Penn History

From the Architectural Alumni Graphics Collection of Franklin Spencer Roach and Hannah Benner Roach

John Noble Richards(1904-?), Cert. Prof. 1926, B.Arch. 1931

John Noble Richards, 1930
Born 1904 in Warren, Ohio, John Noble Richards studied architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, where in 1928, he was awarded the Paul Cret Medal for Excellence in Architectural Design. Later, he was also awarded the Stewardson European Traveling Scholarship.

Richards was affiliated with the architecture offices of Edwin Brumbaugh and Zantzinger, Borie & Medary in Philadelphia before moving to Toledo, Ohio in 1932.

In 1940, he became partner in the firm of Bellman, Gillett and Richards. His many projects included the Ohio State University Student Union and Mershon Auditorium, the Masonic Complex in Toledo, and the Ohio Bell Telephone Company Cherry Center Office in Toledo. He served in many civic leadership positions, including mayor of the village of Ottawa Hills, member of Toledo’s Metroplitian Planning Commision, and from 1958 to 1960, as President of the national AIA.

John Noble Richards, Christmas card, 1952
John Noble Richards, Christmas card, 1954