Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Smart
Designation: Architect
Born: 1847
Died: 22 February 1903
Bio Notes: James Smart was born in 1847 (or possibly 1848), the son of James Smart, farmer, and his wife Ann Stewart and the nephew of David Smart, architect, Perth and was presumably apprenticed to him. David Smart's early Scots baronial and Italian Renaissance work is indistinguishable from Bryce's, but by the late 1870s his public and commercial buildings had become Victorian late classic with French roofs, a development perhaps associated with James's presence.

By 1887 James was a partner, the firm becoming D & J Smart. This partnership was dissolved in 1895, probably due to a family disagreement relating to the readmission of John Walker Smart, James's son (born 1872), to the practice. John had been articled to his father in 1888 and had subsequent experience with Kinnear & Peddie in Edinburgh in 1892, with McLuckie & Walker in Stirling in 1893 and with Thomas Martin Cappon in Dundee in 1894. David retained the existing office at 42 Tay Street, Perth and James opened his own office at 28 York Place in the same town with his son as chief assistant, entering into partnership with him in 1900 as James Smart & Son.

James did not seek membership of the RIBA but John was admitted Licentiate on 16 January 1911; James died on 22 February 1903 leaving moveable estate of 585 4s 2d

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4The Brae, Glasgow Road, Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandPrivate 1903 
Item 2 of 428, York Place, Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandBusiness18951903 
Item 3 of 43, New Scott Street, Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandBusinessAfter 1897  
Item 4 of 436, George Street, Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1897  

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 3David SmartBefore 1887Before 1887Apprentice(?) 
Item 2 of 3D & J Smartc. 1887(?)1895Partner 
Item 3 of 3James Smart & Son18971903(?)Partner 

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 3Gavin Lennox1894c. 1900Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3John Walker Smart18951900Senior Assistant 
Item 3 of 3John Thomas Galletly18981900Apprentice 

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 241887Blairgowrie Methodist ChurchBlairgowrie PerthshireScotlandMay be David Smart on his own and not in partnership
Item 2 of 241887Coupar Angus Public HallCoupar Angus Perthshire/AngusScotlandMay be David Smart on his own and not in partnership
Item 3 of 24189151 WatergatePerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 4 of 241894Good Templar HallPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 5 of 24After 1894Pumping StationPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 6 of 241894 or 1895Perth District Asylum, Pinel House and Tuke HouseMurthly PerthshireScotland 
Item 7 of 2418951-7 Scott Street, corner with High StreetPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 8 of 24189519-23 Kinnoull StreetPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 9 of 2418956-12 Kinnoull Street and High StreetPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 10 of 241895Buildings for John MorganPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 11 of 241896137 South Street and 46-50 Scott StreetPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 12 of 2418968-14 Scott StreetPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 13 of 24189723-27 Scott StreetPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 14 of 24189729-35 Scott Street, including shopfronts at 33 and 35Perth PerthshireScotland 
Item 15 of 241897Grand Temperance Hotel and Associated BuildingsPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 16 of 24189833 St John StreetPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 17 of 24189841 WatergatePerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 18 of 241898Jedburgh BuildingsPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 19 of 241899121-127 High StreetPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 20 of 241899Brand's BuildingsPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 21 of 241899Royal Bank of Scotland BuildingsPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 22 of 24After 1900(?)Buildings for Messrs Muir & Martin, brewersPerth PerthshireScotlandPossibly done by his son John Walker Smart after his death
Item 23 of 24After 1900(?)Business premises for Messrs W & D PeddiePerth PerthshireScotlandPossibly done by his son John Walker Smart after his death
Item 24 of 24After 1900St Mark's ChurchPerth PerthshireScotlandPossibly done by his son John Walker Smart after his death


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1British Architect6 March 1903  p182 - obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Smart, Stewart & Mitchell, Perth - in 1960s)Smart, Stewart & Mitchell Practice Drawings