Carneal and Johnston Architectural Drawings

A Guide to the Carneal and Johnston Architectural Drawings, 1939-1968, n.d. Ms.2001.008


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Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.2001.008
Title
Carneal and Johnston Architectural Drawings,1939-1968, n.d.
Quantity
3 Cubic Feet 3 boxes
Language
The materials in the collection are in English.

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Collection is open for research.

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Scope and Contents

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.


Biographical 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 Contents

The collection contains detail drawings, sketches, and tracings of several campus buildings. Items include 1934 drawings of 1934 Faculty Dormitory and Campus Soical Center, 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 original detail drawings and tracings of the Biology, Geology, and Education building.

Related Material

Virginia Tech Architectural Drawings, Ms2005-007. Finding aid available online .

Virginia Tech Buildings Architectural Collection, RG 6/3/2e. Finding aid available online .

Carneal and Johnston Glass Plate Negatives, Ms2014-016.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • University Archives
  • University History
  • Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute (1896-1944)
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute (1944-1970)

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Carneal and Johnston Architectural Drawings by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Container List

box 1
Bio, Geo, Education Building T.A.C tracings - original.
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.
box 3
Faculty Dormitory and Campus Social Center complete plans,
1934
box 3
Biology, Geology, & Education Building detail drawings,
1965-1966