. (William Menking / AN)

Frank Gehry’s remembrance of John Johansen. (William Menking / AN)

The Century Club in New York recently hosted a memorial celebration of the life of the late architect John M. Johansen organized by his daughter, Deborah Johansen Harris, and son, architect Christen Johansen. Christen, who collaborated with his father on later renovations and additions to various projects, read a touching tribute to Johansen that recalled his series of fast British sports cars and his ability to do “a handstand from a seated position in a lawn chair, or holding himself horizontally from a lamppost when the opportunity arose.” He remembered that John delighted guests to the New Canaan house “by setting his martini down on the window sill and, mid-conversation, vaulting out the window to the lawn below, reappearing moments later through the front door.”

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