Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Alexander Mackintosh |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||2 October 1861 |
|Died: ||2 August 1945 |
|Bio Notes: ||Alexander Mackintosh was born in London on 2 October 1861. He was articled to Matthews & Lawrie of Inverness in 1878 or 1879 and moved to the Aberdeen branch of the same firm, Matthews & Mackenzie, in 1884, probably to work on the Northern Assurance Offices (AGR Mackenzie, in discussion with Tom Watson, recalled a brilliant draughtsman who assisted with this building, but could not remember his name); his ARIBA papers, however, fail to mention the initial period in Inverness. |
Thereafter he moved to Edinburgh for the years 1885 and 1886, during which period his services were shared by Kinnear & Peddie and Sir Robert Rowand Anderson, but on what basis is unclear. In 1886 or 1887 he moved to London to work for H Saxon Snell & Son, William Young and Aston Webb, which enabled him to study at the RA Schools. He won the RIBA Silver medal (drawings) in 1890, the Tite Prize in 1891 and having passed the qualifying exam was admitted ARIBA on 7 March 1892, his proposers being Young, Webb and his master at the RA Schools, Richard Phené Spiers. He had undertaken study tours over the previous two years which embraced Italy, France, Germany and Belgium.
He emigrated to New York in 1893 to work for Francis Hatch Kimball, commencing practice on his own account in New York in 1901. He quickly acquired a reputation for commercial buildings and large country houses and in his later years was associate architect on the Long Branch New Jersey Housing Project, responsible for Garfield and Grace Courts.
Mackintosh was secretary of the Brooklyn Chapter of the American Institute of Architects from 1903 to 1905 and its President from 1910 to 1912. He became a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1923 and was elected FRIBA on 3 December 1934, his proposers being Victor Daniel Horsburgh, Harvey Wiley Corbett and Alexander Nisbet Paterson.
Mackintosh died in retirement on 2 August 1945. His address was then 624 Woodgate Avenue, New Jersey.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|14, Richmond Crescent, Barnsbury, London, England||Private||1892|| || |
|628, Woodgate Avenue, New York, United States of America||Private||1934 *|| || |
|101, Park Avenue, New York, United States of America||Business||1934 *|| || |
|624, Woodgate Avenue, New York, New York, United States of America||Private||1944 *|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
Employees or Pupils
|The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):|
| ||Name||Date from||Date to||Position||Notes|
|George Colvill Nairne||1906||1909||Assistant|| |
Buildings and Designs
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|British Architectural Library, RIBA||2001||Directory of British Architects 1834-1914|| || || |
|Withey, Henry F and Withey, Elsie Rathburn||1970||Biographical Dictionary of American Architects (Deceased)||Facsimile edition||Los Angeles: Hennessey & Ingalls, Inc (originally published in 1956)||Date of death and of New York Times obituary appear to be incorrectly quoted.|
|The following periodicals contain references to this architect:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|Empire State Architect||1945||5|| ||p5|
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||A v11 p120 (microfiche 50/C2); F no3228 (box 19)|