Rochester's Rich History: James H. Johnson, Architect In-Person
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James H. , Rochester’s most imaginative mid-20th-century architect, is best known for the renowned “Mushroom House" in Perinton and St. John the Evangelist Church in Greece. Over the course of his nearly 60-year career in Rochester, he designed over 400 projects, but only a handful ever received public acclaim. Sponsored by the Greece Historical Society after the loss of an important but previously little-known building in Greece, our team spent a year and a half reviewing original drawings, interviewing colleagues, sorting through original slides and clippings, and visiting strange and marvelous buildings to develop a fuller picture of this stunning, and largely unknown, body of work. This talk features original photographs and videos from 's personal collection that will take you inside some of the Rochester area's most daring and audacious buildings.
Christopher Brandt is an architect at Bero Architecture, a firm with a legacy of over forty years of historic preservation practice. He was born and raised in the Rochester region and has been active in its historic preservation community since high school. received a BS in Architecture from the University at Buffalo, and a M-Arch with a certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Virginia. Outside of his day job restoring and adapting old buildings, he serves as the Advocacy and Education Coordinator of the Young Urban Preservationists, obsessive-compulsively researches local history, and is DIY-restoring the small historic home he shares with his wife.