A Guide to the Carneal and Johnston Architectural Drawings, 1939-1968, n.d. Carneal and Johnston Architectural Drawings Ms2001-008

A Guide to the Carneal and Johnston Architectural Drawings, 1939-1968, n.d.

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Collection Number Ms2001-008


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2001-008
Title
Carneal and Johnston Architectural Drawings, 1939-1968, n.d.
Physical Characteristics
3.0 cu. ft. 3 boxes
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Carneal and Johnston Architectural Drawings must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Carneal and Johnston Architectural Drawings, Ms2001-008, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Carneal and Johnston Architectural Drawings were transferred from the Office of the University Architect in February 2001.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Carneal and Johnston Architectural Drawings was completed in 2001. Additional description was completed after 2005.


Biographical/Historical Note

J. Ambler Johnston was born in 1885 and was a 1904 graduate of Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute. He also earned a master of science degree in 1905 from VPI. Johnston resided in Richmond, Virginia, where he served as a charter member of the Richmond Rotary Club and was a Civil War scholar. He died in 1974.

William Leigh Carneal, Jr., was born in Richmond on October 24, 1881, and graduated in 1903 from the Virginia Military Institute. He began his architectural practice around 1906 following a three year stint as a clerk in his father's company, Sitterding-Carneal-Davis Company. He died in 1958.

In 1908, Carneal and Johnston combined offices. The firm's first building was the original McBryde Hall on the VPI campus, completed in 1917. The firm helped to incorporate the Collegiate Gothic style to the campus landscape. For a brief period, the firm included a third partner and was known as Carneal, Johnston, & Wright. Both Carneal and Johnston retired in the 1950s. In 1999, the surviving firm of Carneal and Johnston merged with Ballou, Justice, & Upton Architects.

Scope and Content

The collection contains detail drawings, sketches, and tracings of several campus buildings. Items include 1939 drawings of Agricultural Hall, 1952 and 1959 drawings of the Academic Science building, 1959 and 1961 drawings of the Engineering building, and 1961 and 1968 sketches of dorm buildings. The collection also contains tracings of the Biology, Geo (Geology?), and Education buildings.


Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • University Archives
  • University History
  • Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Contents List

Box 1
Bio, Geo, Education Building T.A.C. original tracings; drawings.
Box 2
Dorm 1 and 2: Detail sketches, 1961.
Box 2
New Dorm 1 and 2: Niche Sketches, 1961.
Box 2
Dorm 9: Detail sketches, 1968.
Box 2
Engineering Building: First Addition, Detail Drawings, December 5, 1959.
Box 2
Academic Science Building: Detail Drawings, 1952.
Box 3
Science Building: Detail Drawings, 1959.
Box 3
Agricultural Hall Detail Drawings, April 18 & April 27, 1939.
Box 3
Engineering Building: Addition, Detail Drawings, April 28, 1961.
Folder 1
Dorm 2 and Barracks 3: Sketches.