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News November 2016

Work of architect James Johnson to be catalogued

November 20, 2016

Rochester architect James H. Johnson, who passed away in February, was well-known locally for his modernist designs, which included religious buildings, public libraries, the unique organic architecture-inspired home known as the “Mushroom House,” and the 190-foot tall stainless steel Liberty Pole sculpture in downtown Rochester. Now, a grant from the Preservation League of New York State is helping the Greece Historical Society preserve Johnson’s legacy by cataloguing his many works. The documentation will be used for filing a Multiple Property Documentation Form with the New York State Historic Preservation Office, the first step in getting historic sites listed the National Register of Historic Places. Listing on the Register may qualify some individual owners of Johnson’s buildings for rehabilitation tax credits. Interest in Johnson’s work was accelerated by the recent loss of his earliest commission, the parish rectory of Our Lady of Mercy Church in Greece, NY.

Work of Architect behind Liberty Pole to be catalogued,” Democrat & Chronicle, November 6, 2016.

Mushroom House, Rochester, NY, 1971
Middle and bottom: St. John the Evangelist Church, Greece, NY, 1964. Photos by Bill Sauers.