Johnson at Harvard, 1894

Johnson Electric Service Co. installs temperature control system in Harvard’s Fogg Art Museum

JES Sales Brochure 1890

The cover of an 1890s Johnson sales brochure highlighting school and college installations

July 16, 1894 (PD: 201207)

On July 16, 1894, Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts purchased a Johnson Electric Service Co. (Johnson Controls’ original name) heat regulating system to be installed in their new Fogg Art Museum.  Contract number 1558 was valued at $906 and included 14 thermostats and 38 dampers.

The Fogg Art Museum, which opened to the public in 1896, is Harvard’s oldest art museum.  The museum was endowed by Elizabeth Fogg in memory of her husband.

In 1927, the museum moved to an Italian Renaissance-style building on the Harvard University campus that still serves as its home.

Currently, Harvard is consolidating its three art museums (the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum) into one facility called the Harvard Art Museums.  The new museum will be housed in a renovated and expanded Fogg building, which closed on June 30, 2008 in preparation for the six-year restoration and new construction project.  The renovation includes extra gallery space, expanded study centers, classrooms, conservation laboratories, offices, and more public amenities.  The opening of the new Harvard Art Museums will occur later this year.