Basic Biographical Details

Name: Douglas Woodville Rowntree
Designation: Architect
Born: 1888
Died: 1966
Bio Notes: Douglas Woodville Rowntree was born in England in 1888, the son of architect Fred Rowntree and his wife Mary Anna Gray. He attended day classes at the Architectural Association schools from 1905 to 1907, passing the preliminary exam in 1906. From 1907 he was employed by his father as improver and subsequently assistant , passing the intermediate exam in November 1908. He sought additional experience from April to September 1910 in the firm of Mussellwhite & Sapp, builders, of Basingstoke, but continued in his father's firm thereafter. He was taken into partnership by his father, together with his younger brother Colin, in 1912. The practice, known as Fred Rowntree & Sons, was based at 11 Hammersmith Terrace, Hammersmith.

Douglas Woodville Rowntree joined the armed forces in January 1916. After the war he returned to the family firm, which continued at the same address until at least 1922. He was admitted ARIBA on 3 March 1919, his proposers being his father, Stanley Davenport Adshead and Charles Spooner, who wrote in his supporting statement: 'he took entire charge of the work of the firm (F Rowntree & Son) for more than six months while the senior partner was away in China and had considerable responsibility during that time.'

Douglas Rowntree died in 1966.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 111, Hammersmith Terrace, Hammersmith, London, EnglandPrivate/businessBefore 1912After 1922 

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 3Fred Rowntree1907Before 1912Improver 
Item 2 of 3Fred RowntreeAfter 19071912Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Fred Rowntree & Son (Fred Rowntree & Sons)1919 PartnerSon


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Stanley Davenport Adshead3 March 1919for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Fred Rowntree3 March 1919for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Charles Sydney Spooner3 March 1919for 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 101912West China UniversityChengtu SzechuanChinaWon design competition
Item 2 of 10After 1912Newspaper House  LondonEngland 
Item 3 of 101913Friends Meeting House, North SquareGolders Green LondonEngland 
Item 4 of 101913St John's Presbyterian ChurchNorthwood LondonEnglandWon in competition
Item 5 of 101919Rowntree ParkYork YorkshireEnglandLayout - with W J Swain
Item 6 of 101922Friends SchoolSaffron Walden EssexEnglandAddition of art rooms and classroom block
Item 7 of 101923Friends Meeting HouseHaringey LondonEngland 
Item 8 of 101924Manor House, Langdale EndScarborough YorkshireScotland 
Item 9 of 101926Friends Meeting HouseMuswell Hill LondonScotland 
Item 10 of 101927Friends Meeting HouseCambridge CambridgeshireScotland 


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3Peter RobsonInformation via website from Peter Robson, great gandson of William Rowntree (1806-1901) Sent September 2007
Item 2 of 3Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Research by Iain Paterson
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A v24 no2742 (microfilm reel 23)