Guide to the Stanhope S. Johnson and R.O. Brannan, Architects Collection, circa 1900-1925,

Summary Information

Title: Stanhope S. Johnson and R.O. Brannan, Architects Collection, circa 1900-1925,
Collection: AC.736
Extent: 1.0 linear feet (1 flat box)
Abstract:

This collection contains architectural renditions and black and white photographs of commercial buildings, schools, churches, and homes by the company Stanhope S. Johnson and R.O. Brannan Architects of Lynchburg, Virginia. Most are unidentified and undated.

Creator: Stanhope S. Johnson and R. O. Brannan, Architects.

Biographical/Historical Note

In the 1920s Stanhope S. Johnson was a Lynchburg native who had been in architecture since the turn of the century, receiving commissions from Virginia and throughout the South. R.O. Brannan, who was with Johnson for several years, was the office manager. Another member of the firm was Addison Staples, and it was he and Johnson who designed the Allied Arts Building in the Art Deco manner, drawing much inspiration from architectural journals to which they subscribed.

Upon completion of the building in 1931, the Johnson and Brannan Architectural Firm moved into the penthouse suite on the 17th floor, which housed the firm until the 1970's. Upon his death in 1975, most of Johnson’s drawings were donated to the Jones Memorial Library in Lynchburg, as the majority of the Lynchburg Architectural Archive.

Scope and Contents

The drawings and photographs in this collection are the works of Stanhope S. Johnson and R.O. Brannan Architects, circa early 1900s, in and around Lynchburg, Virginia. Several of the drawings depict buildings proposed and/or built in Winston-Salem and Durham, North Carolina. The photographs appear to have once been on other paper. Most photos and drawings are not identified or dated, but several have notations on the backs as to possible location/names.

Arrangement

These drawings and photographs were titled and arranged by order of title.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

This collection was purchased from Bookworm and Silverfish in 1999. Accession number AC.2000.013

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott, January 2014. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.736: Stanhope S. Johnson and R.O. Brannan Architects, Lynchburg, Virginia Drawings and Photographs Collection, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Drawing, Apartment House and Theatre Building, West 4th Street, Winston-Salem, North Carolina (on back), undated Box 1
Drawing, Building possibly in Richmond, Virginia (on back), undated Box 1
Drawing, Possible William Byrd Building, Richmond, Virginia (on back), undated Box 1
Drawing, City Hall, Durham, North Carolina, undated Box 1
Drawing, Commercial Building with hand drawn Map on back, undated Box 1
Drawing, Downtown on West 4th Street, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, undated Box 1
Drawing, School Building, Lynchburg, Virginia (on back), undated Box 1
Drawing, Second School Building, Lynchburg, Virginia (on back), undated Box 1
Drawings, Three Unidentified Commercial Buildings, undated Box 1
Drawing and Photograph, Two Unidentified Churches, undated Box 1
Drawing and Floor Plans, City of Lynchburg, Virginia Alternate Plan, Colored High School (4 drawings), undated Box 1
Drawing and Footprint, Manufacturers Lots Building, Lynchburg, Virginia (2 drawings), circa 1925 Box 1
Floorplans, Mausoleum (six pages), undated Box 1
Footprint of Campus and Two Building Floor Plans, Chatham Episcopal Institute, Chatham, Virginia (3 pages), undated Box 1
Hotel Photograph upon Completion, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, undated Box 1
Photographs, black and white, Most Unidentified Houses (12), undated Box 1