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Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Gibson
Designation: Architect
Born: 2 June 1817
Died: 23 December 1892
Bio Notes: John Gibson was born at Castle Bromwich on 2 June 1817 and educated at King Edward Grammar School in Birmingham. He was articled first to Joseph Aloysius Hansom, but after that architect got into difficulty in 1835 transferred to the office of Charles Barry in London, where he worked until 1844 when he won the competition for the National Bank of Scotland, Queen Street, Glasgow, completed in 1847. He established his reputation in England with the Imperial Assurance Building on Threadneedle Street in 1846, and from at least the second half of the 1840s worked in partnership with G MacDougall. He was admitted ARIBA on 5 February 1849 and FRIBA on 24 January 1853, his proposers being Charles Barry, Thomas Leverton Donaldson and Francis Cranmer Penrose. From 1864, Gibson was architect to the National Provincial Bank.

Gibson retired in 1883, but was Royal Gold Medallist in 1890. He died on 23 December 1892.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Castle Bromwich, West Midlands, EnglandPrivate1817Before 1835Place of birth
Item 2 of 3London, EnglandBusiness1835After 1890 
Item 3 of 311, Park Street, Westminster, London, EnglandBusiness1858 *  

* 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 4Hansom & Welchc. 18321834 or 1835Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4(Sir) Charles Barry1835c. 1837Apprentice 
Item 3 of 4(Sir) Charles Barryc. 18371844Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Gibson & MacDougallc. 1846(?) Partner 


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) Charles Barry5 February 1849for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Thomas Leverton Donaldson5 February 1849for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Francis Cranmer Penrose5 February 1849for 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 31844National Bank of Scotland and Square of Business ChambersShawlands GlasgowScotlandWon competition to secure commission
Item 2 of 31845National Bank of Scotland Head Office (Former)  EdinburghScotlandConsulted on heating and ventillation
Item 3 of 31848Gilmore Hill Estate housing layout  GlasgowScotlandSecond premium (£20) in competition


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 3Graves, Algernon1905The Royal Academy of Arts: a complete dictionary of exhibitors and their works…1905-6London: Graves and Bell1858, no 1024
Item 3 of 3Grove Dictionary of Art Grove Dictionary of Art   


© All rights reserved. Building News 18 July 1890 

© All rights reserved. Building News 18 July 1890