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Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Archibald Park Jack
Designation: Architect
Born: 25 February 1912
Died: 28 May 1996
Bio Notes: William Archibald Park Jack was born on 25 January 1912, the son of Archibald Jack, flesher, and his wife Janet Park Ewing. He was educated at Hillhead High School where he achieved distinction on the rugby field. He was articled to James Maclaren Honeyman, sole partner of John B Wilson, Son & Honeyman, in 1928, attending classes at Glasgow School of Architecture. He studied full-time at the School from 1930 to 1933, winning the John B Wilson Prize, the John T Gilchrist Scholarship and the Incorporation Prize in his first, second and third years respectively, as well as gaining the Whitelaw Silver Medal. On leaving the School he found employment as an assistant to James Carrick of Ayr, moving a year later to London to the office of Lanchester & Lodge which enabled him to study at the Architectural Association. During these first years of employment, he made summer visits to France, Belgium, Switzerland and Germany.

He returned to Honeyman's office in 1936 and was made a partner in 1937, but the practice went into abeyance during the Second World War, Jack serving as a Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve from 1940 until 1946 when the partnership resumed. The following year Jack's brother-in-law George William Robertson (born 1902) became a partner, the firm thereafter becoming Honeyman, Jack & Robertson. During the ensuing years the practice was involved mainly in factory work and in further jobs for the Ministry of Works. Presumably due to the disruption of the war, Jack did not pass the RIBA final exam until July 1949, and was admitted ARIBA on 29 November that year, his proposers being Henry Vaughan Lanchester, Andrew Graham Henderson and Basil Spence. At that time the firm's office was at 92 Bath Street, Glasgow. By 1953, when he was elected FRIBA, the practice had expanded to incorporate an Oban branch. Further branches were subsequently established in Kelso, Edinburgh and Stirling where Jack lived.

Jack was active in public and professional life, serving on the Council of Industrial Design Scottish Committee beginning in 1958, the Building Standards Advisory Committee in 1959, becoming president of the Glasgow Institute of Architects, the Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce (1972-73), Chairman of the Central region of St John's Ambulance Association, chairman of the Council of the St John's Association of Scotland from 1974-79, Lord Dean of Guild in Glasgow (1979-81), a Knight of the Order of St John and a General Trustee of the Church of Scotland. For ten years (c.1969-79) he was a member of the Historic Buildings Council, the object of his appointment being to obtain "a balanced view": apart from his early study of Mackintosh's work his interest in historic buildings as such was relatively slight. In the Queen's Honours List in 1974 he was made CBE. In 1984 he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Stirling.

Although not tall, Jack was a big well-built man, straightforward and confident in manner. His recreational interests were horse-racing and golf. On his retirement he moved from Stirling to The Links in St Andrews to be near the Royal & Ancient Golf Club, of which he was a member.

He died at Craigmount Nursing Home, St Andrews on 28 May 1996, his wife, Dorothy Mary Wallace, having predeceased him four years earlier.


Publications:

Co-author with Raymond McGrath of 'The Work of the Late Charles Rennie Mackintosh', in 'The Twentieth-Century House', 1938

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 6Moncrieff House, The Links, St Andrews, Fife, ScotlandPrivate 1996 
Item 2 of 6Jenard, Essex Drive, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1939 *After 1948 
Item 3 of 615, South Road, Busby, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate1949 *  
Item 4 of 692, Bath Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1949After 1953Main office of Honeyman & Jack
Item 5 of 6Parkly, Clarendon Place, Stirling, Stirlingshire, ScotlandPrivate1953 *  
Item 6 of 6Argyll Square, Oban, Argyll, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1953 Second office of Honeyman & Jack

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Employment and Training

Employers

The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 7John B Wilson, Son & Honeyman19281930Apprentice 
Item 2 of 7James Carrick19331934Assistant 
Item 3 of 7Lanchester & Lodge19341936Assistant 
Item 4 of 7John B Wilson, Son & Honeyman19361937Assistant(?) 
Item 5 of 7Honeyman & Jack19371940Partner 
Item 6 of 7Honeyman & Jack19461947Partner 
Item 7 of 7Honeyman, Jack & Robertson1947After 1981Partner 

