Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander Wingate
Designation: Architect
Born: 1875
Died: 13 October 1915
Bio Notes: Alexander Wingate was born in 1875, the son of Walter Ewing Wingate and Mary Ann Taylor Wingate, of Glasgow and was educated at Kelvinside Academy. He was articled to Miles Septimus Gibson from 1892 to 1897, attending classes at Glasgow School of Art throughout this period. He then obtained a place in the office of John Burnet & Son, from which he moved to London in 1899 as assistant to Arthur Beresford Pite, enabling him to take classes at the Architectural Association and Heatherley's Life School. In 1901 he was awarded a medal in the Advanced Class of Design at the Architectural Association. He remained with Pite until 1903 when he commenced a year-long study tour of France, Italy, Spain and Portugal, returning to continue practice in Glasgow in 1905. He was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, at which time his office was at 131 West Regent Street.

Along with George Bell II, Wingate was appointed Glasgow Institute of Architects representative to the Architectural Department of the Royal Technical College in 1913. He formed a partnership with James Campbell Reid in the following year, probably because Reid was planning to set up practice in London and needed someone to look after his Glasgow business. By that date Wingate had moved to 10 Blythswood Square.

Reid & Wingate's most important building was the McKechnie warehouse on Bell Street, Glasgow, a masterpiece of the classical modern genre. Unfortunately the partnership did not survive the First World War: Wingate, who had reached the rank of Second Lieutentant with the 9th Regiment Highland Light Infantry, was killed in action in France in October 1915 and was buried in Cambrin Churchyard Extension. He left estate valued at 13,000

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 44, Bowmont Terrace, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1892After 1897 
Item 2 of 4131, West Regent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1909After 1915 
Item 3 of 461, Kersland Street, Hillhead, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1911After 1915 
Item 4 of 410, Blythswood Square, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1914 *  

* 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 4Miles Septimus Gibson18921897Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4John Burnet & Son18971899Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Arthur Beresford Pite18991903Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Campbell Reid & Wingate19141915Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1John Bennie Wilson20 July 1911for Licentiateship - as President of the Glasgow Institute of Architects

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 171893Holy Trinity Episcopal ChurchMotherwell LanarkshireScotlandAs apprentice to Miles Septimus Gibson
Item 2 of 171893St Andrew's Episcopal ChurchWishaw LanarkshireScotlandAs apprentice to Miles Septimus Gibson
Item 3 of 171897Greenhead Court  GlasgowScotlandAs assistant to John Burnet & Son
Item 4 of 171897Lochranza Hotel ArranButeScotlandAs assistant to John Burnet & Son
Item 5 of 171899Christ ChurchBrixton LondonEnglandAs assistant to Arthur Beresford Pite
Item 6 of 17After 1899Pagani's Restaurant  LondonEngland'Amer/Ame's House' (extension?) - as assistant to Arthur Beresford Pite
Item 7 of 171903Holy TrinityClapham Common LondonEnglandAs assistant to Arthur Beresford Pite
Item 8 of 17After 19057 Lynedoch Crescent  GlasgowScotlandAlterations and decorations
Item 9 of 17After 19059 Westbourne Gardens  GlasgowScotlandAlterations and decorations
Item 10 of 17After 1905Motor garage, 3 King's Gate, DowanhillPartick GlasgowScotland 
Item 11 of 17After 1905Two blocks of workmen's dwellingsBonnybridge StirlingshireScotland 
Item 12 of 17After 1905Villa, 1 King's Gate, DowanhillPartick GlasgowScotland 
Item 13 of 17190650 Dowanside Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 14 of 171908Stirling Municipal BuildingsStirling StirlingshireScotland3rd Premium in competition
Item 15 of 171909Cottage Design Competition (1909) Glasgow  GlasgowScotland1st Premium (Class II Cottages)
Item 16 of 171911Offices and house for Superintendent of Riddrie Park CemeteryRiddrie GlasgowScotland 
Item 17 of 171914Warehouse, 6-20 Bell Street  GlasgowScotland 


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 2Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder19 December 1913  p 670
Item 2 of 3Builder4 May 1917  p 288 - obituary
Item 3 of 3RIBA Journal6 November 1915v23London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsObituary p8, 13

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Additional research by Iain Paterson
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v21 no1685