Basic Biographical Details

Name: Henry Hubbard (or Harry Hubbard)
Designation: Architect
Born: 25 February 1888
Died: 7 December 1959
Bio Notes: Henry (known as Harry) Hubbard was born on 25 February 1888 and educated at Glasgow High School. In 1906 he was articled to Frank Southorn and at the end of his articles in 1910 he obtained a place as assistant to Sir John James Burnet and Norman Aitken Dick in the firm of John Burnet & Son: during that period (1906-13) he studied at the Glasgow School of Architecture under Eugène Bourdon and became a friend of Alfred George Lochhead, also of that office. He undertook a three-month tour of Italy in 1913 and also made short visits to Paris, Brittany and several parts of Northern Europe during these early years.

Early in the First World War while serving in the Glasgow Highlanders he suffered from a poisoned leg and spent sixteen months in hospital. On discharge in 1917 he became an assistant with Watson Salmond & Gray in Glasgow, working on the Glasgow City Chambers extension. The following year he left to join the Admiralty Housing Department in the same city. He was admitted ARIBA under the war exemption scheme on 3 March 1919, his proposers being John Watson, John Keppie and William Brown Whitie; his declaration accepting his admittance was witnessed by John Arthur LRIBA.

Sometime after 1923 Hubbard moved to Edinburgh as chief assistant to Sir Robert Lorimer on the recommendation of his predecessor, Alfred Lochhead, who had commenced independent practice, and continued as assistant after Lorimer had gone into partnership with John Matthew 1927 to establish Lorimer & Matthew. In 1925 Hubbard also became an assistant instructor at Edinburgh College of Art. Hubbard was paid off from Lorimer & Matthew around 1930, due to the financial difficulties faced by the practice following Lorimer's death in 1929 and the Wall Street Crash.

From 1932 onwards Hubbard was in partnership with William Williamson in Kirkcaldy: in these last years of Williamson's career, Williamson is said to have got the jobs and Hubbard designed them.

Occasionally Hubbard worked with George Brown Deas on projects but there was never any kind of formal partnership.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 511, Queen Square, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1919 *  
Item 2 of 517, Great Stuart Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness(?)1930 or 1931 *  
Item 3 of 5Preston Villa, Wemyssfield, Kirkcaldy, Fife, ScotlandPrivate1939 or 1940  
Item 4 of 5153, High Street, Kirkcaldy, Fife, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1940After 1943 
Item 5 of 5Royal Bank Chambers, Kirkcaldy, Fife, ScotlandBusiness1954 *  

