Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Smart & Son
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1900
Ended: 1910(?)
Bio Notes: James Smart was either the nephew or the son of David Smart, architect, Perth and was presumably apprenticed to him. David Smart's early Scots baronial and Italian Renaissance work is indistinguishable from Bryce's, but by the late 1870s his public and commercial buildings had become Victorian late classic with French roofs, a development perhaps associated with James's presence. By 1887 James was a partner, the firm becoming D & J Smart. This partnership was dissolved in 1895, probably due to a family disagreement relating to the readmission of John Walker Smart, James's son (born 1872), to the practice. John had been articled to his father in 1888 and had subsequent experience with Kinnear & Peddie in Edinburgh in 1892, with McLuckie & Walker in Stirling in 1893 and with Thomas Martin Cappon in Dundee in 1894. David retained the existing office at 42 Tay Street, Perth and James opened his own office at 28 York Place in the same town with his son as chief assistant, entering into partnership with him in 1900 as James Smart & Son.

James did not seek membership of the RIBA; he died on 2 February 1897, leaving moveable estate of 585 4s 2d. John was admitted Licentiate on 16 January 1911, his proposers being George Penrose Kennedy Young, William Fleming Wilkie and Patrick Hill Thoms. In the interim period between his application for Licentiateship in 1910 and the end of that year, John had emigrated to Canada and settled in Winnipeg where he was an associate for twelve years with J H G Russel. In the 1920s he moved to Alhambra, California.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 228, York Place, Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandBusiness18951910 
Item 2 of 23, New Scott Street, Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandBusinessAfter 1897  

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3James Smart18971903(?)Partner 
Item 2 of 3John Thomas Galletly1900c. 1901Apprentice 
Item 3 of 3John Walker Smart19001910PartnerPerhaps in the partnership earlier

Buildings and Designs

This architectural practice 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 5189729-35 Scott Street, including shopfronts at 33 and 35Perth PerthshireScotlandJames Smart & Son were involved according to Lindsey Lennie. If so the partnership between James Smart and his son must have begun in 1897 rather than 1900 as previously thought.
Item 2 of 5After 1900Buildings for Messrs Muir & Martin, brewersPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 3 of 5After 1900Business premises for Messrs W & D PeddiePerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 4 of 5After 1900St Mark's ChurchPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 5 of 51907Shops and dwellings for Daniel Reid EsqPerth PerthshireScotland 


Currently, there are no references for this architectural practice. The information has been derived from: the British Architectural Library / RIBA Directory of British Architects 1834-1914; Post Office Directories; and/or any sources listed under this individual's works.