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See Francis Johnston (architect) for Irish architect with a similar name.

Francis Johnson was the subject of a monograph in 2001, and of an exhibition at the RIBA.

Francis Frederick Johnson CBE (18 April 1911 – 29 September 1995), was an English architect born in Bridlington in the East Riding of Yorkshire.[1]


Education and early careerEdit

Johnson studied at the Leeds School of Architecture and then toured Europe in 1931 on a travelling scholarship before joining the firm of Allderidge & Clark in Hull. He started his own practice in 1937 in his home town of Bridlington. This was interrupted by the Second World War, when he served in the Royal Engineers from 1943 to 1946.


Francis Johnson’s favoured field of work was domestic architecture. He is known particularly for country houses in a Georgian style. He designed a number of churches in the post-war period for clients, including the Church of England Commissioners. These simple buildings often show the influence of the Scandinavian classical architecture he had admired on his European tour.

Francis Johnson also restored and remodelled a large number of historic buildings, including Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire, Belton House, Lincolnshire, Burton Agnes Hall, East Yorkshire, and Fairfax House, York.[2] His approach to restoration involved detailed research into the original colour schemes of buildings, which was a concern ahead of his time in the 1960s.


St Margaret, Hilston

Private housesEdit


St Chad's College, Durham, with Johnson's 1961 dining hall in the foreground


Johnson's archives were deposited with Hull University Archives at the Hull History Centre. In November 2013 these secured an award of £32,729 from the National Cataloguing Grants Programme administered by The National Archives.[3] The project of cataloguing and make the material available was undertaken between January 2014 and August 2015.[4]


  1. ^ He was active in designing churches and country houses and restoring historic buildings.Worsley, Giles (7 October 1995). "Obituary; Francis Johnson – People, News – The Independent". London: Retrieved 19 October 2009.
  2. ^ "Fairfax House, York". Retrieved 19 October 2009.
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