Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Anderson
Designation: Architect
Born: 18 September 1880
Bio Notes: John Anderson was born on 18 September 1880. He was articled to Horatio Kelson Bromhead of Glasgow in 1896, attending classes at Glasgow School of Art and Technical College under Charles Gourlay and Alexander McGibbon. On completion of his apprenticeship in 1900 he left Scotland and found employment first in the East Grinstead office of Joseph Douglass Matthews and then with William Gilbee Scott at 25 Bedford Row in central London. He returned to Glasgow in 1902 to join James Lindsay as assistant.

Anderson emigrated to New Zealand in 1908, entering the Government Architect's Office in the Public Works Department, Wellington. He was still there when he was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, his proposers being John Campbell, William Turnbull and William Crichton.

An example of his work in New Zealand is Wharetane, Clive Road, Mount Eden, Auckland which was built in 1926 for the artist Trevor Lloyd.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Government Buildings, Wellington, New ZealandBusiness1908After 1911 

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 5Horatio Kelson Bromhead18961900Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5Joseph Douglass Mathews1900Before 1902Assistant 
Item 3 of 5William Gilbee ScottAfter 19001902Assistant 
Item 4 of 5James Lindsay19021908Assistant 
Item 5 of 5Wellington Public Works Department1908After 1911Assistant(?) 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Campbell20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3William Crichton20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3William Turnbull20 July 1911for Licentiateship

Buildings and Designs

This architect 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 9After 1896Carnegie Libraries   ScotlandCompetition designs - unclear whether on own account or as apprentice/assistant
Item 2 of 9After 1896Colston Hall  BristolEnglandCompetition design for rebuilding? Presumably unexecuted
Item 3 of 9After 1896Design for a hospital  EdinburghScotlandPresumably unexecuted; unclear whether done in independent practice or as assistant
Item 4 of 9After 1896West Shandon House  DunbartonshireScotlandAdditions - as apprentice to Horatio Kelson Bromhead
Item 5 of 91897Highland Light Infantry Volunteers Drill Hall  GlasgowScotlandAs apprentice to Horatio Kelson Bromhead
Item 6 of 91898Campbell, Stewart and Macdonald's warehouses  GlasgowScotlandExtensions on Buchanan Street, Argyle Street and Mitchell Street - as apprentice to Horatio Kelson Bromhead
Item 7 of 91906Burgh of Ayr Infectious Diseases HospitalAyr AyrshireScotlandUnsuccessful competition design
Item 8 of 91907 or 1908Perth Town HallPerth PerthshireScotlandCompetition design - unsuccessful
Item 9 of 91911(?)Manitoba Parliament BuildingsEdmonton WinnipegCanadaUnsuccessful competition design


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Courtesy of Peter SheppardInformation sent via 'Contact Us' on website Sent August 2012. See image of Wharetane at
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v15 no1092