Basic Biographical Details

Name: Andrew Black
Designation: Architect
Born: 1862
Died: 20 December 1927
Bio Notes: Andrew Black was born in 1862 in Motherwell, the son of David Black, joiner and his wife Catherine Turpie. He was articled to John Hutchison in 1877 and remained with him for fifteen years, latterly as chief assistant. He was a fine draughtsman and has a place in history as an influential teacher of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Towards the end of his time at Hutchison's he was largely responsible for the design of Wylie Hill's department store on Buchanan Street. He set up his own practice in Galashiels in 1891, and remained there until joining Robert Miller in partnership in Glasgow in 1899.

Black and Miller were both admitted FRIBA on 11 June 1906, their proposers being John Keppie, Horation Kelson Bromhead and C J MacLean. In their Gothic work the influence of Rowan's free neo-perpendicular was marked.

Black died on 20 December 1927. He was unmarried. He was survived by his sister, Jessie Black who was also unmarried.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 5164, Campbell Avenue, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness *1927 
Item 2 of 5Galashiels, Selkirkshire, ScotlandPrivate/business18911899 
Item 3 of 5256, Allison Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1901 *  
Item 4 of 558, Renfield Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1904After 1907Initially we had in 1901 as the date from which they were at this addess bu cannot trace the source of this information
Item 5 of 525, Princess Street, Pollokshields, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1906 *  

* 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 4John Hutchison1877c. 1882ApprenticeRemained as assistant
Item 2 of 4John Hutchisonc. 18821884Assistant 
Item 3 of 4John Hutchison18841891Chief Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Miller & Black18991927Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Horatio Kelson Bromhead11 June 1906for Fellowship
Item 2 of 3John Keppie11 June 1906for Fellowship
Item 3 of 3C J MacLean11 June 1906for Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2Robert Norman Houghton MacKellarEarly 1914for Associateship
Item 2 of 2James MilneJune 1921For Associateship

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 35c. 1889R Wylie Hill's warehouse  GlasgowScotlandDrawings for decorative sculpture and probably interior work - as apprentice with Hutchison
Item 2 of 351894Glenpark HouseGalashiels SelkirkshireScotland 
Item 3 of 351896Scottish Border Record OfficesGalashiels SelkirkshireScotland 
Item 4 of 351897Unionist ClubGalashiels SelkirkshireScotland 
Item 5 of 351899Fairview HouseMelrose RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 6 of 35After 1899Kingston Mission  GlasgowScotlandMain part of building - date unknown
Item 7 of 351900Dennistoun UP (or UF) Church hall and church officer's houseDennistoun GlasgowScotland 
Item 8 of 351900Engine Waste Factory  GlasgowScotlandAddition.
Item 9 of 351900Shawlands UF ChurchShawlands GlasgowScotland 
Item 10 of 351902Broomhill UF Church and hallsPartick GlasgowScotlandCompetition design - not successful
Item 11 of 351903St Crispin Works  GlasgowScotlandNew building
Item 12 of 351904R Wylie Hill's warehouse  GlasgowScotlandRebuilding after fire
Item 13 of 351905Bridgeton Baptist ChurchBridgeton GlasgowScotland 
Item 14 of 351907Bakery, Soho Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 15 of 351907St Andrews Church of Scotland  ColomboSri Lanka (formerly Ceylon, un 
Item 16 of 351909Bellshill Baptist ChurchBellshill LanarkshireScotland 
Item 17 of 351909Engine Waste Factory  GlasgowScotlandAddition
Item 18 of 351909Hamilton Baptist Church and HallsHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 19 of 351909South Shawlands church hallShawlands GlasgowScotland 
Item 20 of 351910Reformed Presbyterian Church  GlasgowScotland 
Item 21 of 351911Barrowfield Weaving Factory  GlasgowScotlandThree storey block added at rear
Item 22 of 351911Hillhead Baptist Church Mission  GlasgowScotland 
Item 23 of 351912Engineering Works  GlasgowScotlandReinstatement after fire
Item 24 of 351912Ladywell Wire Works  GlasgowScotlandRear extension
Item 25 of 351912South Shawlands ChurchShawlands GlasgowScotland 
Item 26 of 351915Frys Building  GlasgowScotlandReconstruction
Item 27 of 351920sChurch of Christ  GlasgowScotland 
Item 28 of 351921Factory for Messrs Samuel GilchristHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 29 of 351922Harper Memorial Baptist Church  GlasgowScotland 
Item 30 of 351924Uphall UF ChurchUphall West LothianScotland 
Item 31 of 351927Partick Baptist ChurchPartick GlasgowScotland 
Item 32 of 351934Halls for Methodist ChurchWhiteinch GlasgowScotland 
Item 33 of 351937Buildings for Film Transport Services  GlasgowScotland 
Item 34 of 351937Chalmers Memorial Free ChurchAnstruther Easter FifeScotland 
Item 35 of 351939St Philomena's RC School  GlasgowScotland 


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder30 December 1927  p1002 - obituary
Item 2 of 2RIBA Journal24 March 1928 London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp347 - obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Additional information from Iain Paterson
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers F v16 p152 no1093 (microfilm reel 11)