Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Chancellor Johnson House

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Institution Name: St. John's College (MD)
Original/Historic Place Name: Chancellor Johnson House
Location on Campus: facing Campbell Parking Lot entrance
Date(s) of Construction:
1720original construction
1937relocation to the southwest edge of campus
Designer: unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: American colonial (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, history, landscape
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: brick
Walls: clapboard
Roof: wooden shingles
ca. 1720-1778private residence (of Chancellor John Johnson)
ca. 1778-1821private residence (of cordwainer and former mayor of Annapolis, Allen Quynn)
ca. 1831-1918private residence (of Chancellor of Maryland, John Johnson, Jr. and his family)
ca. 1937-present (2006)other (Alumni Office)

A fine example of an early 18th century gambrel-roofed dwelling, the Chancellor Johnson House was constructed in 1720 for Allen Quynn, cordwainer and former mayor of Annapolis. The house was moved to the campus in 1937 after being purchased by the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company, which needed its location on Northwest Street to make room for projected offices. The house is named for John Johnson, an alumnus of the class of 1820 who at one time owned the property on which the house stood, but lived with his family in a larger brick house fronting West Street. Johnson was the last chancellor of the state of Maryland, a position abolished in 1851.


Dunbar, Florence T., and O. Ridout. Reverdy Johnson House [St. John's College]. Historic American Buildings Survey report and photographs. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/ National Park Service, 1965.

Trieschmann, Laura, and Kim Williams. Chancellor Johnson House, St. John's College. Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties report. Crownsville, MD; Maryland Historical Trust, 2000.


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