Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander Allan Foote & Son
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1 March 1946
Ended: 1982
Bio Notes: Alexander Allan Foote (generally known as Alex) was born on 21 July 1886 and articled to Thomas Saunders Robertson of Dundee on 28 March 1902, studying at Dundee Technical College and School of Art. When Robertson retired in September 1904 he transferred to the office of John Bruce & Son to complete his apprenticeship, remaining as assistant until March 1907. He then moved to London to seek wider constructional experience, finding employment as chief draughtsman to Kleine Fire Resisting Syndicate Ltd and studying at Holloway Polytechnic. He was elected FSA Scot in 1909 and in March the following year left the Kleine Company to settle in Edinburgh and take up an appointment in H M Office of Works. Between then and 1913 he studied at Edinburgh School of Art, Heriot-Watt College and Leith Technical College.

He passed the final exam in 1915 and in December that year he was sent to the Ministry of Munitions as HMOW representative for war buildings works in the Glasgow area. On completion of these works in May 1917 he entered the armed forces. He was demobilised on the request of the Office of Works in January 1919 and returned to that office as Acting Assistant Architect. He was admitted ARIBA in the middle of that year, his proposers being James Cumming Wynnes, John Watson and William Thomas Oldrieve. Later that year he transferred to the Department of Health for Scotland, where he held a number of positions including Assistant Architect for Housing.

He left the Department of Health in 1922 and commenced independent practice from his home at 92 Warrender Park Crescent, Edinburgh. He worked with no staff, only apprentices, often until midnight. He was responsible for a large output of domestic work and private developments. He was admitted FRIBA on 21 June 1937, proposed by William James Walker Todd, John Wilson and George Donaldson Macniven, by which time he had moved his office to 108 George Street. He closed his office on 1 October 1940 and joined the staff of the Scottish Special Housing Association where he tried to adopt RIAS standard house types on the estates it planned and was responsible for the engineering of the roads.

He resumed practice at 9 York Place in April 1945 and on 1 March 1946 he took his son, George Edward Foote into partnership as Alex Allan Foote & Son. The practice moved to 3 Grosvenor Gardens in 1966. Alexander Allan Foote died in 1969 and George Edward Foote in 1991, the practice having closed in 1982.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 29, York Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1 March 19461966 
Item 2 of 23, Grosvenor Gardens, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessBefore 19641982 

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 2Alexander Allan Foote1 March 19461969Partner 
Item 2 of 2George Edward Foote1 March 19461982Partner 

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 161946Bonniefield (Bonniefield) LodgeBarnton EdinburghScotland 
Item 2 of 16195316 Forth Street  EdinburghScotland 
Item 3 of 161954Whinhill School  EdinburghScotland 
Item 4 of 161955Phoenix CinemaKirkwallMainlandOrkneyScotland 
Item 5 of 161957Bell's Brae Primary SchoolLerwickMainlandShetlandScotland 
Item 6 of 161958Dean Street UP Church  EdinburghScotlandConversion from Baptist to UP Church
Item 7 of 161958Post Office and shop  EdinburghScotland 
Item 8 of 1619591-5 Kirk RoadDalserf LanarkshireScotlandRestoration, including slating of roofs
Item 9 of 16Late 1950s or early 1960sDean Park House  EdinburghScotlandAlterationa
Item 10 of 16Late 1950s or early 1960sGeorge Watson's Athletic Club pavilionMyreside EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 11 of 16Late 1950s or early 1960sHousing, Wester LangleeGalashiels SelkirkshireScotland 
Item 12 of 16Late 1950s or early 1960sPowderhall Stadium  EdinburghScotlandAlterations? New pavilion?
Item 13 of 16Late 1950s or early 1960sSports PavilionInverleith EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 14 of 161964Langlee Community CentreGalashiels SelkirkshireScotland 
Item 15 of 161978Islandadd Road Bridge, BellanochKilmartin ArgyllScotland 
Item 16 of 16197923 Well CourtDean EdinburghScotlandAlterations

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Municipal Annual1964Scottish Municipal Annual1964-1965