Basic Biographical Details

Name: Frank Edward Belcombe Blanc
Designation: Architect
Born: 27 February 1890
Died: 1962
Bio Notes: Frank Edward Belcombe Blanc (sometimes erroneously referred to as Fred or Frederick E B Blanc) was born on 27 February 1890, the son of the eminent Edinburgh architect Hippolyte Jean Blanc. He was educated at Merchiston Castle School from 1903 to 1906, Edinburgh and studied architecture at Edinburgh College of Art. He entered into partnership with his father some time before 1912 under the style of Hippolyte J Blanc & Son, and continued the practice under the same name after his father's death on 12 March 1917. He became Fellow of the Institute of Architects of Scotland, subsequently the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, but never sought membership of the RIBA. He served on the Council of the Scottish Arts Club from 1924.

He married Frances Yorke Denholm, daughter of George Denholm of Press, Berwickshire, and they had two sons and two daughters. His wife died some time before 1938. Frank continued the Edinburgh practice up to the Second World War. He was still working in the 1950s, by which time the practice was based in Carlisle.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 325, Rutland Square, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1912After 1930 
Item 2 of 318, Atholl Crescent, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness19341939 
Item 3 of 3Carlisle, Cumberland, EnglandBusinessBetween 1950 and 1959  

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 1Hippolyte J Blanc & SonBefore 1912After 1930Partner 

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 10 North British Rubber Company Offices  LondonEngland 
Item 2 of 101911Cinema House  EdinburghScotlandSuperintended work
Item 3 of 101912The Rialto CinemaSoho LondonEngland 
Item 4 of 101917North British Rubber Factory, Castle Mills  EdinburghScotlandAdditions to tyre making department
Item 5 of 101919Pavilion CinemaGalashiels SelkirkshireScotland 
Item 6 of 101920West End Cinema  EdinburghScotlandPlans lodged
Item 7 of 101921BroomhallLimekilns, Dunfermline FifeScotlandSurvey executed
Item 8 of 101925Eight Houses, Willowbrae RoadCorstorphine EdinburghScotland 
Item 9 of 10c. 1930North Gyle Estate Feuing  EdinburghScotlandFeuing plan
Item 10 of 101934St James ChurchPortobello EdinburghScotlandChancel added


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3Merchiston Castle School Merchiston Castle School Register, 1833-1962   
Item 2 of 3Scottish Biographies1938  E J Thurston (pub.) 
Item 3 of 3Who's Who in Architecture1926    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Scotsman14 April 1924