Basic Biographical Details

Name: Lowe & Barrie
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1922
Ended: After 1970
Bio Notes: James Lowe was born in 1866 and articled to Ireland & Maclaren of Dundee in 1882. On completing his apprenticeship in 1887 he found employment as an assistant in the office of Robert Blackadder, where he learned the civil engineering side of the business. After two years there he left to become an assistant to James Hendry Langlands Senior, who had been apprentice and assistant with Ireland & Maclaren and had taken over the firm's offices after the deaths of the two partners. Lowe remained with Langlands until 1901 when he set up practice on his own account. His offices were at 104 Commercial Street, Dundee, and remained there for the rest of the practice's existence.

Lowe was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, proposed by William Fleming Wilkie and the Dundee Institute of Architects. By that time he was living at Duncraggan, Blairgowrie where he had particularly good connections and subsequently opened a branch office. Shortly before his death in November 1922, Lowe took his son Robert William Lowe (born 1899) and his assistant Alexander Corbett Barrie into partnership; the two continued the practice thereafter, with Barrie as senior partner. The firm is generally referred to as Lowe & Barrie but appears also to have been known as James Lowe & Co.

Lowe and Barrie were primarily civil engineers. Like William Bruce Dickie Keith they called on Vernon Constable when sophisticated work was required, as at the alterations to A & S Henry's and the Masonic Hall, Tullideph Road, both in Dundee.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4104, Commercial Street, Dundee, ScotlandBusiness1922After 1930 
Item 2 of 49, Brown Street, BlairgowrieBusiness1 February 1957 Builder p252
Item 3 of 439, Dock Street, Dundee, ScotlandBusiness1964 *  
Item 4 of 47, Brown Street, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1964After 1970 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 5James Lowe1922November 1922Partner 
Item 2 of 5Alexander Corbett Barrie1922After 1936Partner 
Item 3 of 5Robert William Lowe1922After 1970Partner 
Item 4 of 5John William Kidd19251928Apprentice 
Item 5 of 5John William Kidd19281929Assistant 

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 111929Powrie Warehouse, Seagate   DundeeScotlandAs James Lowe and Company
Item 2 of 111929Premises Millar's Wynd  DundeeScotlandAs James Lowe and Company
Item 3 of 111929Premises, West Wynd  DundeeScotlandAs James Lowe and Company
Item 4 of 111929Sheds, Hawkhill  DundeeScotlandas James Lowe and Company
Item 5 of 11c. 1929Albert Masonic HallLochee DundeeScotland 
Item 6 of 111933Villa, Strips of Craigie  DundeeScotland 
Item 7 of 111934Villas and bungalowsBlairgowrie PerthshireScotland 
Item 8 of 111934Villas and bungalowsCoupar Angus PerthshireScotland 
Item 9 of 111935Royal British Hotel  DundeeScotlandExtensions
Item 10 of 111936Arnhall Gardens  DundeeScotland 
Item 11 of 111 February 1957Hope Park Housing Scheme, 2nd DevelopmentBlairgowrie and Rattray  ScotlandBuilder p252


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
Item 1 of 2Municipal Annual1964Scottish Municipal Annual1964-1965  
Item 2 of 2RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970