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John Noble Richards


John Noble Richards, American architect. Recipient Stewardson traveling scholarship to France, Italy, Germany, England; Cret medal; Architectural Society medal University of Pennsylvania; Gold medal Architects Society Ohio, 1971; Paul Harris fellow Rotary International, 1979.


Richards, John Noble was born on April 23, 1904 in Warren, Ohio, United States. Son of Charles J. and Carrie May (Noble) Richards.


Student Union Bldg.


Registered architect, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, West Virginia, New Jersey, Missouri, Pennsylvania With Bellman, Gillett & Richards (architects and engrs.), Toledo, 1922-1962, senior partner, 1951-1962, Richards, Bauer & Moorhead, 1962-1976. University architect U. Toledo, Defiance College, Heidelberg College. Director, chairman building committee Otis Avery Browning Masonic Memorial Complex.

Past president Art Interests, Inc. Past director Peoples Savings Association Mayor of Ottawa Hills, 1965-1971. Exhibited watercolors, Toledo, Philadelphia, Kent State University, Bowling Green, Tiffin, Van Wert, Ohio.

Works include Student Union Building and Mershon Auditorium, Ohio State University, MacGruder Memorial Hosp, Port Clinton, Ohio, Ritter Planetarium U. Toledo, Lebanon Correctional Instn, Medical College Ohio, Toledo, Riverside Hosp, Toledo. Chairman board Downtown Toledo Associates, Toledo Townscapes, from 1975. Chairman Toledo Arts Commission, 1965-1971, special award, 1980.

Member Government's Committee for Handicapped. Advising committee Ohio Arts Commission, 5th district General Services Administration. Float judge Tournament Roses Parade, 1975.

Past board directors Toledo Symphony Orchestra Association, Village Players, Toledo Convention Bureau. Advisory board School Fine Arts U. Cincinnati. Life trustee Young Men’s Christian Association.

Trustee Bowling Green State University Foundation. Member president’s council Bowling Green State University, 1978. Member President’s Council Toledo Museum Art.


Fellow American Institute of Architects (director 1949-1952, 1st vice president 1956-1958, president 1958-1960, chancellor College of. Member Royal Institute British Architects, National Academy of Design (associate), Mexico Society Architects, National Sculpture Society (affiliate professional. Member), Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce (president 1962, Chairman of the Board 1964), Newcomen Society, Architectural League New York, Northwest Ohio Water Color Society, Toledo Zoological Society (trustee), National Academy of Design (associate), Tau Sigma Delta, Alpha Rho Chi, Phi Kappa Phi (honorary), Scarab.


Married Norma Hayes, April.

Charles J. Richards

Carrie May (Noble) Richards

Norma Hayes