Prolific architect’s archives find new home
John L. Volk’s trove of plans, drawings and more donated to Preservation Foundation.
According to local lore, there was a time when you couldn’t drive down a street in Palm Beach without seeing a house designed by John L. Volk, so lengthy was the late society architect’s career, so prolific was his output and so popular was his work.
Whether the adage is technically accurate, its spirit rings true, and it’s backed up by a just-announced gift of Volk’s extensive archives to the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach.
The John L. Volk Collection includes thousands of working drawings, blueprints, renderings, photographs and correspondence documenting the architect’s work and legacy on the island and beyond. The collection was donated by Volk’s son, John K. Volk, whose late wife, Lory Volk, and his late mother, artist and preservationist Jane Volk, were fierce champions of the architect’s professional legacy.
“I’m just pleased it’s going to stay in town. I think it’s the best