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Basic Biographical Details

Name: (Sir) William Emerson
Designation: Architect
Born: 3 December 1843
Died: 26 December 1924
Bio Notes: Sir William Emerson was born in Whetstone, London on 3 December 1843. Around 1861 he was articled to William Gilbee Habershon, who soon thereafter entered into partnership with Alfred Robert Pite. Emerson subsequently became a pupil of William Burges.

Emerson practised in Bombay from 1864 and in London from 1866. He was admitted ARIBA on 12 February 1866, his proposers being Burges, Coutts Stone and Henry Edward Kendall; and was elevated to FRIBA on 21 April 1873, his proposers being Stone, Thomas Hayter Lewis and Thomas Roger Smith. He was President of the RIBA from 1899 to 1902 and was knighted in the latter year.

Emerson married the daughter of Coutts Stone. He died in Shanklin, Isle of Wight on 26 December 1924.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Bombay, IndiaBusiness1864Before 1866 
Item 2 of 2London, EnglandPrivate/business1866  

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 3William BurgesAfter 1861Before 1864Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3E & W G Habershonc. 18611863Apprentice 
Item 3 of 3Habershon & Pite1863Before 1864Apprentice 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1Franklin Kaye Kendall18941896Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6William Burges12 February 1866for Associateship
Item 2 of 6Henry Edward Kendall12 February 1866for Associateship
Item 3 of 6Thomas Hayter Lewis21 April 1873for Fellowship
Item 4 of 6(Professor) Thomas Roger Smith21 April 1873for Fellowship
Item 5 of 6Coutts Stone12 February 1866for Associateship
Item 6 of 6Coutts Stone21 April 1873for Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 10(Sir) Herbert Baker18 January 1900for Fellowship
Item 2 of 10Charles William English19 December 1910for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 10Victor Daniel HorsburghEarly 1896for Associateship
Item 4 of 10Walter John Nash Millard16 March 1885for Associateship
Item 5 of 10Frank Loughborough Pearson11 June 1900for Fellowship
Item 6 of 10(Sir) John William Simpson3 December 1900for Fellowship
Item 7 of 10Edward Skinner4 December 1893for Associateship
Item 8 of 10Percy Goddard Stone28 February 1881for Associateship
Item 9 of 10Percy Goddard Stone23 January 1888for Fellowship
Item 10 of 10Paul Waterhouse11 March 1895for 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 31886Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, first competition  LiverpoolEnglandWinning competition design
Item 2 of 31896Liverpool Museum extension and Technical Schools  LiverpoolEnglandCompetition design - not successful
Item 3 of 31911Institution of Civil EngineersWestminster LondonEnglandCompetition design - not successful


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 2Royal Academy exhibitors    1911, no 1491


© All rights reserved. Building News 3 January 1890 

© All rights reserved. Building News 3 January 1890