Note: Story updated below.
A reader writes:
I had been told that the architect of the Transco tower secretly incorporates cat figures in to all of his work. I could never see a cat in the Transco until yesterday evening. I found it! Can you? Pretty cool, huh?
Update, 10/12: Another reader writes:
Is this an example of a cat in Johnson’s architecture?
Photo: Swamplot inbox
Here, kitty kitty kitty!
What fun! That building is ever-changing with the different lights of the sky. But never have I seen this cat! Ha! Thank you, sharp-eyed reader!
Is this for real?
Yes I saw the cat a long time ago, but…
show me more!
Is it possible this person saw the cat and then made this up? Maybe not, but can’t we at least gather some more evidence?
I’ve never heard of Philip Johnson’s hidden cats. I’d also like to see some more examples. Where is the cat in Pennzoil Place or the cat in the BoA Tower?
Here’s one: The Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, by Philip Johnson.
Considering that Johnson has a bunch of buildings in Houston, I think a cat search and round-up is called for.
I wonder if there’s one in the DeMenil house on San Felipe.
I’m with RWB, let’s herd those cats!
I see a cat on another of his buildings:
Of course there’s a cat — it’s a cat-hedral…sorry.
I didn’t know he designed the crystal cathedral! I went to that place once, it was wild.
…Good luck finding one in this dog!
He comes by it honestly…
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I guess you have to look at it catty-cornered to see it.
I lived in Houston from the 70s to 1999. I had heard about the cat from a friend and actually saw it. Beautiful. I asked a client at the salon where I worked if he knew about the cat. He said I have never seen it and I was one of the developers of that building. He also said it does surprise him that Phillip Johnston did that with no one realizing it and that Mr. Johnson was a cat fanatic. Very cool.
CRAZY! I’ve never noticed the cat at Transco Tower. I worked at Post Oak Central – another Phillip Johnson project – and now we’re hunting for the cat image.