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Robert J. Bennett, Architect, Papers

Collection Number: A&M 5035

Scope and Contents

Drawings by architect Robert J. Bennett, A.I.A., of various building projects at West Virginia University. Included are drawings for Knapp Hall (1965), the renovation of the historical buildings of Woodburn Circle in the later 1970s (including Martin, Woodburn, and Chitwood), and drawings for Evansdale Library (1978), among many others. Beginning in the late 1950s and up into the 1980s, architect Robert Bennett, A.I.A. was involved in much design and renovation work at WVU.

Large format architectural drawings are in folders 1-10; letter-sized materials are in folder 11.


  • Creation: 1955-1986


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No special access restriction applies.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. For more information, please see the Permissions and Copyright page on the West Virginia and Regional History Center website.

Biographical / Historical

Robert J. Bennett was born August 3, 1920. After attending George Washington University and taking architectural state boards at Ohio State University, he became a registered architect in Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. After moving to Morgantown to work in Robison Lumber Co., he went to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to work with Gannett, Eastman and Fleming, architects and engineers. During WWII he was in the US Army Air Force assigned to Technical Air Intelligence, Japanese Division. In 1949 he returned to Morgantown to found the architectural firm that later became Robert J. Bennett, AIA and Associates. He served on the Westover Bank Board of Directors for many years. He died July 15, 1996 while on vacation in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.


.5 Linear Feet (6 in. (10 folders in three map cabinet drawers, 2 in. each); (1 additional folder in small collections))

Physical Location

West Virginia and Regional History Center / West Virginia University / 1549 University Avenue / P.O. Box 6069 / Morgantown, WV 26506-6069 / Phone: 304-293-3536 / Fax: 304-293-3981 / URL:

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1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US