Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Melville Keith
Designation: Architect
Born: c. 1862
Bio Notes: John Melville Keith was born c.1862 and apprenticed to William Smith of Aberdeen c.1877-1882. He then moved to London as assistant to Francis William Tasker for two years, followed by seven as chief assistant to Edward Cookworth Robins from whose office he moved to that of John Slater in 1891. He passed the qualifying exam in 1892 and was admitted ARIBA on 9 January 1893, his proposers being Slater, Arthur Cates and Thomas Edward Collcutt: at that date he was living at 55 Achilles Road, Hampstead. Sometime thereafter Slater took him into partnership: Slater's son John Alan Slater joined the partnership in 1910. They were architects to London Electricity Generating Board and to the Berners estate from 1891.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 255, Achilles Road, Hampstead, London, EnglandPrivate1892 *  
Item 2 of 246, Berners Street, London, EnglandBusinessBefore 1914After 1923 

* 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 5William Smith II18771882Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5Francis William Tasker18821884Assistant 
Item 3 of 5Edward Cookworthy Robins18841891Chief Assistant 
Item 4 of 5John Slater1891Before 1910Chief Assistant(?) 
Item 5 of 5Slater & KeithAfter 1893Before 1910Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Arthur Cates9 January 1893for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Thomas Edward Collcutt9 January 1893for Associateship
Item 3 of 3John Slater9 January 1893for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 3Gray, A Stuart1985Edwardian Architecture: A Biographical Dictionary  p333
Item 3 of 3Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A v12 p29 (microfiche 53/B1)