Basic Biographical Details

Name: Taylor & Gordon
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1882
Ended: 1888
Bio Notes: Andrew Thomas Taylor was born on 13 October 1850 and articled to Pilkington & Bell in Edinburgh in from 1864 to 1869. Thereafter he was in the architectural department of the Duke of Roxburgh's estate office for a year, followed by a further year as assistant to William Smith in Aberdeen. In 1872 he moved to London as assistant to Joseph Clarke and remained there until 1878 during which period he appears to have studied at the Royal Academy Schools and at University College. He won the RIBA Silver Medal (Essay) in 1874 and spent two months in France and Italy in 1877, visiting, among other places, Rouen, Paris, Milan and Florence. He was admitted ARIBA on 4 March 1878, his proposers being Clarke, Richard Phené Spiers and Professor T Hayter Lewis, and in the following year he passed the District Surveyor's exam.

Taylor commenced independent practice in 1879 at 29 Finsbury Road, London and was immediately successful, his first commission being the Memorial Hall and schools at Dover built 1880-81. By early 1880 he had formed a partnership with an earlier Pilkington pupil, Henry Hall. This was dissolved in 1882 and Taylor entered into a second partnership with George William Hamilton Gordon. Born in 1854 Gordon was extremely well-connected, educated at Eton and apprenticed to Alfred Waterhouse 1874-78, remaining as assistant until he joined Taylor in 1882. In the following year Taylor set up an office in Montreal where he had influential support of his maternal uncle, the industrialist and financier George Drummond, Gordon remaining in charge of the London office. In 1886 Gordon passed the qualifying exam and was admitted ARIBA on 21 June his proposers being Waterhouse, Arthur Blomfield and Arthur Cates. Shortly thereafter in 1888, the partnership was dissolved. The reasons are not known, but the Montreal practice was much more successful than the London one.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1London, EnglandBusiness   

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 2(Sir) Andrew Thomas Taylor18821888Partner 
Item 2 of 2George William Hamilton Gordon18821888Partner 


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