Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Houston
Designation: Architect
Born: c. 1891
Died: 30 May 1953
Bio Notes: John Houston was born c.1891 and was an Associate of the RIBA although it is not yet known where he trained. He was on the staff of H M Office of Works in Edinburgh, subsequently the Ministry of Works, under John Wilson Paterson with responsibility for the Ancient Monuments estate. He had a particular interest in painted ceilings and brought to it a profound understanding of a wide range of biblical subject matter. He founded and instructed the small staff of artist craftsmen engaged to consolidate them although the methods employed then proved mistaken.

He died on 30 May 1953 aged 61.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/business   

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 2H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)After 1922(?)Before 1943(?)AssistantIn Edinburgh office, working under John Wilson Paterson
Item 2 of 2John Wilson PatersonAfter 1922Before 1943AssistantIn H M Office of Works, Edinburgh

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 8 Culross PalaceCulross FifeScotlandRestoration - date unknown
Item 2 of 8 Falkland PalaceFalkland FifeScotlandRestoration of chapel
Item 3 of 8 Gladstone's Land  EdinburghScotlandRestoration - date unknown
Item 4 of 8 St Mary's ChapelGrandtully PerthshireScotlandRestoration - date unknown
Item 5 of 8 Stirling Castle, Chapel RoyalStirling StirlingshireScotlandRestoration - date unknown
Item 6 of 81932Largs Old Churchyard, Skelmorlie AisleLargs AyrshireScotlandRestoration
Item 7 of 8After 1941Kinneil HouseBo'ness / Borrowstouness West LothianScotlandRestoration - date unknown
Item 8 of 81951Provost Skene's House  AberdeenScotlandRestoration of painted work


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIAS QuarterlyAugust 195393Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)Obituary by Stewart Cruden