Basic Biographical Details

Name: David Henry Hunter
Designation: Architect
Born: 1877
Died: 29 August 1949
Bio Notes: David Henry Hunter was born in 1877 and articled to James Ritchie, then nearing the end of his career, in 1894. He attended Glasgow School of Art and the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College, studying under William James Anderson and Charles Gourlay. On completing his apprenticeship in 1898, he joined the office of Burnet & Boston in Glasgow, working under James Carruthers for two years before moving to Sussex to join the Brighton Corporation Architects Department. After two-and-a-half years there he took up a similar post in Swindon, and nine months later he moved again to spend a year with Twickenham Council followed by two years with the Admiralty Works Department. He returned to Glasgow in 1907 to work as chief assistant to Neil Campbell Duff, and was still there on 4 July 1910 when he was admitted LRIBA, his proposers being Duff, William Brown Whitie and Horatio Kelson Bromhead.

Hunter emigrated to Canada in 1911 and took a post in the Architectural Division of the Canadian Pacific Railway in Montreal but remained there only a few months before he moved to the Chief Architect's Branch of the Department of Public Works in Ottawa, receiving an offer of permanent appointment on 10 October 1912 where he remained until his retirement in 1946.

In 1920 in New York he had married Mary Breen, daughter of Michael Breen of Liverpool.

He died after a short illness on 29 August 1949.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 153, Thornwood Drive, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1910 *  

* 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 6James Ritchie18941898Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6Frank Burnet & Boston18981900Assistant 
Item 3 of 6Brighton Corporation Architects' Department1900c. 1903Assistant(?) 
Item 4 of 6Swindon Corporation Architect's Departmentc. 1903c. 1904Assistant(?) 
Item 5 of 6Admiralty Works Department (Whitehall)c. 19051907Assistant(?) 
Item 6 of 6Neil Campbell Duff1907After 1910Chief Assistant 


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 Bromhead4 July 1910for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Neil Campbell Duff4 July 1910for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3William Brown Whitie4 July 1910for Licentiateship

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 18After 1894F & J Smith Tobacco Factory  GlasgowScotlandAs apprentice/assistant, either to James Ritchie or to Burnet & Boston
Item 2 of 181898Castle Chambers and Palace Restaurant  GlasgowScotlandAs apprentice/assistant to Frank Burnet & Boston
Item 3 of 18c. 1898Paxtons Hotel  GlasgowScotlandAs apprentice/assistant to Burnet & Boston
Item 4 of 181900Tenements for Glasgow City Improvement Trust, High Street  GlasgowScotlandAs assistant to Burnet & Boston
Item 5 of 18After 1900Library and MuseumBrighton SussexEnglandAs assistant
Item 6 of 18After 1900MarketsBrighton SussexEnglandAs assistant
Item 7 of 18After 1900Tramway OfficesBrighton SussexEnglandAs assistant
Item 8 of 18After 1900Two HospitalsBrighton SussexEnglandAs assistant
Item 9 of 181903 or 1904MarketsSwindon WiltshireEnglandAs assistant
Item 10 of 181903 or 1904Pumping StationSwindon WiltshireEnglandAs assistant
Item 11 of 181904 or 1905Pumping Station and Refuse DestructorTwickenham MiddlesexEnglandWorking for Twickenham Council
Item 12 of 181907Cleland Testimonial Building  GlasgowScotlandConversion to George Hotel - as chief assistant to Neil Campbell Duff
Item 13 of 181907Glasgow Savings Bank, North Branch  GlasgowScotlandAs chief assistant to Neil Campbell Duff
Item 14 of 181907R F & J Alexander's Cotton Spinning Mill  GlasgowScotlandTop floors converted to Great Eastern Hotel - as chief assistant to Neil Campbell Duff
Item 15 of 18After 1907Guardian Assurance Office  GlasgowScotlandAs chief assistant to Neil Campbell Duff
Item 16 of 18After 1907Ruchill Street Free Church Halls  GlasgowScotlandAs chief assistant to Neil Campbell Duff
Item 17 of 18After 1907Union Café  GlasgowScotlandAs chief assistant to Neil Campbell Duff
Item 18 of 18After 1907VillasWest Kilbride AyrshireScotlandAs chief assistant to Neil Campbell Duff


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Ottawa Daily Journal30 August 1949  page 5.

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Courtesy of Robert Hill, CanadaInformation sent to Dictionary Sent February 2017
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v1 no84 (microfilm reel 29)