Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||David Polson Hall |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||21 January 1908 |
|Died: ||25 June 1979 |
|Bio Notes: ||David Polson Hall was born in Stonehaven on 21 January 1908, the son of James Hall, governor, and his wife Georgina Emslie Polson. He was educated at Mackie Academy in Stonehaven. He was articled to Gregory & Gall in that town in 1924, studying at Aberdeen School of Architecture, Gray's School of Art. In 1931, having obtained his post-diploma, he joined Robert Leslie Rollo as chief assistant, commencing practice on his own account a year later. However it seems they continued to share offices at 146 Union Street (which was also James Brown Nicol's address) as late as 1939, and occasionally worked in collaboration, although it is unclear whether a formal partnership existed. |
Hall was admitted ARIBA in late 1932, his proposers being Robert Leslie Rollo, Robert Gordon Wilson Junior and James Brown Nicol.
Hall was a keen hockey player, and served as Vice-President of the Northern District Hockey Association in 1934. He was a finalist in the King's Cup, Aberdeen Wapinschaw, in 1935. His sporting interests also extended to golf and tennis.
He served in the armed forces in the Second World War, and from 1946 to 1949 was engaged in the War Office as Supervising Valuer (Dilapidations). He reached the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and is still listed in the RIBA Kalender of 1950-51 as such. He was awarded the TD before 1970. By the early 1950s he was Architect to the Northern Regional Hospital Board in Inverness. He was elected FRIBA in 1951, his proposers being William John Taylor, Alexander Cullen junior and John Alistair Ross and FRIAS in 1953.
He died in the Town and County Hospital, Nairn, on 25 June 1979. He was survived by his wife Edith Muriel Agnes Coutts.
NB Hall is erroneously enered in HS List as 'Roll'
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|Drumalan, Raitloan, Nairn, Nairnshire, Scotland||Private|| ||1979|| |
|375, Union Street, Aberdeen, Scotland||Business||1932 *|| || |
|Woodcot, Stonehaven, Kincardineshire, Scotland||Private||1932 *|| || |
|146, Union Street, Aberdeen, Scotland||Business||c. 1939 *|| || |
|280, Great Western Road, Aberdeen, Scotland||Private||1951 *|| ||Permanent address|
|Northern Regional Hospital Board, Raigmore, Inverness, Inverness-shire, Scotland||Business||1951|| || |
|Easter Caskieben, Moss-side, Nairn, Nairnshire, Scotland||Private||1951 *||After 1970|| |
|Reay House/17, Old Edinburgh Road, Inverness, Inverness-shire, Scotland||Business||c. 1970|| || |
* 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):|
| ||Name||Date from||Date to||Position||Notes|
|Gregory & Gall||1927|| ||Apprentice||Must have started as apprentice with George Gregory and then continued after the firm was formed.|
|Robert Leslie Rollo||1931||1932||Chief Assistant|| |
|Rollo & Hall||After 1932||c. 1939(?)||Partner(?)|| |
|War Office Architects Department||1946||1949|| ||Supervising Valuer (Dilapidations)|
|This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):|
| ||Name||Date proposed||Notes|
|William Glashan||9 October 1956||For Fellowship|
|Edward Alexander Meldrum||6 October 1965||For Fellowship|
Buildings and Designs
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|RIBA||1939||The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|RIBA||1950||The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|RIBA||1970||RIBA Directory 1970|| || || |
|Scottish Biographies||1938|| || ||E J Thurston (pub.)|| |
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|H M Register House||Death Register|| || |
|RIAS, Rutland Square||Records of membership|| || |
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||A no4931 (stored under F4613, combined box 24); F no4613 (combined box 24)|