Basic Biographical Details

Name: Smart & Stewart
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1 January 1907
Ended: 1924
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.

On 1 January 1907 David Smart took into partnership his senior assistant Donald Alexander Stewart, born 1876, educated at Sharp's Institution, Perth, and articled to Smart from 1892 to 1896. The firm became known as Smart & Stewart.

Smart retired in or about 1911 at the age of 86 and died on 13 October 1914 at the age of ninety. Stewart continued the practice alone under the same name. In early 1911 he was admitted LRIBA, his proposers being George Penrose Kennedy Young and William Fleming Wilkie. In 1919 he employed Robert Matthew Mitchell (born 1874) as an assistant, taking him into partnership five years later, the firm name becoming Smart Stewart & Mitchell.

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, ScotlandBusiness1911 *  

* 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 4David Smart1 January 1907c. 1911Partner 
Item 2 of 4Donald Alexander Stewart1 January 19071924Partner 
Item 3 of 4Robert Matthew Mitchell19191924Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Alexander James CruickshankApril 19221924Apprentice 

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 411901House of Falkland, Stable BlockFalkland FifeScotlandAlterations - octagonal wooden clock turret
Item 2 of 411907Ledlanet House and StablesMilnathort Kinross-shireScotland 
Item 3 of 41After 1907Perth County and City Savings Bank, West End BranchPerth PerthshireScotlandAlterations - D A Stewart responsible
Item 4 of 41After 1907Police BuildingsBridge of Earn PerthshireScotlandD A Stewart responsible
Item 5 of 41After 1907Villa for Miss Pennycuick, Upper CraigiePerth PerthshireScotlandD A Stewart responsible
Item 6 of 411907 or 1908Premises for John Dewar & SonPerth PerthshireScotlandDuty Free warehouse and extension of offices
Item 7 of 411908Masonic Lodge St Andrew No 74Perth PerthshireScotland 
Item 8 of 411908Old AcademyPerth PerthshireScotlandAlterations to Preparatory Department - D A Stewart responsible
Item 9 of 411908Police BuildingsBlairgowrie PerthshireScotland 
Item 10 of 411909St Andrew's Parish ChurchPerth PerthshireScotlandAdditions
Item 11 of 411910Kinross Parish Church ManseKinross Kinross-shireScotlandAdditions and alterations including enlargement of windows
Item 12 of 411910Villa for James Gardiner MPPerth PerthshireScotlandD A Stewart responsible
Item 13 of 411911Fechney Industrial School for BoysPerth PerthshireScotlandAlterations and additions, including laundry
Item 14 of 411911Villa for G N Gray EsqPerth? Perthshire?Scotland 
Item 15 of 41Before 1911J & D GowansPerth PerthshireScotlandAdditions - D A Stewart responsible
Item 16 of 411913Freeland House  PerthshireScotlandRedecoration
Item 17 of 411914North British Glass WorksPerth PerthshireScotlandThree additional buildings
Item 18 of 41Before 1914Auchterarder Glass WorksAuchterarder PerthshireScotland 
Item 19 of 41Before 1914Buildings for John Moncrieff Ltd at Perth harbourPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 20 of 41Before 1914Kinnoull Parish ChurchKinnoull PerthshireScotlandStone restoration
Item 21 of 41Before 1914Scones of Lethendy HousePerth PerthshireScotlandStone restoration
Item 22 of 411919Burscough, Ormskirk War MemorialBurscough, Ormskirk LancashireEngland 
Item 23 of 411919Dunning War MemorialDunning PerthshireScotland 
Item 24 of 411919Feddal HouseBraco PerthshireScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 25 of 411919J Pullar & Sons DyeworksPerth PerthshireScotlandReconstruction
Item 26 of 41After 1919(?)Business block for Messrs Campbell & McLagganPerth? Perthshire?ScotlandUnclear whether done under Smart & Stewart or Smart, Stewart & Mitchell
Item 27 of 41After 1919(?)Business block for Messrs Grove & SonsPerth? Perthshire?ScotlandUnclear whether done under Smart & Stewart or Smart, Stewart & Mitchell
Item 28 of 41After 1919Campbell's DyeworksPerth PerthshireScotlandExtension?
Item 29 of 41After 1919(?)Masonic LodgeBlairgowrie PerthshireScotlandUnclear whether done under Smart & Stewart or Smart, Stewart & Mitchell
Item 30 of 41After 1919(?)Moncrieff Arms HotelBridge of Earn PerthshireScotlandReconstruction and additions - unclear whether done under Smart & Stewart or Smart, Stewart & Mitchell
Item 31 of 41After 1919(?)Sports pavilionPerth PerthshireScotlandUnclear whether done under Smart & Stewart or Smart, Stewart & Mitchell
Item 32 of 411920Darnhall Drive Housing EstatePerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 33 of 411920MeikleourBlairgowrie PerthshireScotlandAdditions - new hall and institute
Item 34 of 411920Perth Fire StationPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 35 of 411920Speycourt Housing SchemePerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 36 of 411921James McEwan & Co's ShopPerth PerthshireScotlandReconstruction
Item 37 of 411921Printing works and offices for J Young & SonPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 38 of 411921Shop for W Brydson & CoPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 39 of 411923Auchterarder InstituteAuchterarder PerthshireScotlandReconstruction and additions
Item 40 of 411923Gannochy Housing EstatePerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 41 of 411923Strowan HouseCrieff (near) PerthshireScotlandAlterations


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
Item 1 of 1Measurers\' Companion1911The Scottish Architects' and Measurers' Companion   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architectural practice:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Blairgowrie Advertiser17 October 1914  Obituary of Smart
Item 2 of 4Builder26 January 1940  Obituary of Stewart
Item 3 of 4Municipal Engineering25 January 1940  Obituary of Stewart
Item 4 of 4Perthshire Advertiser14 October 1914  p5 - obituary of Smart

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architectural practice:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Personal information from J Morrison and H C Miller in 1962
Item 2 of 2Smart, Stewart & Mitchell, Perth - in 1960s)Smart, Stewart & Mitchell Practice Drawings