Basic Biographical Details

Name: Harry Edward East
Designation: Architect
Born: 5 January 1877
Died: 1911
Bio Notes: Harry Edward East was born in Dundee on 5 January 1877 and came of a prosperous family of furniture manufacturers. He was articled to Thomas Martin Cappon from July 1894, and although still only in his apprenticeship had a large hand in the design of St Patrick's RC Church in Arthurstone Terrace, Dundee (1896-98). While with Cappon he attended Dundee Technical Institute from 1895 to 1897, winning prizes for architectural history and ornamental design.

On completion of his apprenticeship in November 1898 he secured a place in the office of the Dundonian James Glen Sivewright Gibson, who was then working in partnership with Samuel Bridgman Russell in London. This enabled him to undertake a three-year course at the Royal Academy Schools from 25 July the following year. That August he moved to the office of Rowland Plumbe, and in April 1901 moved again to that of William Edward Riley, who had been appointed architect to London County Council, where he received extensive experience of slum clearance and new working-class housing. In 1902 he won a competition for a large housing scheme in Bermondsey and in October 1903 he formed a partnership with John Sydney Brocklesby and Wallace Marchment, also of the LCC Architects Department, to carry it out. The partnership was not, however, successful in attracting further business and was dissolved by March 1906, when East secured a place in the office of William Alfred Pite.

On 20 March 1911 he was admitted LRIBA, his proposers being William Alfred and Arthur Beresford Pite and James Glen Sivewright Gibson. His travels up to that date had embraced Normandy, Paris, London, southern England, Fife and Dundee. His admittance as LRIBA coincided with his emigration to Montreal to take up an 'important post' in the service of the Canadian Pacific Railway, but took his own life later in the same year following the death of his fiancée.

The RIAS Collection in NMRS has four volumes of his sketches.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 158, Devereux Road, Wandsworth Common, London, EnglandPrivateBefore 19114 March 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 7Thomas Martin CapponJuly 1894November 1898Apprentice 
Item 2 of 7Gibson & RussellNovember 1898August 1899Assistant 
Item 3 of 7Rowland PlumbeOctober 1899April 1901Assistant 
Item 4 of 7London County Council Architects' Department (LCC Architects' Department)May 1901October 1903AssistantUnder William Edward Riley
Item 5 of 7William Edward RileyMay 1901October 1903AssistantIn LCC Architects' Department
Item 6 of 7Brocklesby, Marchment & East19031906Partner 
Item 7 of 7William Alfred PiteMarch 1906March 1910Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James Glen Sivewright Gibson20 March 1911for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Arthur Beresford Pite20 March 1911for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3William Alfred Pite20 March 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 21896Ramsay Arms HotelFettercairn KincardineshireScotlandWorking as assistant to Cappon
Item 2 of 21896St Patrick's RC Church, Presbytery and halls  DundeeScotlandAs assistant to T M Cappon (HS list says that William Gillespie Lamond assisted Cappon in the later stages)


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 2Spencer, Christopher and Wilson, Geoffrey1984The Story of John Sydney Brocklesby   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Journal11 November 1911 London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsObituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Personal information from the late Frank Thomson and Daisy East
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v12 no767 (microfilm reel 33)