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:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 414, Richmond Crescent, Barnsbury, London, EnglandPrivate1892  
Item 2 of 4628, Woodgate Avenue, New York, United States of AmericaPrivate1934 *  
Item 3 of 4101, Park Avenue, New York, United States of AmericaBusiness1934 *  
Item 4 of 4624, Woodgate Avenue, New York, New York, United States of AmericaPrivate1944 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 8Matthews & Lawrie1878 or 18791883Apprentice 
Item 2 of 8Matthews & Mackenzie18841885(?)AssistantRemained as assistant for one year
Item 3 of 8Kinnear & Peddie18851886Assistant 
Item 4 of 8Wardrop & Anderson18851886Assistant 
Item 5 of 8H Saxon Snell & SonAfter 1886Before 1892Assistant 
Item 6 of 8Aston WebbAfter 1886Before 1892Assistant 
Item 7 of 8William YoungAfter 1886Before 1892Assistant 
Item 8 of 8Francis Hatch Kimball18931901(?)Assistant 

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 1George Colvill Nairne19061909Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6Harvey Wiley Corbett3 December 1934for Fellowship
Item 2 of 6Victor Daniel Horsburgh3 December 1934for Fellowship
Item 3 of 6Alexander Nisbet Paterson3 December 1934for Fellowship
Item 4 of 6Richard Phené Spiers7 March 1892for Associateship
Item 5 of 6Aston Webb7 March 1892for Associateship
Item 6 of 6William Young7 March 1892for Associateship

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 21883 or 1884Northern Assurance Company Head Office  AberdeenScotlandProbably involved, as assistant to Matthews & Mackenzie
Item 2 of 21904Summer residence for the Misses Drier of BrooklynStonington ConnecticutUnited States of America 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 2Withey, Henry F and Withey, Elsie Rathburn1970Biographical Dictionary of American Architects (Deceased)Facsimile editionLos Angeles: Hennessey & Ingalls, Inc (originally published in 1956)Date of death and of New York Times obituary appear to be incorrectly quoted.

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Empire State Architect19455 p5

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A v11 p120 (microfiche 50/C2); F no3228 (box 19)