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John S. Chase Architectural Drawings

Identifier: MSS 1198

Scope and Contents

This collection is primarily composed of architectural drawings. There is also one document box of office records, correspondence, small-format sketches, and photographs relating to Chase’s projects.


  • 1949-1993
  • Majority of material found in 1971-1988


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the John S. Chase Architectural Drawings must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

John Saunders Chase, Jr. was born January 23, 1925 in Annapolis, Maryland to Viola Hall Chase and John S. Chase, Sr. After being introduced to architecture by a high school teacher, Chase received a B.S. in architectural engineering from Hampton University. He then became the first African-American to attend and graduate from the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Architecture in 1952. He was also the first African-American licensed to practice architecture in the state of Texas. After moving to Houston, Chase became a professor of drafting at Texas Southern University and founded his own architectural firm in 1954. John S. Chase was elected to the AIA College of Fellow in 1977 and in 1980, was appointed as the first African-American to the US Commission on Fine Arts. He was also a World War II veteran having served in the US Army from 1944 to 1946. Chase and his wife, Drucie, raised three children in Houston. John S. Chase, Jr. died on March 29, 2012.


.5 Linear Feet (1 box and 275 architectural drawings)

Language of Materials



One box worth of supplemental information was removed from the rolled drawings for preservation reasons. Most of these records pertain to jobs featured in the drawing portion of the collection. Folders are arranged in alphabetical order by title.

Series 1 Office Records

Series 2 Drawings

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Drucie R. Chase on August 20, 2015.

Related Materials

OH 0023 John Chase; OH 0446 John Chase at HMRC; MSS 0113 John S. Chase Papers at the African American Library at the Gregory School

Processing Information

Processed by Samantha Bruer, March 2017.

John S. Chase Architectural Drawings
Samantha Bruer
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Finding Aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Houston History Research Center Repository


African American History Research Center
Houston Public Library
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
Houston History Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002