Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Hood Grant
Designation: Architect
Born: 1879
Died: 1957
Bio Notes: William Hood Grant was born in Dundee, Angus in about 1879, the son of William Grant, master butcher, and his wife Jane. He was educated at Dundee High School. He remained in Dundee spending two years at the Dundee School of Art, where he studied architecture and art, and won a National Bronze Medal in 1896.

He emigrated to South Africa in 1901 and worked initially in the office of George Ransome. He later practised on his own account in Cape Town. He worked with fellow Scot Donald MacGillivray, whom he had met in Ransome's office, on the competition design for the Southern Life Assurance Building in Durban and subsequently formed a partnership with MacGillivray. Grant ran the Durban office for the firm but returned about 1908 to Cape Town. When MacGillivray left for Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) in the early 1920s, he continued the practice on his own in Cape Town where he was responsible for a number of buildings. The practice later became WH Grant & Partners.

Grant died in 1957.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Cape Town, South AfricaBusinessBefore 1921After 1927 

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1George Ransomec. 1901 Assistant 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2Robert Ian StewartApril 19211926Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Robert Ian Stewart1927Before 1937Assistant 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Freschi, Federigo1998Form follows facade: the architecture of W H Grant 1920-1932 Image & Text: A journal for Design, Number 8. 1998.  
Item 2 of Website of artefacts, for the recording of South African buildingsCourtesy of Roger Fisher