Basic Biographical Details

Name: Stark & Rowntree
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1890
Ended: 1900
Bio Notes: Malcolm Stark of Glasgow and Fred Rowntree of Scarborough went into partnership in 1890, the same year Rowntree moved from Scarborough to London. The reason for this move is not yet clear but Stark had just won the Govan District Asylum competition and was always coming close to a major national competition win: the Rowntrees had Glasgow connections through the Henderson family and on 6 October 1886 at the Friends Meeting House, North Portland Street Rowntree had married Mary Gray, a daughter of William Gray of Gray, Dunn & Company (biscuit manufacturers), who were also Quakers. Helen Henderson had, as her second husband, married the painter E A Walton and through them Rowntree became acquainted with George Walton, with whom he worked closely for decorative work in the 1890s.

In 1900 the partnership of Stark and Rowntree was dissolved as a long succession of near misses in national competitions, together with health problems, had resulted in Stark declining into alcoholism. They had only narrowly missed winning the commission for Belfast City Hall, and the only significant win which had come to the partnership remained the Govan District Asylum.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3167, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1890Before 1892 
Item 2 of 3189, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 18921894 or 1895 
Item 3 of 3249, West George Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1894 or 1895After 1899 

Employment and Training

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 12Frederick Edward Dotchin18891893 or 1894Apprentice 
Item 2 of 12Charles Crawford18901892Assistant 
Item 3 of 12Malcolm Stark18901900Partner 
Item 4 of 12Fred Rowntree18901900Partner 
Item 5 of 12George GunnJanuary 1891August 1891Draughtsman 
Item 6 of 12John Galt Mitchell18921893Assistant 
Item 7 of 12George Sinclair1892c. 1894Assistant 
Item 8 of 12Thomas Sedgwick Gregson18921897Apprentice 
Item 9 of 12Andrew Rollo18951899Assistant(?) 
Item 10 of 12Austin Woodeson1 March 18961898Assistant 
Item 11 of 12Alexander McInnes Gardner18981899AssistantUnder Malcolm Stark in Glasgow
Item 12 of 12Alexander Cameron Todd1 June 18991900Assistant 

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 381890Govan District AsylumGovan GlasgowScotlandDesign commission (won in competition)
Item 2 of 381890London County Council Municipal Lodging House  LondonEnglandCompetition design - unsuccessful
Item 3 of 381891Glasgow Art Gallery and MuseumKelvingrove GlasgowScotlandCompetition design - reached second tier
Item 4 of 381891Rowntree's Cocoa WorksYork YorkshireEnglandAdditions
Item 5 of 381891Society of Friends Building  DundeeScotlandDesign of elevation in consultation with William Mackison as part of Whitehall Street and Crescent improvement act redevelopment
Item 6 of 381892Kirkintilloch Original Secession ChurchKirkintilloch DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 7 of 381892National SchoolsSnainton YorkshireEnglandDesign exhibited
Item 8 of 381892St Pancras Municipal BuildingsSt Pancras LondonEnglandThird (or second?) premiated competition design
Item 9 of 381892Walsall Town HallWalsall StaffordshireEnglandUnsuccessful competition entry
Item 10 of 381893Biscuit Factory of Gray, Dunn & Co, Kinning ParkKinning Park GlasgowScotlandExtension (115 Stanley Street)
Item 11 of 381893Pump Room and Municipal Buildings extensionBath SomersetEnglandUnsuccessful competition design
Item 12 of 381893The Mount SchoolYork YorkshireEnglandGymnasium
Item 13 of 381894Adult SchoolScarborough YorkshireScotland 
Item 14 of 381894Miss Maris Woodhead's School for Ladies, Gymnasium, WestlandsScarborough YorkshireScotland 
Item 15 of 381894Radnor Park UF ChurchClydebank DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 16 of 381894ResidenceHarrogate YorkshireEnglandDesign exhibited
Item 17 of 381894Society of Friends Mission Hall and InstituteScarborough YorkshireEngland 
Item 18 of 381894Temperance Hall, ScalbyScarborough YorkshireScotland 
Item 19 of 381894UP ChurchBridge of Allan StirlingshireScotland 
Item 20 of 381895Arts and Crafts Exhibition, Queen's Rooms  LondonEnglandWith George Walton
Item 21 of 381895John Rowntree & Sons CaféScarborough YorkshireEnglandWith George Walton
Item 22 of 381895Lady Artists' Club, Blythswood Square  GlasgowScotlandDesigns for Fancy Fair, with George Walton
Item 23 of 381895Shopfront for Neilson, Shaw and Macgregor  GlasgowScotland 
Item 24 of 381896Belfast Town Hall  BelfastNorthern IrelandFirst premiated competition design, but commission subsequently awarded to Alfred Brumwell Thomas
Item 25 of 381896Glasgow School of Art  GlasgowScotlandUnsuccessful competition design
Item 26 of 381896GlenbankLenzie Dunbartonshire/LanarkshireScotlandRemodelled, with George Walton designing interior
Item 27 of 381896Govan District Asylum, gate lodge  GlasgowScotlandHS attribution - 'presumably'
Item 28 of 381896Lady Artists' Club, Blythswood Square  GlasgowScotlandGallery, with George Walton
Item 29 of 381896William Rowntree's department storeScarborough YorkshireEnglandTea room and extensions, with George Walton
Item 30 of 381897Asylum for the Insane  BeirutSyriaDesign exhibited
Item 31 of 381897Town Hall  CardiffWalesUnsuccessful competition design
Item 32 of 381897Victoria Place Baptist ChurchGovanhill GlasgowScotland 
Item 33 of 381898RiseboroughScarborough YorkshireScotlandDuring period of partnership but probably by Fred Rowntree alone
Item 34 of 381898Rowntree's Cocoa WorksYork YorkshireEnglandFurther additions
Item 35 of 381898UP ChurchNewlands GlasgowScotland 
Item 36 of 381899Cartwright Memorial HallBradford YorkshireEnglandCompetition design
Item 37 of 381899Two lodges  YorkshireEngland 
Item 38 of 381899Workshops for George Walton & Co  GlasgowScotlandWith Stark & Rowntree


Currently, there are no references for this architectural practice. The information has been derived from: the British Architectural Library / RIBA Directory of British Architects 1834-1914; Post Office Directories; and/or any sources listed under this individual's works.