Basic Biographical Details

Name: Steele & Balfour
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1886
Ended: 1902
Bio Notes: The practice was founded by Henry Bell Wesley Steele (born c.1852). In 1886 he took into partnership Andrew Balfour (born 1863), a pupil of James Boucher who had gained experience as an assistant in the office of John Burnet & Son. The partnership made its name by winning the competition for Largs Parish Church in 1889, and sometime thereafter Balfour travelled in Italy sketching in Rome, Florence, Venice and Milan, and, later southern France. Very little is known of Steele who died at Hawthorn Villa, Hunter's Quay (usual residence The Quinta, Bridge of Weir) on 1 January 1902: Alexander Wright and other Glasgow architects regarded Balfour as the designer in the firm and the sub-Burnetian character of the work of the practice appears to bear that out.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1110, Mains Street, Blythswood Square, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 18881902 

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 6Henry Bell Wesley Steele18861902Partner 
Item 2 of 6Andrew Balfour18861902Partner 
Item 3 of 6Duncan McKerrow18881893Apprentice 
Item 4 of 6Matthew Adam18911896Apprentice 
Item 5 of 6Harold Bayldon Smith18941898Apprentice 
Item 6 of 6Alexander Cameron Todd1 June 18941 June 1899Apprentice 

Buildings and Designs

This architectural practice was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 38 Govan Congregational Church and hallsGovan GlasgowScotlandDate unknown
Item 2 of 38 St James ChurchClydebank DunbartonshireScotlandDate unknown
Item 3 of 38 Stepps Congregational ChurchStepps LanarkshireScotlandDate unknown
Item 4 of 381887Cranstonhill UP Church and HallCranstonhill GlasgowScotland 
Item 5 of 38After 1887BellardKilmacolm/Kilmalcolm RenfrewshireScotlandMay be involved if before 1902
Item 6 of 38After 1887Camlachie InstituteCamlachie GlasgowScotland 
Item 7 of 38After 1887Rossarden HouseKilmacolm/Kilmalcolm RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 8 of 38After 1887Sawers Ltd premises  GlasgowScotland 
Item 9 of 38After 1887Stephen Mitchell & Sons premises  GlasgowScotland 
Item 10 of 38After 1887Stonehouse Public HallsStonehouse LanarkshireScotland 
Item 11 of 381889Largs Parish Church and Memorial HallsLargs AyrshireScotlandWon competition and secured job. Also designed organ case.
Item 12 of 381890sBoquhan west lodgeKippen StirlingshireScotland 
Item 13 of 381890Ardentinny Primary SchoolArdentinny ArgyllScotland 
Item 14 of 381890Hutchesontown UP ChurchHutchesontown GlasgowScotlandUnsuccessful competition design exhibited
Item 15 of 381890Stables for James Henderson  GlasgowScotland 
Item 16 of 381892(?)Whiteinch Public SchoolWhiteinch GlasgowScotlandAdditional block to e
Item 17 of 381892 or 1893Belmont Parish ChurchHillhead GlasgowScotlandCompetition design - not successful
Item 18 of 381893School at PartickPartick GlasgowScotland 
Item 19 of 381894AylmarAscogButeButeScotland 
Item 20 of 381894Dowanhill SchoolDowanhill GlasgowScotland 
Item 21 of 381894Monzie ChurchMonzie PerthshireScotlandRenovation including new porch
Item 22 of 381894Tannadice Parish ChurchTannadice AngusScotlandCommunion table originally in Partick Old Parish Church
Item 23 of 381895Newlands Public SchoolNewlands GlasgowScotland 
Item 24 of 38c. 1895(?)Oggs CastleLibberton LanarkshireScotlandAdditions
Item 25 of 381896Partick Parish ChurchPartick GlasgowScotland3300 overhaul
Item 26 of 381897Congregational Church, Kinnoull StreetPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 27 of 381897Morison Memorial Church (EU)Clydebank DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 28 of 381897St Paul's Church HallLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 29 of 381897The QuintaBridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 30 of 381898Govan Town Hall and Municipal BuildingsGovan GlasgowScotlandCompetition design - unsuccessful
Item 31 of 381898Tobacco Factory  GlasgowScotlandBlock at rear
Item 32 of 381899Ice Factory  GlasgowScotland 
Item 33 of 381899Lintwhite SchoolBridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotlandCompetition design - not successful
Item 34 of 381900Dunard Street School  GlasgowScotland 
Item 35 of 381900Montrose Street Public School  GlasgowScotlandCompetition design
Item 36 of 381900Thornwood SchoolPartick GlasgowScotland 
Item 37 of 381901Greenfield Public School and Swimming BathsGovan GlasgowScotland 
Item 38 of 381902Pollokshields Congregational ChurchPollokshields GlasgowScotlandWon competition and secured job (only involved in 1902 if at all)

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Who's Who in Architecture1914   Balfour's entry

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architectural practice:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Glasgow Herald3 November 1948  Obituary (Balfour)