Basic Biographical Details

Name: Hall & Dods
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1896
Ended: 1913
Bio Notes: In 1895 Robin Smith Dods (also known as Robert) - who had been born in Dunedin, New Zealand and had trained with Hay & Henderson in Edinburgh and subsequently worked for Sir Aston Webb & E Ingress Bell and Dunn & Watson in London, and who was a close friend of Robert Stodart Lorimer - returned to his mother in Brisbane and formed a connection with Francis Richard Hall, whose father had been Dr Charles Marks's architect, to enter the competition for the nurses' home at Brisbane General Hospital. When their design won this competition in December of that year, Hall dissolved his partnership with Edward Myer Myers and took Dods as his partner in August 1896. This enabled Dods to marry Mary Marian King, whom he had met travelling in Italy in 1891, in March 1899, the marriage taking place in Sydney, and for her he built the fine timber house on Abbot and Sydney Streets, New Farm in 1900. Prior to his marriage Dods twice visited her in the USA and doubtless studied developments in contemporary American architecture although his designs for public buildings remained faithful to Aston Webb's free classical manner.

In 1900 Dods supervised the construction of the Edwards Dunlop Building in Brisbane for the Sydney architects Slayter & Cosh. Lacking commissions for major public buildings in Brisbane, Dods maintained a connection with this firm, which became Alfred Spain & Thomas F Cosh, designing the Daily Telegraph Building in Sydney for them in 1912. This induced him to become a partner in that firm, which took the practice name of Spain Cosh & Dods, when he moved to Sydney in 1913, Hall then merging his practice with that of the Sydney architects J F and B J Hennessy as Hennessy & Hennessy & F R Hall.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Brisbane, AustraliaBusiness   
Item 2 of 2c/o Forsyth & Maule/309, Oxford Street, London, EnglandBusiness1910 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1Robin Smith Dods (or Robert Smith Dods)  Partner 

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 2Robin Smith Dods (or Robert Smith Dods)1896c. 1913(?)PartnerSeems to be a difference of opinion as to when the partnership finished. Bal says 1916 but we have 1913.
Item 2 of 2Francis Richard Hall18961916PartnerSeems to be a difference of opinion as to when the partnership finished. Bal says 1916 but we have 1913.

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 31910Country ChurchLaidley QueenslandAustraliaProposed
Item 2 of 31910Diocesan Office  BrisbaneAustralia 
Item 3 of 31910Insurance Offices  BrisbaneAustralia 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
Item 1 of 4British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 4Lund, Neville H1958Robin S Dods: the life and work of a distinguished Queensland   
Item 3 of 4Placzek, Adolf K (ed)1982Macmillan Encyclopedia of Architects New York: The Free Press/Macmillan Publishing Company 
Item 4 of 4Watson, Donald and McKay, Judith1994Queensland Architects of the 19th Century Brisbane: Queensland Museum