Finding Aid for the Reginald Johnson papers, circa 1912-circa 1950 0000146
Finding aid prepared by Jocelyn Gibbs, Jillian O'Connor, and Chris MarinoThe processing of this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources “Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives” Project.
Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Arts Building Room 1434
University of California
Santa Barbara, California, 93106-7130
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 9 flat file folders)
Date (inclusive): circa 1912-circa 1950
creator: Johnson, Reginald D., 1882-1953
creator: Stevens, Ralph T
Partially processed collection, open for use by qualified researchers.
Gift of John Pitman, 1989. Additional material gifted by Bruce Abbott, 1999 and Edward Cella, 1999.
Reginald Johnson papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.
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.
The Reginald Johnson papers span 6 linear feet and date from circa 1912 to circa 1950. The collection contains photographs, architectural drawings and reprographic copies for nine buildings in the Santa Barbara area, a hospital in Los Angeles, and two residences in Pasadena.
Black-and-white interior and exterior photographs, a site plan by Ralph T. Stevens, and drawings document the Harold Chase residence in Hope Ranch. Photographic panels and drawings relate to additions to the Mrs. Stanley McCormick "Riven Rock" residence in Santa Barbara. The collection includes the site plan, but no other drawings, for the Senator Clark estate, "Bellosguardo," also in Santa Barbara.
Plans for the gardens and a garden pavilion for the J. L. Severance house in Pasadena were transferred to this collection from the Roland Coate papers.
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
Presentation drawings (proposals)
Drawer 548, FlatFile 1
Drawer 548, FlatFile 2
Chase, Harold house (Hope Ranch, Santa Barbara, Calif.) 1925
Drawer 548, FlatFile 3
Drawer 548, FlatFile 4
Drawer 548, FlatFile 5
Drawer 548, FlatFile 6
Drawer 548, FlatFile 7, Box 2*
Drawer 548, FlatFile 8
Drawer 548, FlatFile 9
Drawer 548, FlatFile 10