Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alastair Frew Wallace (or Alexander Frew Wallace)
Designation: Architect
Born: 21 March 1908
Died: 5 April 1994
Bio Notes: Alastair Frew Wallace was born on 21 March 1908, the son of Alexander Wallace, coal master, and his Jean Cameron. He was articled to Keppie & Henderson in 1928, studying at the Glasgow School of Architecture. He travelled in France and Italy in autumn 1932 and the following year was admitted ARIBA in 1933, his proposers being John Keppie, Andrew Graham Henderson and William James Smith.

In that same year he was taken into partnership by Richard Mervyn Noad (generally known simply as Mervyn Noad), two years his senior, who had also served his apprenticeship with Keppie & Henderson. In 1934 Wallace made a further trip abroad, this time to America.

Both Noad and Wallace were elected FRIBA on 10 October 1950 with the same proposers - Andrew Graham Henderson, Edward Grigg Wylie and George Arthur Boswell. At that time their office was at 278 St Vincent Street. Wallace's FRIBA nomination papers give his name as Alexander Frew Wallace; the date of his change of first name is unclear, but must have been after 1939-40 when the RIBA Kalendar still listed him as Alastair.

The practice of Noad & Wallace closed in 1978.

Wallace died on 5 April 1994. His wife Jeanette Gertrude MacDougall, had predeceased him.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 5Solsgirth (or Salsgirth), Kirkintilloch, Dunbartonshire, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1933After 1939 
Item 2 of 5261, West George Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1935 *  
Item 3 of 5220, West Regent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1936After 1938 
Item 4 of 5278, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1950 *  
Item 5 of 5The Old Manse, Strathblane, Stirlingshire, ScotlandPrivate1950 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Employment and Training

Employers

The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2Keppie & Henderson19281932Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Noad & Wallace1933After 1950Partner 

RIBA

RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6George Arthur Boswell10 October 1950for Fellowship
Item 2 of 6Andrew Graham HendersonMid 1933for Associateship
Item 3 of 6Andrew Graham Henderson10 October 1950for Fellowship
Item 4 of 6John KeppieMid 1933for Associateship
Item 5 of 6(Professor) William James SmithMid 1933for Associateship
Item 6 of 6Edward Grigg Wylie10 October 1950for Fellowship

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 48 Claremont Parish ChurchEast Kilbride LanarkshireScotland 
Item 2 of 481933BroadmeadowsSymington AyrshireScotlandHouse, garages, stables, lodge and formal gardens
Item 3 of 481933Prestwick Municipal Buildings, pavilion and officesPrestwick AyrshireScotlandWon competition but design never executed
Item 4 of 481934Renfrew Aerodrome Club HouseRenfrew RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 5 of 481935ThorndeanHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandServants' wing
Item 6 of 481936BroadwoodGifford East LothianScotland 
Item 7 of 481936GlenkinHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandAddition of library
Item 8 of 481937'Recent domestic buildings'   Scotland 
Item 9 of 481937Glasgow Empire Exhibition, Episcopal ChurchBellahouston GlasgowScotland 
Item 10 of 481937House at ShandonShandon DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 11 of 481937House at TroonTroon AyrshireScotland 
Item 12 of 481937Royal Northern Yacht ClubRhu/Row DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 13 of 481938Factory, MacLellan Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 14 of 481938Falkirk Royal Infirmary Nurses' HomeFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandCompetition design - not successful
Item 15 of 481938Glasgow Empire Exhibition, prototype working class flatsBellahouston GlasgowScotland 
Item 16 of 481938Glasgow Empire Exhibition, Scottish Oils and Shellmex PavilionBellahouston GlasgowScotland 
Item 17 of 481938Glasgow Empire Exhibition, Scottish PavilionBellahouston GlasgowScotlandInterior work
Item 18 of 481938HousePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations
Item 19 of 481938House  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 20 of 481938House at TroonTroon AyrshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 21 of 481938Newark ChurchPort Glasgow RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 22 of 481939Church of Scotland new buildingsGiffnock GlasgowScotland 
Item 23 of 481939Episopal Church of the Good ShepherdHillington GlasgowScotland 
Item 24 of 481939FactoryAlloa ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 25 of 481939HouseGartocharn GlasgowScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 26 of 481939House at StrathblaneStrathblane StirlingshireScotland 
Item 27 of 481939Queen's HallDunoon ArgyllScotlandCompetition drawings
Item 28 of 48c. 1939St Aidan's ChurchClarkston GlasgowScotland 
Item 29 of 481940FactoryLesmahagow LanarkshireScotland 
Item 30 of 481940House at BlanefieldBlanefield StirlingshireScotland 
Item 31 of 481945Martnaham Lodge  AyrshireScotlandInterior alterations
Item 32 of 481947Premises, Crow Road  GlasgowScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 33 of 481948Kingsburgh Gardens  EdinburghScotland 
Item 34 of 481948The Overseas League, Claremont Terrace  GlasgowScotland 
Item 35 of 481948UF Church at CroftfootCroftfoot LanarkshireScotland 
Item 36 of 481950Public shelters and lavatoriesHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 37 of 481953Premises, Dundonald RoadKelvinside GlasgowScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 38 of 4813 February 1953Church of Scotland Halls, Ryehill Road  GlasgowScotlandPlans prepared for new halls
Item 39 of 481956Clydebank Faifley Parish ChurchDuntocher DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 40 of 481956St Mark's Episcopal ChurchEast Kilbride, Lanarkshire  Scotland 
Item 41 of 481958Housing development, Ferniegair EstateHelensburgh Dunbartonshire/ArgyllScotland 
Item 42 of 48Late 1950sSt Columba's Church, FoxbarPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 43 of 481960sOffices for Clyde CraneMossend LanarkshireScotland 
Item 44 of 481960s(?)Offices for Scottish Mutual  GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 45 of 481960s(?)Primary School, Bilsland Dive  GlasgowScotland 
Item 46 of 481962Rothiemay HouseMilltown of Rothiemay MorayshireScotland 
Item 47 of 481962Skelmorlie CastleSkelmorlie AyrshireScotlandRestoration
Item 48 of 481973Troon Municipal BuildingsTroon AyrshireScotlandS addition

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 3RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 3The Modern Building Record1910The Modern Building RecordVolume 1London: Wertheimer, Lea & Copp 20-21

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 3RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no5148 (stored with F4554, combined box 21); F no4554 (combined box 21)