Basic Biographical Details

Name: Sebastian Pugin Powell
Designation: Architect
Born: 1866
Died: 1949
Bio Notes: Sebastian Pugin Powell was born in 1866, the son of the stained-glass maker John Hardman Powell and Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin's eldest daughter Anne. He was articled to his uncle Peter Paul Pugin of Pugin & Pugin in 1884 and remained with that practice for the whole of his career. It is not clear at what date Peter Paul took him into partnership, but by that time his half-brother Cuthbert Welby Pugin's interest in the practice was purely financial and ended with his death in March 1928. After Peter Paul's death in March 1904, Powell retained the confidence of the Archdiocese of Glasgow, but less exclusively, several of the most important commissions going to Charles Jean Menart.

Sebastian Pugin Powell died in 1949, but the practice was continued by his cousin Charles Henry Cuthbert Purcell (born 1874), until his death in 1958.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1London, EnglandBusiness   

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 3Pugin & Pugin18841889Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Pugin & Pugin1889Before 1904Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Pugin & PuginBefore 1904Before 1949Partner 

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 201895St Joseph RC ChurchBlantyre LanarkshireScotland 
Item 2 of 201900Our Lady of Good Aid RC ChurchMotherwell LanarkshireScotlandBuilt original church
Item 3 of 201900St Mary Immaculate RC Church and PresbyteryPollokshaws GlasgowScotlandNorth aisle extended
Item 4 of 20c. 1900St Joseph's RC ChurchWemyss Bay RenfrewshireScotlandDate uncertain
Item 5 of 20c. 1900St Patrick RC ChurchDumbarton DunbartonshireScotlandDesign only - superseded by Dunn & Hansom
Item 6 of 201902St Peter's CollegeBearsden GlasgowScotlandChapel constructed
Item 7 of 201903St Joseph RC ChurchBlantyre LanarkshireScotlandDated 1905
Item 8 of 201904St Andrew's RC Cathedral  GlasgowScotlandRemoval of galleries and insertion of sanctuary screens
Item 9 of 201904St Mary RC ChurchPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAddition - plans dated
Item 10 of 201904St Mary's RC ChurchStirling StirlingshireScotlandDate in 'Buildings of Scotland' and Anson. However the 'Builder's Journal' suggests it had not been begun by late 1905.
Item 11 of 201904St Patrick RC ChurchShotts LanarkshireScotland 
Item 12 of 201905All Saints' RC ChurchAirdrie LanarkshireScotland 
Item 13 of 201905St Alphonsus RC Church and presbytery  GlasgowScotland 
Item 14 of 201909Holy Cross RC Church and presbyteryCrosshill GlasgowScotland 
Item 15 of 201909Notre Dame Training CollegeDowanhill GlasgowScotlandIn conjunction with Bruce and Hay
Item 16 of 201909St Peter RC Church and PresbyteryDowanhill GlasgowScotlandAdditions
Item 17 of 201911St Agnes RC ChurchLambhill GlasgowScotlandInteriors
Item 18 of 201911St Mary Star of the Sea RC ChurchLeith EdinburghScotlandAlterations - chancel, sacristy, chapels
Item 19 of 201926St Patrick RC ChurchDumbarton DunbartonshireScotlandAddition of belfry tower and mortuary chapel; also organ case 1927
Item 20 of 201935St Patrick RC ChurchDumbarton DunbartonshireScotlandNew sanctuary


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