Basic Biographical Details

Name: Arthur James Stewart
Designation: Architect
Born: 1877
Bio Notes: Arthur James Stewart was born in 1877 and articled to Boston, Menzies & Morton of Greenock in 1893. At the end of his articles in 1898 he moved to Glasgow as an assistant to Frank Burnet & Boston, enabling him to study at Glasgow School of Art under Professor William James Anderson. At some point during these early years he spent a short period studying in Paris.

In 1904 he emigrated to Johannesburg to join Robert Howden in partnership as Howden & Stewart. Howden was eight years older and had emigrated much earlier in 1892 and already had a record of successes in local competitions, but his previous connection with Stewart is unclear. The partnership had an early major success, winning the 1906 competition for the giant Transvaal University College which was assessed by Thomas Edward Collcutt.

Stewart spent some time studying in New York in 1906 but appears to have returned to the partnership thereafter. He was elected LRIBA on 20 March 1911, at which date his office was 41-45 Mutual Buildings, Johannesburg and his home address Kloof Keep, Morgan Road, Berea.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 241-45, Mutual buildings, Johannesburg, South AfricaBusiness1910 *  
Item 2 of 2Kloof Keep, Morgan Road, Berea, Johannesburg, South AfricaPrivate1910 *  

* 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 4Boston, Menzies & Morton18931898Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Frank Burnet & Boston18981901Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Burnet, Boston & Carruthers19011904Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Howden & Stewart1904After 1910Partner 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Chipkin, Clive M Johnannesberg Style   
Item 2 of 2Seymour, D Picton Victorian buildings in South Africa  For information on Howden