Basic Biographical Details

Name: Henry ('Harry') Cook
Designation: Architect
Born: 25 June 1880
Died: 27 October 1954
Bio Notes: Henry Cook, always known as Harry Cook, was born on 25 June 1880, the son of Archibald Cook, produce importer, and his wife Jane Martin. He was articled to Thomas Graham Abercrombie in 1897, concurrently studying at the Technical School and School of Design, Paisley. He commenced independent practice in the same town in either 1902 or 1904 (there being a discrepancy between the dates he gives on his two sets of RIBA nomination papers) and became a partner of James Craig Barr, a fellow apprentice of Abercrombie's, in the latter year.

Cook was an outstanding Beaux-Arts classical designer as can be seen at the North of Scotland Bank in Paisley, built in 1909-10, but no further commission on the same scale was to come his way. Around 1918 the partnership of Craig Barr & Cook was dissolved, and the following year Cook went into partnership with Andrew Hamilton, who had been principal assistant in Abercrombie's office, the new firm name being Cook & Hamilton. Cook was admitted LRIBA in late 1930 or early 1931, proposed by John Watson, George Arthur Boswell and the then secretary of the Glasgow Institute of Architects. He was elected FRIBA only a few months later, his proposers being Watson, Boswell and Andrew Graham Henderson.

By about 1950 Cook is described as retired. He died on 27 October 1954 at Westland Nursing Home, Paisley, survived by his wife, Eva Sarah Houldsworth Gardner, and at least one son.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 25 (or 7?), Gilmour Street, Paisley, Renfrewshire, ScotlandBusinessBefore 19191939 or after 1940(?) 
Item 2 of 2Cragroy|Cragory/41 or 39, Thornly Park Avenue, Paisley, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1930After 1931According to HS Cook lived at no 39 Thornly Park Avenue

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 3Thomas Graham Abercrombie1897Before 1904Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3J Craig Barr & Cook1904(?)c. 1918Partner 
Item 3 of 3Cook & Hamilton19191941Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 5George Arthur BoswellLate 1930 or early 1931for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 5George Arthur Boswell1931for Fellowship
Item 3 of 5Andrew Graham Henderson1931for Fellowship
Item 4 of 5John WatsonLate 1930 or early 1931for Licentiateship
Item 5 of 5John Watson1931for Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6James Baird20 July 1943For Associateship
Item 2 of 6Thomas Barr7 May 1946For Associateship
Item 3 of 6James Symington Houston11 December 1945for Licentiateship
Item 4 of 6Samuel McColl (sometimes misspelt MacColl)5 March 1934for Associateship
Item 5 of 6David Gordon McConville5 December 1938for Associateship
Item 6 of 6Donald Murray12 March 1946for 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 721904House, Thornly Park AvenuePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandPlans dated
Item 2 of 721904Makerston HousePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandPlans dated
Item 3 of 721905Foxburn, Thornly ParkPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 4 of 721905Linton, Thornly ParkPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 5 of 721905Madala, Arkleston RoadPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions
Item 6 of 72190685 Neilston RoadPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 7 of 721906BelmontPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAlteration on workshop roof
Item 8 of 721906DunrodPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations
Item 9 of 721906Garrail, Thornly ParkPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 10 of 721906Langroods CottagePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAlteration
Item 11 of 721907House, Glasgow RoadPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 12 of 721907NethertonPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandWashhouse
Item 13 of 721907Premises for J & M SwanPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAddition
Item 14 of 721907Stonefield CottagePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 15 of 721908DunrodPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions
Item 16 of 721909Conservatory, Stonefield AvenuePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions
Item 17 of 721909CragroyPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions
Item 18 of 721909Laighpark DyeworksPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions
Item 19 of 721909North of Scotland and Town & County BankPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 20 of 721909Tenement, 10 Lawn StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 21 of 721909Tenement, Back Sneddon StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 22 of 721910Drill Hall  GlasgowScotland 
Item 23 of 721910Lismore, Thornly ParkPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 24 of 721910School for defective children  GlasgowScotland 
Item 25 of 721911Craigton bakeryGovan GlasgowScotlandAdditions
Item 26 of 721911Hugh Smiley Day NurseryPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 27 of 721912George Street Baptist Church hallPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 28 of 721912Laighpark DyeworksPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandScouring house and alterations and additions
Item 29 of 721912Motor Garage, Thornly ParkPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 30 of 721912Riccartsbar HousePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 31 of 721912Royal Engineers Drill HallPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 32 of 721913ChapelhillPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandMotor garage
Item 33 of 721913Imperial Starch WorksPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAddition
Item 34 of 721913Stable offices, Back SneddonPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 35 of 721913Workshop, Weir Street and New SmithhillsPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 36 of 721914BelmontPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandWashing space and gateway
Item 37 of 721914Cinema, 19 Lawn StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandCinema entrance
Item 38 of 721914House and stable, 19 Incle StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandShed
Item 39 of 721914Royal Starch WorksPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions
Item 40 of 721914Shops, Moss Street and Dyers WyndPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions for Alexander Gardner
Item 41 of 721915Laighpark DyeworksPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions
Item 42 of 721916Old Bishopton HouseBishopton RenfrewshireScotlandReconstruction and gatelodge
Item 43 of 721916Seedhill Finishing WorksPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions
Item 44 of 721917Hawkhead WorksPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandCanteen and cloakroom
Item 45 of 721917Premises in Greenhill RoadPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions
Item 46 of 721918Premises in Greenhill RoadPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandGarage
Item 47 of 721918Seedhill Finishing WorksPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions
Item 48 of 721919ArdvuelaHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 49 of 721919Paisley TheatrePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAddition and alterations
Item 50 of 72After 1919Lochfield Public SchoolPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 51 of 72After 1919Renfrewshire Education OfficesPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 52 of 72After 1919ShopsPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 53 of 72After 1919Shops  GlasgowScotland 
Item 54 of 721923Craigton bakeryGovan GlasgowScotlandAdditions
Item 55 of 72c. 1924House, Stonefield AvenuePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandFor himself
Item 56 of 721926Craigton bakeryGovan GlasgowScotlandRemodelling including demolition of 1897 bakery. Addition in 1927 - Elderpark Street elevation and part of Craigton Road.
Item 57 of 721926Galbraiths warehousePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 58 of 721926KirktonGrantown-on-Spey MorayshireScotland 
Item 59 of 72c. 1926Gryffe CastleHouston, Bridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotlandReconstruction of building as children's home
Item 60 of 721928Palace Picture TheatrePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandPlans to be submitted
Item 61 of 721930Erskine Golf ClubhouseErskine RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 62 of 721930LeethlandPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 63 of 721931House at GlenpatrickPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 64 of 72Before 1931House for A A GardnerPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandDate uncertain
Item 65 of 72Before 1931House for J M GreenleesPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 66 of 721932New Templar HallPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 67 of 721935New SchoolPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 68 of 721937Paisley Grammar School, Penilee Sports PavilionPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandHS list says it is by H Cook
Item 69 of 721937Warehouse and retail premises for Galbraiths Stores LtdPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 70 of 721937Warehouse for Galbraiths Stores LtdScotstoun GlasgowScotland 
Item 71 of 721938Airdoch, Thornly ParkPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 72 of 721939Galbraiths Store  GlasgowScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no3581 (box 13); F no2914 (box 14)