Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Louis David Blanc |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||16 February 1877 |
|Died: ||8 May 1944 |
|Bio Notes: ||Nephew of the eminent Edinburgh architect, Hippolyte Jean Blanc, Louis David Blanc was born on 16 February 1877. He was a pupil of his uncle's from May 1893 to October 1898, working with him on the Coats Memorial Church in Paisley and St Cuthbert's Church in Edinburgh, and studied at Edinburgh School of Art and Heriot-Watt Technical College. During the final year of his apprenticeship he made a three-month study tour of ancient buildings in England and Scotland. He subsequently moved to London where he continued his studies, attending classes for four years at the Architectural Association, for one year at Regent Street Polytechnic and for one year at Chelsea Polytechnic. Throughout this time he made a series of sketching and measuring tours of England and Scotland, including one of three months' duration in 1898. His arrival in London in that year coincided with his commencement as an assistant to Charles John Ferguson. In 1900 he moved to the office of Messrs Crickmay & Sons, where he spent two years before being taken on as a member of staff at the War Office. He left there to join the LCC Architects Department in late 1903, where he worked under William Edward Riley. |
Between 1906 and 1911, Louis Blanc lectured on Building Construction for Surrey County Council, and was Instructor in Architectural Design and Drawing and Lecturer in History of Architecture at Putney and Camberwell Schools of Art. He also later taught at Westminster Technical Institute. He was elected LRIBA in 1911, his proposers being Hippolyte Jean Blanc and William Richard Lethaby. At that time he was still at the LCC. He commenced independent practice in London in 1920 and specialised in department stores, acting as house architect to Harrods towards the end of the decade and writing a number of articles for technical journals on store design and building regulations. In all he taught evening classes for twenty-two years. He was an active member of the RIBA, being honorary secretary of its Building Acts Committee, a member of the Practice Committee, and representing the Institute at the formation of the Building Industries National Council.
In 1937 Blanc visited South Africa. He gave several talks to the Cape Provinical Institute of Architects, one of which was printed in the 'Architect, Builder & Engineer' (June 1937) and was entitled 'A British Architect looks at South Africa'. He is reputed to have made various controversial remarks during his stay in South Africa. He also designed Stuttaford's main store in Cape Town.
He was elected FRIBA on 5 December 1938, his proposers being chief LCC architect Edwin Paul Wheeler, Leo Sylvester Sullivan and Sidney Tatchell.
Blanc died on 8 May 1944, his death being registered in Croydon.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|10, Bushwood Road, Kew, London, England||Private||1911 *|| || |
|32-24, Haus Crescent, London, England||Business||1935 *|| || |
|10, New Burlington Street, London, England||Business||1938 *|| || |
|23b, North Hill, Highgate, London, England||Private||1938 *|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
Employees or Pupils
|The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):|
| ||Name||Date from||Date to||Position||Notes|
|Leslie Hugh Wilson (known as Hugh Wilson)||May 1933||August 1935||Assistant|| |
Buildings and Designs
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|Who's Who in Architecture||1923|| || || || |
|Who's Who in Architecture||1926|| || || || |
|www.artefacts.co.za|| ||www.artefacts.co.za|| ||Website of artefacts, for the recording of South African buildings||Accessed September 2011.|
|The following periodicals contain references to this architect:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|Architect Builder & Engineer||June 1937|| || ||pp12-14|
|Builder||July 1944||5:6|| ||p77 Obituary|
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|England and Wales||Births, marriages and deaths|| || |
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||L v13 no 881; F no3502 (box 24)|