Richard Kohler



(architect and historian)


Richard R. Kohler is an architect/historian who served as president of the Washington County Historical Society from 2011 through 2018. He received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Utah and a Master of Architecture from the University of Hawaii, completing postgraduate studies at Harvard University. Richard and his wife, Jennifer, are involved with the DOCUTAH film festival held each September in St. George, Utah.

Richard is the author of a number of community planning studies. His most recent books are "St. George: Outpost of Civilization" published in 2011 celebrating the sesquicentennial of the founding of St. George by Mormon Colonists in 1861 and "The Town Lot: A Little Piece of Zion" published in 2013 and funded in part by a grant from Dixie State College and the Center for Education, Business and the Arts

Richard Kohler's architectural practice is geographically and technically diverse ranging from Park City, Utah to Las Vegas, Nevada. He has designed custom homes, lodging, resorts, resort communities, shops, shopping centers, city halls, county courthouses, schools, churches, parks, trails, pavilions, even chicken coops. Energy, water, landscape conservation together with historic preservation have shaped his unique approach to the art of design.






Historic Ditches of Rockville, Utah
By Richard R. Kohler, July 2010

The Santa Clara Bench Canal
By Richard R. Kohler, 2010

St. George: Outpost of Civilization, A Sesquicentennial History
Book by Richrd R. Kohler, 2011

A Little Piece of Zion: The St. George Town Lot - A Practical History
Book by Richrd R. Kohler, 2013

Redeeming the West: A History of the Scientific Approach
A presentation to the Dixie State University Colleagues on April 1, 2013
By Richard R. Kohler

History of Water Conservation Utah and the West
By Richard R. Kohler, 2013

St. Thomas, Nevada
By Richard R. Kohler, May 2014

Shivwitz Reservation, Shem Smelter, Santa Clara Bench Canal, and Winsor Dam
By Richard R. Kohler, 2014

La Verkin Hydro Electric
By Richard R. Kohler, November 21, 2015

Quarry Blurbs
Notes about the history of the area around the St. George Sandstone Quarry
By Richard R. Kohler, February 2015 and September 2017

Arrowhead Trail in St. George
By Richard R. Kohler, November 17, 2018

St. George Tabernacle
By Richard R. Kohler, February 8, 2019

Virgin Water: Below the Confluence
By Richard R. Kohler

Barclay: San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad
By Richard R. Kohler

Why is Yucca Brevifolia called Joshua Tree
By Richard R. Kohler
For his discussion of this at the Utah State Historical Society 68th Annual Conference
    in September of 2020, click here.

The Pioneer Courthouse: Governing and Civilizing during the Territorial Period
By Richard R. Kohler