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Town Hall by Philip Johnson
Town Hall in Celebration, Florida

Town Hall in Celebration, Florida, designed by Philip Johnson

Photo © Jackie Craven

In the planned community of Celebration, Florida, right next to the Post Office designed by Michael Graves, stands the Town Hall. Architect Philip Johnson designed the public building with traditional, classical columns. Visually, the Town Hall is similar to the US Supreme Court Building by Cass Gilbert or 19th century Greek Revival House Styles.

Yet, the startling structure has been called a postmodern building. Instead of a symmetrical row of imposing round columns, thin pillars crowd together beneath a pyramid-shaped roof.

Is it a spoof of a traditional town hall building or serious public architecture? In a Disney-created world, the playful Johnson is in on the joke. The fantasy of Celebration becomes the reality.

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