Basic Biographical Details

Name: D & J Smart
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: c. 1887
Ended: 1895
Bio Notes: David Smart was born in Alyth in 1824. It is not known where he was first apprenticed but 'for many years' he worked in the office of David Bryce. The office legend was that they quarrelled, resulting in Smart leaving to buy William Macdonald Mackenzie's Perth practice from his widow, and that the quarrel was quickly regretted and made up; Bryce presented Smart with a plaster copy of his bust by George McCallum, which was still in the entrance hall of their office in the 1960s.

Smart's early Scots baronial and Italian Renaissance work is indistinguishable from Bryce's. By the late 1870s his public and commercial buildings had become Victorian late classic with French roofs, a development perhaps associated with James Smart, who was either his nephew or his son and was his partner from at least 1887 as 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.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 142, Tay Street, Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandBusiness 1895 

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 4David Smartc. 1887(?)1895Senior Partner 
Item 2 of 4James Smartc. 1887(?)1895Partner 
Item 3 of 4John Walker Smart18881892Apprentice 
Item 4 of 4Donald Alexander Stewart1 August 18921895Apprentice 

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 111887Blairgowrie Methodist ChurchBlairgowrie PerthshireScotlandMay be David Smart on his own and not in partnership
Item 2 of 111887Coupar Angus Public HallCoupar Angus Perthshire/AngusScotlandMay be David Smart on his own and not in partnership
Item 3 of 11189151 WatergatePerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 4 of 111894Good Templar HallPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 5 of 11After 1894Pumping StationPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 6 of 111894 or 1895Perth District Asylum, Pinel House and Tuke HouseMurthly PerthshireScotland 
Item 7 of 1118956-12 Kinnoull Street and High StreetPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 8 of 111895Buildings for John MorganPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 9 of 111897Grand Temperance Hotel and Associated BuildingsPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 10 of 111899Brand's BuildingsPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 11 of 111899Royal Bank of Scotland BuildingsPerth PerthshireScotland 


Archive References

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