Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander Cunningham Forrester
Designation: Architect
Born: 1858
Died: 12 January 1911
Bio Notes: Alexander Cunningham Forrester was born in 1858 and was articled to John Lessels of Edinburgh in 1872. On completion of his apprenticeship in 1877 he joined Robert Rowand Anderson as assistant, subsequently serving as assistant to William Forrest Salmon of James Salmon & Son from 1879 to 1881 and finally to H & D Barclay of Glasgow from 1881 to 1882. In the latter year he moved to London and apparently worked in the Architects' Department of the School Board for a time, but later that year became chief assistant in the office of Karslake & Mortimer, a firm which was surveyor to several London estates.

In 1895 Mortimer died and Lewis Karslake retired both from the partnership and from his post as Surveyor to the Hospital of Consumption. Forrester then succeeded both to the practice and to the surveyor's post. He was admitted FRIBA relatively late in his career, on 5 December 1904, his proposers being Robert Rowand Anderson, Robert Stephen Ayling and Arthur Ardron. His works were mainly ecclesiastical but also included commercial and residential buildings and factories, and all were in England or Ireland. He died on 12 January 1911.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate 1882 
Item 2 of 344, Kensington Hill Gardens, London, EnglandPrivate1904 *  
Item 3 of 335, Old Queen Street, Westminster, London, EnglandBusiness1904 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 6John Lessels18721877Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6(Sir) Robert Rowand Anderson18771879Assistant 
Item 3 of 6James Salmon & Son18791881Assistant 
Item 4 of 6H & D Barclay18811882Assistant 
Item 5 of 6London School Board Architect's Office (LCC Education Committee)18821882Assistant 
Item 6 of 6Karslake & Mortimer18821884Chief Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3(Sir) Robert Rowand Anderson5 December 1904for Fellowship
Item 2 of 3Arthur Ardron5 December 1904for Fellowship
Item 3 of 3Robert Stephen Ayling5 December 1904for Fellowship

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 11898St Andrew's Presbyterian ChurchBlackrock County DublinEireJointly with John Campbell Turner Murray.


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder10 February 1911v100 p189 - obituary
Item 2 of 2RIBA Journal4 February 1911v18London: Royal Institute of British Architectspp250, 252 - obituary

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 F v15 p55 no967 (microfilm reel 11)