* 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 7Frank H Southorn19061910Apprentice 
Item 2 of 7John Burnet & Sonc. 19091914Assistant 
Item 3 of 7Watson, Salmond & Gray19171918Assistant 
Item 4 of 7Admiralty Housing Department1918After 1919Assistant 
Item 5 of 7(Sir) Robert Stodart LorimerAfter 19231929Assistant 
Item 6 of 7Lorimer & Matthew1927c. 1930Assistant Architect 
Item 7 of 7Williamson & Hubbard1932 Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Keppie3 March 1919for Associateship
Item 2 of 3John Watson3 March 1919for Associateship
Item 3 of 3William Brown Whitie3 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 76 Westfield Court, Multi-storey housingWestfield EdinburghScotland 
Item 2 of 76 WoodlandsKirkcaldy Fife ScotlandDate no given by Glen.
Item 3 of 761917Glasgow Municipal Buildings  GlasgowScotlandWorked on scheme for extension, as assistant (begun but never completed)
Item 4 of 761932Fifty housesThornton FifeScotland 
Item 5 of 761933Forth Park HouseKirkcaldy FifeScotlandConversion of villa to hospital including wings - won limited competition to secure job
Item 6 of 761933Housing for Fife County Council, DundonaldCardenden FifeScotlandSixty houses
Item 7 of 761933Housing scheme, EastgateKinghorn FifeScotland 
Item 8 of 761933Kirkcaldy and District Savings BankKirkcaldy FifeScotland 
Item 9 of 761933Sinclairtown Library and Child Welfare ClinicSinclairtown, Kirkcaldy FifeScotland 
Item 10 of 761933St Brycedale HouseKirkcaldy FifeScotlandConversion and extension of St Brycedale House into Hunter Hospital
Item 11 of 761933Thirty-two houses for Fife County CouncilKinglassie FifeScotland 
Item 12 of 761933Twenty houses for Fife County CouncilMarkinch FifeScotland 
Item 13 of 761933Villa for R Ritchie FraserKirkcaldy FifeScotland 
Item 14 of 761934Eight houses for Fife County CouncilMilton of Balgonie FifeScotland 
Item 15 of 761934HouseKirkcaldy FifeScotland 
Item 16 of 761934Housing for Fife County CouncilWindygates FifeScotlandTen houses
Item 17 of 761934Leslie and District Co-operative Society premisesLeslie FifeScotland 
Item 18 of 761934Local Authority Housing, unspecified sitesBurntisland FifeScotland12 houses
Item 19 of 761934Twelve housesAuchtertool FifeScotland 
Item 20 of 761934Twenty-eight houses, EastgateKinghorn FifeScotland 
Item 21 of 761935Burma ballroomKirkcaldy FifeScotlandReconstruction of burnt-out Troxy Dance Hall
Item 22 of 761935Kirkcaldy Rugby Club PavilionKirkcaldy FifeScotlandAlterations
Item 23 of 761935Motor Garage for Barnet & MortonKirkcaldy FifeScotlandAddition of store
Item 24 of 76c. 1935Sailor's WalkKirkcaldy FifeScotlandRestoration
Item 25 of 761936Bungalow for Messrs Baxter & SonKirkcaldy FifeScotland 
Item 26 of 761936Cottage for Mrs E DandKirkcaldy FifeScotland 
Item 27 of 761936Eighty-four houses for Fife County Council, RosewellLochore FifeScotland 
Item 28 of 761936Forty houses for Fife County CouncilHill of Beath FifeScotland 
Item 29 of 761936Forty houses for Fife County CouncilComrie FifeScotland 
Item 30 of 761936Forty-four houses for Fife County CouncilKinglassie FifeScotland 
Item 31 of 761936Sixty-eight houses for Fife County CouncilHigh Valleyfield FifeScotland 
Item 32 of 761936St Mungo's Parish ChurchAlloa ClackmannanshireScotlandDesign for remodelling or new church?
Item 33 of 761936Thirty-six houses for Fife County CouncilNorth Queensferry FifeScotland 
Item 34 of 761936Twelve Houses for Fife County CouncilLimekilns FifeScotland 
Item 35 of 761936Two hundred houses for Fife County CouncilKelty FifeScotland 
Item 36 of 761937Forty houses, Woodside for Fife County CouncilLargo FifeScotland 
Item 37 of 761937Kirkcaldy and District Savings BankLeven FifeScotland 
Item 38 of 761937Kirkcaldy Ice RinkKirkcaldy FifeScotland 
Item 39 of 761937(?)Kirkcaldy Town HallKirkcaldy FifeScotlandProbably entered competition (exhibited 'Competitive Design for Municipal Buildings' at RGI in 1943)
