Francis Johnson & Partners, Architects

Collection Reference: U DFJ

Covering Dates: 1939-2010

Description of the Records:
The collection contains over 2000 files relating to projects begun under the leadership of Francis Johnson. The firm undertook projects across the east and north ridings of Yorkshire. Many of the firm’s commissions were from Yorkshire’s landed families to work on country houses and estates. They also worked extensively on local farms and Georgian period townhouses. The files are a fantastic source of information about many of our most iconic local buildings. Amongst the papers contained in the files you will usually find the following: Correspondence with clients, planning bodies, contractors and suppliers; specifications, reports, tenders and schedules of works; certificates and accounts; sketches, plan and elevation drawings and notes. The files document various phases of projects undertaken. Phases include initial ideas, planning and listed buildings consent negotiations, tendering and supervision. Details relate to client’s thoughts, Johnson’s ideas, costs associated with various elements of work, contractors and suppliers employed on projects etc.

Searching the Collection: 
You can search for a property name or address using our online catalogue. You can also search for a particular client in the same way. Alternatively, you can browse the paper catalogue in our search room.

How the collection can help your research:
You can use the files to undertake research into various subjects including restoration of Georgian townhouses, conversion and restoration of agricultural buildings, alteration and restoration of country houses, case study of a 20th century architect’s practice.