The Resource Ben R. Johns, Jr., Architects (Richmond, Va.) records

Ben R. Johns, Jr., Architects (Richmond, Va.) records

Ben R. Johns, Jr., Architects (Richmond, Va.) records, ca. 1967-1971
Ben R. Johns, Jr., Architects (Richmond, Va.) records
Inclusive dates
ca. 1967-1971
  • Records, ca. 1967-1971, of the architectural firm Ben R. Johns, Jr., Architects, which was based in Richmond, Virginia
  • The bulk of the collection are architectural records relating to the construction of the Richmond Coliseum. These records include architectural drawings, clippings, publications, photographs, presentation drawings, and the architectural model of the Coliseum. The remaining records are photographs of completed projects and sites that were eventually built upon, including many banks, schools, and hospitals in central and eastern Virginia. Some of the buildings include, Bon Air Methodist Church (Richmond, Va.), Northside Baptist Church (Richmond, Va.), Saint Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church (Richmond, Va.), the Bank of Annandale (Annandale, Va.), the Geriatric Center at Eastern State Hospital (James City County, Va.), the Chesterfield County Courthouse (Chesterfield County, Va.), and a number of buildings at Longwood University (Prince Edward County, Va.)
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Biographical or historical data
  • Benjamin R. Johns, Jr. (1922-2006) was an award-winning architect who was best known for designing the Richmond Coliseum.
  • A Richmond native, Johns went into solo practice in 1954 as proprietor of Ben R. Johns, Jr., Architect. His firm had the first computerized architecture-specifications system in Richmond. Over the years his voluminous work included Maybeury Elementary School, the main branch of the Richmond Public Library, Dumbarton Library, Mecklenburg Correctional Center, the student activities, physical education and fine arts buildings at Longwood University, the state American Legion headquarters, the Forest Hill, Chester, Ivor and Sycamore Square post offices, Eastern State Hospital buildings and scores of churches.
  • In 1968, he was named primary architect to work with the Philadelphia firm of Vincent G. Kling and Associates on the design of the Richmond Coliseum. For his design, he was honored in 1974 by the Virginia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and in 1975 by the Richmond Planning Commission. Johns, who earned a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering in 1948 from what is now North Carolina State University, was honored by the city of Richmond in 2000 for 43 years of combined service on Richmond City Council, the Richmond Planning Commission and the Richmond Board of Zoning Appeals
  • In addition to his award-winning merits, Johns was a World War II Army veteran and a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve's 80th Division.
Cataloging source
Ben R. Johns, Jr., Architects (Richmond, Va.) records
See Private Papers Location Database for stacks location; extent does not include Coliseum model
Arranged alphabetically by project name.
  • The Library of Virginia
Governing access note
There are no access restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
John Taylor,
Type of unit
cu. feet.

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