Item 40 of 761938Cameron HouseWindygates FifeScotlandAdministration building and nurses' home
Item 41 of 761938Crown BAr adjoining National HotelKirkcaldy FifeScotlandAdditions and alterations to bar
Item 42 of 761938Fidelity Motor GarageKirkcaldy FifeScotland 
Item 43 of 761938Four houses and public convenienceKincardine-on-Forth FifeScotland 
Item 44 of 761938Premises of Messrs SaundersKirkcaldy FifeScotlandNew shop front
Item 45 of 761938Thirty houses, The Croft siteKinghorn FifeScotland 
Item 46 of 761938Thirty-six houses for Fife County CouncilWellwood FifeScotland 
Item 47 of 761939Eight houses for Fife County CouncilKelty FifeScotland 
Item 48 of 761939YWCAKirkcaldy FifeScotlandRecreation hall
Item 49 of 761944Premises of Messrs M Spears & Co.Kirkcaldy Fife ScotlandRoofing over of courtyard
Item 50 of 761945Motor servicing stationKirkcaldy FifeScotland 
Item 51 of 761947Caledonian BarKirkcaldy FifeScotlandAddition of lounge to bar
Item 52 of 761947Forth Park HouseKirkcaldy FifeScotlandExtensions including maternity block
Item 53 of 761947Linktown Old Men's ClubKirkclady FifeScotlandAlterations
Item 54 of 761948Station HotelSinclairtown, Kirkcaldy FifeScotlandAlterations
Item 55 of 761949Office for W M McEwanKirkcaldy FifeScotlandReconstruction of office
Item 56 of 761949YWCAKirkcaldy FifeScotlandHostel accommodation
Item 57 of 761950BeechwoodKirkcaldy FifeScotlandConcrete Floor on Asphalt bottoming for Bottled Beer Store
Item 58 of 761950Cottage in Pratt StreetKirkcaldy FifeScotland 
Item 59 of 761950North of Scotland Hydro Electric Board officesPerth PerthshireScotlandConversion and extension of late 18th century Blackfriars House with bow front in Atholl Place
Item 60 of 761950Premises of Beveridge & AitkenKirkcaldy FifeScotlandOffice extension and caretaker's house
Item 61 of 761950Raith Motor WorksKirkcaldy FifeScotlandAdditions
Item 62 of 761950Singer Sewing Machine Co. factoryKirkcaldy FifeScotlandWorkshop and store
Item 63 of 76May 1950Bungalow in Southerton CrescentKirkcaldy FifeScotland 
Item 64 of 761951Commercial BarKirkcaldy FifeScotlandReconstruction
Item 65 of 761951House for Andrew W BeveridgeKirkcaldy FifeScotland 
Item 66 of 761951House in Octavia StreetKirkcaldy FifeScotland 
Item 67 of 761951House in Valley Gardens SouthKirkcaldy FifeScotland 
Item 68 of 761951Raith Motor WorksKirkcaldy FifeScotlandAdditions
Item 69 of 761951Trustee Savings Bank, Head OfficeKirkcaldy Fife Extension
Item 70 of 761952Bungalow for Robert & Fay BurnsKirkcaldy FifeScotland 
Item 71 of 76Before 1952Burntisland Savings BankBurntisland FifeScotland 
Item 72 of 76Before 1952Sinclairtown Savings BankSinclairtown, Kirkcaldy FifeScotland 
Item 73 of 76Before 1952St John's Parish ChurchKirkcaldy FifeScotlandAddition of transept
Item 74 of 761954Electrical shop of Edwin DonaldsonKirkcaldy FifeScotlandAlterations
Item 75 of 761954Kirkcaldy War Memorial (1939-1945)Kirkcaldy FifeScotland 
Item 76 of 761955Templehall ChurchKirkcaldy FifeScotlandWorked in association with George Brown Deas but not in partnership.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Glendinning, Miles2008Modern architect: the life and times of Robert Matthew RIBA Publishingp26,27
Item 2 of 2RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Builder4 June 1954  p1007
Item 2 of 4Fife Free Press12 December 1959  Obituary
Item 3 of 4Prospect Notes1959  Winter, no 16
Item 4 of 4RIBA JournalMay 1960 London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsObituary of Hubbard

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSNMRS Photographic Archive Copies of sketches by Hubbard on his Italian tour. Originals held by Harry Mantell.
Item 2 of 3Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Personal information from Alfred G Lochhead and Hubbard's daughter, Miss J Hubbard
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A v24 no2731 (microfilm reel 23)