RIBA

RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6Andrew Graham Henderson29 November 1949for Associateship
Item 2 of 6Andrew Graham Henderson8 December 1953For Fellowship
Item 3 of 6Henry Vaughan Lanchester29 November 1949for Associateship
Item 4 of 6William McCrea8 December 1953For Fellowship
Item 5 of 6(Sir) Basil Urwin Spence29 November 1949for Associateship
Item 6 of 6(Sir) Basil Urwin Spence8 December 1953For Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 4Thomas BarclayEarly 1959for Fellowship
Item 2 of 4Stanley White Edgar12 October 1954For Licentiateship
Item 3 of 4Thomas Gibson8 July 1958For Associateship
Item 4 of 4Walter Neil Wilson Ramsay2 October 1968For 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 451932Williamwood ChurchClarkston GlasgowScotland 
Item 2 of 451937(?)Houses, Mains EstateGiffnock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 3 of 451937Newton Mearns ChurchNewton Mearns RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 4 of 451939HouseGiffnock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 5 of 451947CanteenBridgeton GlasgowScotland 
Item 6 of 451947E K Cole Limited (EKCO) FactoryRutherglen  Scotland 
Item 7 of 451947Factory for Mavor & Coulson  GlasgowScotland 
Item 8 of 451947Savings Bank of GlasgowScotstoun GlasgowScotland 
Item 9 of 451947Savings Bank of GlasgowTroon AyrshireScotland 
Item 10 of 451948Church of Scotland, Glendinning and Avenel Roads   GlasgowScotland 
Item 11 of 451948Factory for Messrs Greenlees Ltd  GlasgowScotland 
Item 12 of 451948Storage Buildings, Dalsholm Paper Co Ltd  GlasgowScotland 
Item 13 of 451949Deanston DistilleryDeanston StirlingshireScotland 
Item 14 of 451950Church of Scotland Hall-Church, Hawick Street and Bell DriveYoker GlasgowScotland 
Item 15 of 451950Hall Church, HillheadKirkintilloch DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 16 of 451950Permanent primary school Priesthill GlasgowScotland 
Item 17 of 451950St Matthew's ChurchKnightswood GlasgowScotland 
Item 18 of 451951Private theatre  GlasgowScotland 
Item 19 of 451952High Carntyne Parish Church hallsHigh Carntyne GlasgowScotland 
Item 20 of 451952Hutton Castle, Barns FarmDuns BerwickshireScotlandAdditions? alterations?
Item 21 of 451953Area headquarters and accountancy offices for National Dock Labour Board Nominees Ltd, Queen's DockFinnieston GlasgowScotland 
Item 22 of 451955Cadder Primary SchoolCadder LanarkshireScotland 
Item 23 of 451955St Agnes SchoolCadder LanarkshireScotland 
Item 24 of 451955St Mark's ChurchMaryhill GlasgowScotland 
Item 25 of 451957298 dwellings, south of Roystonhill, Royston Redevelopment AreaRoyston GlasgowScotland 
Item 26 of 451958Broom Parish ChurchNewton Mearns RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 27 of 451960sDunblane United Associate Church HallDunblane StirlingshireScotlandConversion to Leighton House
Item 28 of 451960sScottish Churches HouseDunblane PerthshireScotlandConversion of 18th and 19th century cottages to church house with dining room and library
Item 29 of 451961King's Theatre  GlasgowScotlandRestoration
Item 30 of 451961Swimming BathsAyr AyrshireScotlandFRIBA, assessor of architectural design competition
Item 31 of 451962HouseWemyss Bay RenfrewshireScotlandRestoration
Item 32 of 451962Private housing   Scotland 
Item 33 of 451962Victoria Drive Higher Grade School  GlasgowScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 34 of 451964Church of the Holy RudeStirling StirlingshireScotlandRenovation and choir stalls.. Consultant.
Item 35 of 451964Hartfield SchoolDumbarton DunbartonshireScotlandExtension
Item 36 of 451964Ladywell Housing Estate  GlasgowScotland 
Item 37 of 451964Scottish Industries Exhibition 1964  GlasgowScotlandExhibition stands
Item 38 of 451965Anderston Kelvingrove Church  GlasgowScotlandDates differ from those given in 'Buildings of Scotland' and Glendinning.
Item 39 of 451965Hillhead ChurchKirkintilloch DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 40 of 451967Arthurlie Parish ChurchBarrhead Renfrewshire  
Item 41 of 45196894 flats in five blocks, Roystonhill II, Royston Redevelopment AreaRoyston GlasgowScotland 
Item 42 of 451975Sauchieburn HouseSauchie StirlingshireScotland 
Item 43 of 451978Union ClubSt Andrews FifeScotlandRenovation and alterations. As consultant.
Item 44 of 451979Westpark Church HallsDeanston StirlingshireScotland 
Item 45 of 45Early 1980sCrawford's ArcadeStirling StirlingshireScotlandRestoration - may not be involved

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Presspp143-144
Item 2 of 4RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 4RIBA1948The RIBA Kalendar 1948-1949 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 4 of 4RIBA1954RIBA Kalendar 1953-54   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 5Builder28 March 1958  'CoID Scottish Committee Changes' p611
Item 2 of 5Builder28 August 1959  'Building Standards: Scottish Committee Appointed' p113
Item 3 of 5Builder10 June 1960  'Scottish Advisory Committee' p1106
Item 4 of 5Herald, The30 May 1996  Obituary
Item 5 of 5RIAS Chartered ArchitectAugust 1996v7, no6 Death notice

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no10991 (stored with F4830, combined box 38); F no4830 (combined box 38)

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