Basic Biographical Details

Name: Mears & Carus-Wilson
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: c. 1928
Ended: 1934
Bio Notes: About 1928 Frank Charles Mears took into partnership Charles Denny Carus-Wilson, born 1886, who came from Sevenoaks. Carus-Wilson had studied at the Architectural Association Schools 1904-05 before being articled to John Belcher in 1906-08; he travelled in Norway and Sweden and passed the qualifying exam in 1909, being admitted ARIBA on 29 November of the same year. His proposers were Belcher, William Howard Seth Smith and Hugh Patrick Guarin Maule, all of London. Like Mears, Carus-Wilson taught at Edinburgh College of Art. His partnership with Mears, based in an office at 3 Forres Street, Edinburgh, was dissolved in 1934 when the practice became simply F C Mears, architect, and moved to 44 Queen Street in 1935.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 13, Forres Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 19281934 

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 8Kenneth Andrew Beggc. 19281929Assistant 
Item 2 of 8William Ogilviec. 1928(?)After 1930(?) It seems likely that Ogilvie was employed by Mears & Carus-Wilson since they shared the same address
Item 3 of 8Norman Alexander Gordon Neilc. 1928Before 1931Assistant 
Item 4 of 8(Sir) Frank Charles Mearsc. 19281934Partner 
Item 5 of 8Charles Denny Carus-Wilsonc. 19281934Partner 
Item 6 of 8James William Hills1929After 1931Draughtsman 
Item 7 of 8Robert Philip Andrew Hurd1930 or 19311932Assistant 
Item 8 of 8Norman Alexander Gordon Neil1931 * Chief Assistant 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 171928Huntly House  EdinburghScotlandRestoration as museum - Mears responsible
Item 2 of 17c. 1928Scottish National Zoological Park, north sectionCorstorphine EdinburghScotlandCarus-Wilson responsible
Item 3 of 171929Scottish National Zoological Park, Monkey HouseCorstorphine EdinburghScotland 
Item 4 of 171930Aberchalder Bridge over the River Oich  Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 5 of 171930Bridge over the River OichAberchalder Inverness-shireScotlandWith Blyth & Blyth as consulting engineers
Item 6 of 171930Lucy Sanderson Cottage HomesGalashiels SelkirkshireScotland 
Item 7 of 17c. 1930Bridge carrying re-aligned A862 over Alt DoeFort Augustus Inverness-shireScotland'Probably' (HS)
Item 8 of 17c. 1930Dirleton Parish ChurchDirleton East LothianScotlandMears supervised the reorganisation of the interior or perhaps just the installation of new stained glass
Item 9 of 17c. 1930Whitebridge, new Bridge  Inverness-shireScotland'Probably' (HS)
Item 10 of 171932Bridge over the River GarryInvergarry Inverness-shireScotland'Probably' (HS)
Item 11 of 171932Spean Bridge over the River Spean  Inverness-shireScotlandBridge widened
Item 12 of 171933Drumnadrochit Bridge  Inverness-shireScotlandBridge widened
Item 13 of 171933Invermoriston BridgeInvermoriston Inverness-shireScotlandMears & Carus-Wilson as architects; Blyth & Blyth as enginners
Item 14 of 171934Fort Augustus Bridge over the River OichFort Augustus Inverness-shireScotlandSir Frank Mears as architect, Blyth & Blyth as engineers
Item 15 of 171934(?)Tenement, 91 CastlegateJedburgh RoxburghshireScotlandHS attribution
Item 16 of 17Before 1934Ardgour ChurchArdgour Inverness-shireScotlandPulpit, communion table and chairs
Item 17 of 17c. 1934Connor Street housing schemePeebles PeeblesshireScotland 


Currently, there are no references for this architectural practice. The information has been derived from: the British Architectural Library / RIBA Directory of British Architects 1834-1914; Post Office Directories; and/or any sources listed under this individual's works.