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Architect James A. Johnson

James A. Johnson (10/7/1865-4/5/1939) Buffalo, New York (A.I.A.)

In architectural practice for many years, and a former member of the well-known firm of Esenwein & Johnson. Born in Brewtown, New York, and educated in public schools at Syracuse, he entered the Buffalo office of Marlin & Burdette as a student, and in New York City acquired additional training and experience while employed with the firm of McKin, Mead & White. Returning to Buffalo Mr. Johnson practiced in association with James H. Marling until the latter's death in 1895, and a few years later in 1898 joined August C. Esenwein in organizing the firm of which he was a member until the latter's death in 1926. During that period the firm's most important works were the Gluck Office Building; Public Library; the old Iroquois hotel, and the General Electric Tower Building. After Mr. Esenwein's death, Johnson carried on work under his own name until 1931, and between 1931 and 1939, the last phase of his career, practiced in association with B.F. Kelley of Buffalo. Among the buildings designed independently by Mr. Johnson are the United Office Building at Niagara Falls, New York, office building for Schoellkof, Hutton & Pomeroy; buildings in connection with the Buffalo and Port Erie Peace Bridge, and the reconstruction of old Fort Niagara.