Pro­lific ar­chi­tect’s ar­chives find new home

John L. Volk’s trove of plans, draw­ings and more do­nated to Preser­va­tion Foun­da­tion.

Palm Beach Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By DAR­RELL HOFHEINZ

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

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