See Francis Johnston (architect) for Irish architect with a similar name.
Education and early career
Johnson studied at the Leeds School of Architecture and then toured Europe in 1931 on a travelling scholarship before joining the firm of Allderidge & Clark in Hull. He started his own practice in 1937 in his home town of Bridlington. This was interrupted by the Second World War, when he served in the Royal Engineers from 1943 to 1946.
Francis Johnson’s favoured field of work was domestic architecture. He is known particularly for country houses in a Georgian style. He designed a number of churches in the post-war period for clients, including the Church of England Commissioners. These simple buildings often show the influence of the Scandinavian classical architecture he had admired on his European tour.
Francis Johnson also restored and remodelled a large number of historic buildings, including Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire, Belton House, Lincolnshire, Burton Agnes Hall, East Yorkshire, and Fairfax House, York. His approach to restoration involved detailed research into the original colour schemes of buildings, which was a concern ahead of his time in the 1960s.
- St Margaret, Hilston, East Riding of Yorkshire (1956–1957)
- Ascension, Calvert Road, Kingston upon Hull chancel (1957–1958)
- St Michael and All Angels, Orchard Park, Kingston upon Hull (1957–1958)
- Holy Nativity RC, Scarborough, North Yorkshire (1954–1955)
- St Luke's RC, Scarborough, North Yorkshire (1955–1956)
- St George RC, Scarborough, North Yorkshire (1957–1958)
- Methodist Chapel, Ripon (1958–1960)
- St Joseph's RC, Newby, Scarborough, North Yorkshire (1958–1960)
- Methodist Church, Sewerby (1963)
- St Thomas, Pennywell, Sunderland (1964)
- St Christopher, Tong, West Yorkshire (1967–1968)
- St Luke, Willerby (1968)
- The Old Rectory, Winestead restoration (1947–1948)
- Sunderlandwick Hall, Sunderlandwick (1962–1963)
- Settrington House, Settrington rebuilt after fire in 1963 (1965)
- Whitwell-on-the-Hill, Malton (1969)
- Corn Exchange House, Bridlington (1972)
- Garrowby Hall, Garrowby south range (1981–1982)
- Hilborough House, Norfolk designed 1989–90 (1996–1969)
- The King's School, Tynemouth, Northumberland new block (1959–1960)
- St Anne's Houses, Bridlington (1961–1965)
- St Chad's College, Durham (1961–1964)
- Beach House, Grenada (1968–1969)
- Rectory, Church Green, Bridlington (1970)
- Rectory, Cottingham, East Riding of Yorkshire (1973)
- The Pavilion (Opera House), Thorpe Tilney Hall, Lincolnshire (1976–1980)
- Swimming Pool Pavilion, Burton Agnes Hall (1985)
Johnson's archives were deposited with Hull University Archives at the Hull History Centre. In November 2013 these secured an award of £32,729 from the National Cataloguing Grants Programme administered by The National Archives. The project of cataloguing and make the material available was undertaken between January 2014 and August 2015.
- He was active in designing churches and country houses and restoring historic buildings.Worsley, Giles (7 October 1995). "Obituary; Francis Johnson – People, News – The Independent". London: www.independent.co.uk. Retrieved 19 October 2009.
- "Fairfax House, York". www.fairfaxhouse.co.uk. Retrieved 19 October 2009.
- John Martin Robinson and David Neave, (2001), Francis Johnson Architect, Oblong Creative, ISBN 978-0-9536574-3-8
- Nikolaus Pevsner and David Neave, (1972, 2nd ed., 1995), Yorkshire: York and the East Riding: The Buildings of England, ISBN 0-300-09593-7
- Francis Johnson & Partners
- Jonathan Glancey in the Guardian on the 2001 exhibition of Francis Johnson's work in London from The Guardian.
- Article on London Exhibition from the Spectator.
- Article on recent work by Francis Johnson & Partners from Country Life.
- our_collections/ local_history_sources/ francis_johnson_archive.aspx Hull History Centre Francis Johnson Archive