Standard Homes Plan Service
A History of Service and Success: 1917 to the Present
working as a sales agent for several contractors in Detroit, Michigan,
A. Gales Johnson made up his first book of home plans.
the first World War caused a virtual shutdown of construction, Mr.
Johnson moved to Toledo and concentrated his efforts on sales of plan
books featuring charming, economical home designs with blueprints that
builders and homeowners could order by mail.
The plan business, which was then called Standard Homes Company, moved to Washington, D.C. where it continued to grow.
A Thriving Home Plan Company
Johnson helped his two sons, A. Glendon and William W. Johnson, to
organize a southern office on the old Capt. Ethelred Jones farm in Wake
County, North Carolina, where the original home dating back to 1780
still stands lovingly occupied.
Upholding the Standards
the death of their father that year, A. Glendon and William continued
the successful operation of both offices, taking to heart the values of
hard work and sense of purpose that he had taught by example.
The North Carolina office
eventually became a separate entity under the leadership
of William Johnson, and in 1967 the company was incorporated under the
new name of Standard Homes Plan Service, Inc., jointly owned by Mr.
Johnson, his wife and three daughters.
A Tradition Continues
William Johnson's death in 1974, his son-in-law Phillip Proctor became
President of the company having spent many years learning the various
facets of the business. Mr. Proctor's tenure saw the business go
through many changes as building codes were continually revised, as
government loan programs came and went, and as the preferences of
American home buyers took various turns.
this period, new tools and processes such as Computer Aided Design were
introduced and quickly became the standard. Next came the Internet,
and the company soon produced a web site offering home plans online.
1997-1998, Phillip Proctor turned control of the company over to his
sons, David and Ward Proctor. They work to nurture an environment in
which changing customer needs are met, and where competent, motivated
employees strive to improve service and products.
company continues to operate as a family-held business under the
guiding principles of its founder: to offer an excellent value in home
plans; to trade honestly, helpfully, and fairly; and to take pride in
helping people attain the goal of owning the home of their dreams.
all else, when you walk into your new home and realize that you are its
owner and that no man has the right to raise your rent or limit your
stay . . . a feeling of independence will creep into your consciousness
and become a part of your being, which will mean more to you by far
than any other earthly possession."
--A. Gales Johnson
Founder, Standard Homes Plan Service, Inc.
(c) Copyright 2003 Standard Homes Plan Service, Inc.
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