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Smithey & Boynton, Architects & Engineers Records

 Collection
Identifier: Ms-1992-027

Scope and Contents

The collection contains project files and drawings related to more than 1,500 residences, churches, businesses, schools, and community buildings, predominantly in the Roanoke and Southwest Virginia area, designed by Smithey & Boynton, mostly between 1935 and 1957. Materials consist of project files, specifications, framed drawings and photographs, and architectural drawings. Records include designs by Smithey before he collaborated with Boynton, as well as designs by other firms of projects later redesigned by Smithey & Boynton. A small group of materials also relate to the firm of Johnson Associates International from 1968.

Please note: The list of projects/project files below does NOT include the rolled drawings currently being processed. Contact Special Collections for the current inventory of available drawings and how to access them.

Dates

  • 1922 - 1985

Creator

Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

The copyright status of this collection is unknown. Copyright restrictions may apply. Contact Special Collections and University Archives for assistance in determining the use of these materials.

Reproduction or digitization of materials for personal or research use can be requested using our reproduction/digitization form: http://bit.ly/scuareproduction. Reproduction or digitization of materials for publication or exhibit use can be requested using our publication/exhibition form: http://bit.ly/scuapublication. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives (specref@vt.edu or 540-231-6308) if you need assistance with forms or to submit a completed form.

Administrative History

Smithey & Boynton, Architects & Engineers, was an architecture firm in Roanoke, Virginia, established in 1935 by Louis Phillipe Smithey and Henry B. Boynton. The firm closed during World War II for a few years while Boynton and Smithey served in the U.S. Army. After Smithey's death in the 1970s, Boynton partnered with Kenneth L. Motley, who began his career as a draftsman with the firm. In 1992, a year following Boynton's death, Motley acquired Smithey & Boynton and renamed the firm Motley + Associates.

Smithey & Boynton designed several structures over the years, including the Christ Episcopal Church, the South Roanoke Fire Station, the Shenandoah Life Building, McClanaham Street Office Building, and the American Theater Building, all in Roanoke. The firm also designed Lane Stadium at Virginia Tech and the Lyric Theatre in Blacksburg. The firm became best known for building public schools, even using the same basic layout for numerous schools. Smithey & Boynton had nearly 150 school design commissions during the period of 1945 thru 1953 in at least 19 counties and 10 cities.

Biographical Note - Henry B. Boyton

Henry B. Boynton was born in West Chicago, Illinois, in 1899 and grew up in Amelia County, Virginia. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering in 1921 and a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1923. Boyton then spent a year at the University of Illinois in Urbana taking architecture classes. He became a registered architect in Virginia in 1930 and later registered in West Virginia, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.

From 1924 to 1928, Boynton worked as a draftsman at Carneal & Johnston, Architects & Engineers, in Richmond, Virginia. In 1929, he joined Louis Phillipe Smithey, Architect & Engineer, in Roanoke, Virginia, as an associate. In 1935, Boynton and Smithey partnered to form Smithey & Boynton, Architects & Engineers, in Roanoke. Boynton became senior partner of the firm when Smithey retired in 1963.

Boynton was affiliated with the Virginia Chapter (later the Virginia Society & Blue Ridge Chapter) of the American Institute of Architects from 1938 until his death. He served on the board of directors in 1952, 1953, and 1956; as vice-president in 1954; and as president in 1955. He was a member of the State Registration Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, and Land Surveyors, as a Governor's appointee, from 1962 to 1972, serving as President of the Board in 1967. He received a distinguished service award in 1980 and the Noland Award in 1989, both from the Virginia Society & Blue Ridge Chapter of the AIA.

Boynton served in the Army Corps of Engineers during World War II, rising to the rank of Colonel. He was a member of the Virginia Tech Alumni Board of Directors from 1969 to 1979 and Chair of its Annual Fund Committee from 1973 to 1979. He also served on the Board of the VPI Educational Foundation, Inc., from 1978 to 1982. In 1976, Boynton received the Virginia Tech Alumni Distinguished Service.

Boynton died on September 13, 1991, at the age of 92, at his home in Roanoke.

Extent

ca. 313 Cubic Feet (993 boxes and 5 oversize folders)

Abstract

The collection contains project files and drawings related to more than 1,500 residences, churches, businesses, schools, and community buildings, predominantly in the Roanoke and Southwest Virginia area, designed by Smithey & Boynton, mostly between 1935 and 1957.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in three series: Series I, Biographical Information and Organization Records, 1923-1972; Series II, Project Files and Drawings, 1923-1985; and Series III, Other Architects-Johnson Associates International, February 1968.

Series I: Biographical Information and Organization Records, 1923-1972, is arranged by owner and material type into the following subseries: Subseries A: Smithey & Tardy; Subseries B: Smithey & Boynton; and Subseries C: Sample Floor Plans. The Series contains documentation and administrative files on Smithey & Tardy and Smithey & Boynton. Materials include professional histories of partners and employees, biographical and personnel information, organization charts, legal and tax files, forms and contracts for clients, and some sample plans for school and residential designs.

Series II: Project Files and Drawings, 1923-1985, is arranged by project number, with unnumbered projects at the end. The materials are for designs or renovations by Smithey & Boynton with some files from previous or additional architects and engineers. The project files contain a variety of items that vary with each project. Materials may include blueprints, drawings, maps, contracts, correspondence and memos, and other documentation created by the firm or clients. Project files are listed with the project number, project/client name, and location; some also have dates and the name of the architectural or engineering firm.

Series III: Johnson Associates International contains materials on a single project completed by the firm, Farmland Dairies Inc. Processing Plant (Wallington, NJ). Files on this project date from February 1968.

Physical Access

Please note: This collection is in off-site storage and requires 2-3 days notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information.

Source of Acquisition

The Smithey & Boynton, Architects & Engineers Records were donated to Special Collections and University Archives in 1992 and 1994.

Related Archival Materials

See also the Henry B. Boynton Papers, Ms1992-002, at Virginia Tech Special Collections and University Archives.

Separated Materials

Several oversize and/or framed photographs and drawings have been separated to the Art Colleciton, and several publications have been separated to the Rare Books Collection.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Smithey & Boynton, Architects & Engineers Records by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Processing Information

Some processing, arrangement, and description of the Smithey & Boynton, Architects & Engineers Records was completed between 1992 and 2009. The majority of the arrangement and description was completed between 2010 and 2019.

Title
Smithey & Boynton, Architects & Engineers Records, 1922-1985
Status
Completed
Author
LM Rozema, Archivist, and Special Collections and University Archives Staff
Date
2020 (CC0 1.0)
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Contact:
Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US
540-231-6308