Basic Biographical Details

Name: Cook & Hamilton
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1919
Ended: 1941
Bio Notes: Harry Cook was born on 25 June 1880 in Paisley, the son of Archibald Cook, Irish Produce Agent, and his wife Jane. 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. In 1918 this partnership was dissolved and the following year Cook went into partnership with Andrew Hamilton, who had been principal assistant in Thomas Graham Abercrombie's office, where Cook had served his apprenticeship; the new firm name was Cook & Hamilton. 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 17, Gilmour Street, Paisley, Renfrewshire, ScotlandBusiness1930 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 7Henry ('Harry') Cook19191941Partner 
Item 2 of 7Andrew Hamilton19191941Partner 
Item 3 of 7Samuel McColl (sometimes misspelt MacColl)January 1919January 1924Apprentice 
Item 4 of 7James Christopher Rogerson26 May 191931 January 1921Apprentice 
Item 5 of 7James Symington HoustonLate 19241927Assistant 
Item 6 of 7David Gordon McConvilleAfter 1926Before 1938Assistant(?)Possibly apprentice
Item 7 of 7James Baird19311935Apprentice 

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 251911Craigton bakeryGovan GlasgowScotlandAdditions
Item 2 of 251919Paisley TheatrePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAddition and alterations
Item 3 of 25After 1919Lochfield Public SchoolPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 4 of 25After 1919Renfrewshire Education OfficesPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 5 of 25After 1919ShopsPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 6 of 25After 1919Shops  GlasgowScotland 
Item 7 of 251923Craigton bakeryGovan GlasgowScotlandAdditions
Item 8 of 25c. 1924House, Stonefield AvenuePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 9 of 251926Craigton bakeryGovan GlasgowScotlandRemodelling including demolition of 1897 bakery. Addition in 1927 - Elderpark Street elevation and part of Craigton Road.
Item 10 of 251926Galbraiths warehousePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 11 of 251926KirktonGrantown-on-Spey MorayshireScotland 
Item 12 of 25c. 1926Gryffe CastleHouston, Bridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotlandReconstruction of building as children's home
Item 13 of 251928Palace Picture TheatrePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandPlans to be submitted
Item 14 of 251930Erskine Golf ClubhouseErskine RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 15 of 251930LeethlandPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 16 of 251931House at GlenpatrickPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 17 of 25Before 1931(?)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 18 of 25Before 1931(?)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)
Item 19 of 251932New Templar HallPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 20 of 251935New SchoolPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 21 of 251937Paisley Grammar School, Penilee Sports PavilionPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 22 of 251937Warehouse and retail premises for Galbraiths Stores LtdPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 23 of 251937Warehouse for Galbraiths Stores LtdScotstoun GlasgowScotland 
Item 24 of 251938Airdoch, Thornly ParkPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 25 of 251939Galbraiths Store  GlasgowScotland 


Periodical References

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

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architectural practice:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Census records onlineCensuses  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no3581 (box 13); F no2914 (box 14) (Cook); L no3581 (box 13); F no2914 (box 14) (Hamilton)