Basic Biographical Details

Name: Thomas Cecil Howitt
Designation: Architect
Born: 1889
Died: 1968
Bio Notes: Thomas Cecil Howitt was born in 1889 and came of a family of Nottingham architects of that name, but it was to Albert Nelson Bromley of Nottingham that he was articled in 1904-07, remaining with him as an assistant until at least 1911 when he passed the qualifying exam. During that period he took classes at Nottingham University and School of Art and at the Architectural Association in London. He was admitted ARIBA on 4 December 1911, his proposers being Bromley, Arthur William Brewill and Robert Evans, all of Nottingham. In 1914 he was still an assistant, living at Hucknall Torkard near Nottingham.

Howitt came into prominence with his competition win for the Nottingham Council House, built in 1927-29, which brought him a national reputation. His only Scottish work was the Edinburgh Savings Bank in Hanover Street, designed in association with the Edinburgh executant architect, William Paterson of Oldrieve Bell & Paterson. Its American Greek Revival treatment infused with Early Italian Renaissance detail was closely modelled on Howitt's earlier (1931-32) Birmingham Municipal Bank but in a more compact form. Both of these buildings probably owed much to Leonard Cecil Howitt who graduated B Arch from the Liverpool School of Architecture in 1925.

Thomas Cecil Howitt died in 1968.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, EnglandBusiness   
Item 2 of 2Brooklyn, Hucknall Torkard, Nottinghamshire, EnglandPrivateBefore 1911After 1914 

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 2Albert Nelson Bromley19041907Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Albert Nelson Bromley1907After 1911Assistant 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2Joseph Lea Gleave  Assistant 
Item 2 of 2Leonard Lloyd-Smith19491954Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Arthur William Brewill4 December 1911for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Albert Nelson Bromley4 December 1911for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Robert Evans4 December 1911for Associateship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1John Walter Mackenzie Dudding12 December 1944for 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 11939Trustee Savings Bank  EdinburghScotlandIn collaboration with executant architect William Wilson Paterson


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 2Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Building13 September 1968v215 p93 - obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A v20 no2226 (microfilm reel 21)