Basic Biographical Details

Name: J Craig Barr & Cook
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1904
Ended: c. 1918
Bio Notes: James Craig Barr was articled to Thomas Graham Abercrombie and studied at the Glasgow School of Art during 1898-99. He seems to have worked largely in Paisley but also carried out some work in Glasgow. In 1904 he entered into partnership with Henry (Harry) Cook, who had been a fellow apprentice in Abercrombie's office and had studied at the Technical School and School of Design, Paisley. Their first joint project was Makerston House in Paisley, and their only major building the North of Scotland Bank in Paisley, an outstanding essay in Beaux-Arts clasicism, designed in 1909. The partnership was dissolved c.1918, and in the following year Cook took into partnership Andrew Hamilton, also from Thomas Graham Abercrombie's office, the practice becoming Cook & Hamilton. No work by Craig Barr subsequent to the dissolution of the partnership with Cook ha been traced. Hamilton retired in 1941 and died in Glasgow in January 1943.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Paisley, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivate   
Item 2 of 213, St James's Place, Paisley, Renfrewshire, ScotlandBusiness1909After 1911Builder 22 May 1909 and 'Measurers' Companion'

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 4James Craig Barr1904c. 1918Partner 
Item 2 of 4Henry ('Harry') Cook1904(?)c. 1918Partner 
Item 3 of 4Allan Stewart McNair19 December 1904December 1909Apprentice 
Item 4 of 4Allan Stewart McNairDecember 1909October 1912Chief Draughtsman 

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 481904House, Thornly Park AvenuePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandPlans dated
Item 2 of 481904Makerston HousePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandPlans dated
Item 3 of 481905Foxburn, Thornly ParkPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 4 of 481905Linton, Thornly ParkPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 5 of 481905Madala, Arkleston RoadPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions
Item 6 of 48190685 Neilston RoadPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 7 of 481906BelmontPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAlteration on workshop roof
Item 8 of 481906DunrodPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations
Item 9 of 481906Garrail, Thornly ParkPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 10 of 481906Langroods CottagePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAlteration
Item 11 of 481907House, Glasgow RoadPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 12 of 481907NethertonPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandWashhouse
Item 13 of 481907Premises for J & M SwanPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAddition
Item 14 of 481907Stonefield CottagePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 15 of 481908DunrodPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions
Item 16 of 481909Conservatory, Stonefield AvenuePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions
Item 17 of 481909CragroyPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions
Item 18 of 481909Laighpark DyeworksPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions
Item 19 of 481909North of Scotland and Town & County BankPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandCook mainly responsible
Item 20 of 481909Tenement, 10 Lawn StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 21 of 481909Tenement, Back Sneddon StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 22 of 481910Drill Hall  GlasgowScotland 
Item 23 of 481910Lismore, Thornly ParkPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 24 of 481910School for defective children  GlasgowScotland 
Item 25 of 481911Hugh Smiley Day NurseryPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 26 of 481912George Street Baptist Church hallPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 27 of 481912Laighpark DyeworksPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandScouring house and alterations and additions
Item 28 of 481912Motor Garage, Thornly ParkPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 29 of 481912Riccartsbar HousePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 30 of 481912Royal Engineers Drill HallPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 31 of 481913ChapelhillPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandMotor garage
Item 32 of 481913Imperial Starch WorksPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAddition
Item 33 of 481913Stable offices, Back SneddonPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 34 of 481913Workshop, Weir Street and New SmithhillsPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 35 of 481914BelmontPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandWashing space and gateway
Item 36 of 481914Cinema, 19 Lawn StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandCinema entrance
Item 37 of 481914House and stable, 19 Incle StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandShed
Item 38 of 481914Royal Starch WorksPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions
Item 39 of 481914Shops, Moss Street and Dyers WyndPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions for Alexander Gardner
Item 40 of 481915Laighpark DyeworksPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions
Item 41 of 481916Old Bishopton HouseBishopton RenfrewshireScotlandReconstruction and gatelodge
Item 42 of 481916Seedhill Finishing WorksPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions
Item 43 of 481917Hawkhead WorksPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandCanteen and cloakroom
Item 44 of 481917Premises in Greenhill RoadPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions
Item 45 of 481918Premises in Greenhill RoadPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandGarage
Item 46 of 481918Seedhill Finishing WorksPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions
Item 47 of 48Before 1919(?)House for A A GardnerPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandDate uncertain; by Harry Cook, most probably in partnership with Hamilton but possibly with J Craig Barr (if before 1919)
Item 48 of 48Before 1919(?)House for J M GreenleesPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandDate uncertain; by Harry Cook, most probably in partnership with Hamilton but possibly with J Craig Barr (if before 1919)


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
Item 1 of 2Measurers\' Companion1911The Scottish Architects' and Measurers' Companion   
Item 2 of 2Walker, Frank Arneil1986South Clyde Estuary: An Illustrated Architectural Guide to Inverclyde and Renfrew  p13

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architectural practice:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder22 January 1943  Obituary of Andrew Hamilton