The Johnson's wanted a home for their extensive collection of Japanese art and furnishings and wanted to express their fascination with ancient Japanese art and architecture. Shefelman and Nix, reinforced with Tom Shefelman's year of travel in the Far East, accepted the Johnson's challenge to research and recreate the Temple of the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto, adapting it to their wooded Wimberley site overlooking the clear Blanco River. The Johnson's Residence was published in Austin Homes and Gardens magazine.

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