Basic Biographical Details

Name: Conner & Mitchell
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1894
Ended: 1902
Bio Notes: William Tait Conner was born c.1868 and articled to Campbell Douglas & Sellars from 1884 to 1889, remaining with Campbell Douglas & Morrison for six months as an assistant. During his time with Campbell Douglas & Sellars he studied at Glasgow School of Art and was engaged on further work at St Andrews Halls and the New Club, but in 1886-88 was principally employed on the International Exhibition Buildings. At the end of his time with Douglas he moved to London, working in the offices of Arthur Richard George Fenning and Augustus Eldred Hughes. While there he passed the RIBA's qualifying examination, his address being given as 60 Albany Street, Regents Park, London and was elected ARIBA on 2 March 1891 his proposers being Campbell Douglas, Thomas Lennox Watson and John Honeyman. In 1894 Conner took into partnership a former colleague at Campbell Douglas & Sellars, Henry Mitchell. Mitchell was born in 1864 at Renton, the son of Francis Mitchell, gem and seal engraver, and his wife May Liddel. He was articled to Campbell Douglas & Sellars from 1884 to 1889, thereafter joining Honeyman and Keppie where he remained until his partnership with Conner.

The partnership of Conner & Mitchell did not prosper although both were excellent draughtsmen, most of their time being spent entering competitions. Conner emigrated to Johannesburg in 1902 and entered into partnership with an unidentified ____ Hamilton. Mitchell then entered into a partnership with the Beaux-Arts-trained Charles Edward Whitelaw who had more influential family connections and whom he had known at both Campbell Douglas's and Honeyman & Keppie's.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2121, West Regent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness18951899 or 1900 
Item 2 of 2166, Bath Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1900  

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 2William Tait Conner18941902Partner 
Item 2 of 2Henry Mitchell18941902Partner 

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 121895Tenement, Castlebank StreetPartick GlasgowScotland 
Item 2 of 121896Dumfries AcademyDumfries DumfriesshireScotlandCompetition design - unsuccessful
Item 3 of 121896Glasgow School of Art  GlasgowScotlandUnsuccessful competition design
Item 4 of 121896Inglis Memorial Hall and LibraryEdzell AngusScotlandCompetition design - unsuccessful
Item 5 of 121896Meffan InstituteForfar AngusScotlandWon competition to secure job
Item 6 of 121897Design for a bandstand    Design exhibited - in Mitchell's name alone
Item 7 of 121898Moulin SchoolPitlochry PerthshireScotlandCompetition design
Item 8 of 121898Tenement, 16-20 Sinclair StreetHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandExtension - Mitchell responsible
Item 9 of 121899Rowallan Castle and Rowallan HouseKilmaurs AyrshireScotlandDesign exhibited - restoration proposals? - under Mitchell's name alone
Item 10 of 121899Springburn & Cowlairs District HallsSpringburn GlasgowScotlandCompetition design (Mitchell responsible) - not successful
Item 11 of 121899St Leonard'sHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandPorch and verandah - Mitchell responsible
Item 12 of 121901Design for a manager's house and offices     


Currently, there are no references for this architectural practice. The information has been derived from: the British Architectural Library / RIBA Directory of British Architects 1834-1914; Post Office Directories; and/or any sources listed under this individual's works.