Basic Biographical Details

Name: Harry Smith Fairhurst
Designation: Architect
Born: 1868 or 1869
Died: 31 March 1945
Bio Notes: Harry Smith Fairhurst was born in Blackburn, Lancashire in 1868 or 1869. He served his articles with Maxwell & Tuke from 1887 and was subsequently assistant to William Frame in Cardiff until 1895 when he commenced independent practice in Blackburn. He moved to Manchester in 1901 and worked in partnership with James Harold France (born 1872).

The partnership with France was dissolved in 1905. In that year James Alexander Mitchell Hunter joined Fairhurst as assistant, and he was given a share of the business in 1908, a formal partnership ensuing soon afterwards.

Fairhurst was President of the Manchester Society of Architects in 1926-27. He took his son Philip Garland Fairhurst into partnership in 1929. He died on 31 March 1945 having retired four years previously, leaving his son as sole partner.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Blackburn, Lancashire, EnglandBusiness18951901 
Item 2 of 221, Spring Gardens, Manchester, EnglandBusiness1912 *  

* 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 1William Framec. 1892(?)1895Assistant 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3James Alexander Mitchell Hunter1905c. 1908Assistant 
Item 2 of 3Joseph Anderson Allan19061912Chief Assistant 
Item 3 of 3James Alexander Mitchell Hunterc. 1908 Partner 


RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1James Alexander Mitchell Hunter24 June 1912for Licentiateship


Bibliographic References

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