Finding Aid for the Reginald Johnson papers, circa 1912-circa 1950 0000146

Finding aid prepared by Jocelyn Gibbs, Jillian O'Connor, and Chris Marino
Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Arts Building Room 1434
University of California
Santa Barbara, California, 93106-7130
805-893-2724
adc@museum.ucsb.edu


Title: Reginald Johnson papers
Identifier/Call Number: 0000146
Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 6.0 Linear feet (2 record storage boxes and 8 flat file folders)
Date (inclusive): circa 1912-circa 1950
creator: Johnson, Reginald D., 1882-1953

Access

Partially processed collection, open for use by qualified researchers.

Custodial History note

Gift of John Pitman, 1989. Additional material gifted by Bruce Abbott, 1999 and Edward Cella, 1999.

Preferred Citation note

Reginald Johnson papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

Biographical/Historical note

Reginald Johnson was born in Westchester, New York on July 19, 1882. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and graduated with a degree in Architecture in 1910. Johnson received collegiate office training in the offices of Myron Hunt, Elmer Grey and Robert D. Farquhar. Upon graduation, Johnson moved to Pasadena and began practicing architecture in 1912. By 1920, he had joined forces with Gordon B. Kauffmann to form Johnson and Kaufmann, Architects. One year later Roland Coate joined the firm and the name changed to Johnson, Kaufmann and Coate. The practice lasted four years, dissolving in 1925. Johnson then went on to establish his own independent practice until 1934, when he publically announced his withdrawal from general architectural practice. His more notable projects include: the Santa Barbara Post Office and the Santa Barbara Biltmore Hotel.
After 1935, Reginald Johnson devoted himself to providing housing for low-income individuals and families. Johnson co-founded the Los Angeles Citizen’s Housing Council and served as the Chief Architect for public housing projects in Los Angeles, including, Harbor Hills and Rancho San Pedro. Reginald Johnson died in 1952, at the age of 70.

Scope and Content note

The Reginald Johnson papers span 6 linear feet and date from circa 1912 to circa 1950. The collection consists primarily of black-and-white interior and exterior photographs of the Chase H. Residence in Hope Ranch as well as presentation boards of residences in the Santa Barbara and Pasadena areas. The collection also contains architectural drawings and reprographic copies of residential and commercial designs by Johnson.

Related Archival Materials note

Gordon B. Kauffman drawings, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.
Roland Eli Coate, Sr. papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.
Johnson, Kaufmann & Coate drawings for Saint Paul's Catherdral, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Johnson, Reginald D., 1882-1953
Architectural drawings
Photographic prints
Presentation drawings (proposals)
Reprographic copies