Basic Biographical Details

Name: Thomas Charles Hardy
Designation: Architect
Born: 27 December 1890(?)
Died: 3 May 1951
Bio Notes: Thomas Charles Hardy was born at 31 Annette Street, Govanhill on 27 December 1890, the son of Thomas Hardy, hotel porter and his wife Elizabeth Thompson. He was articled to James Miller of Glasgow in November 1905, remaining as an assistant until September 1912. During this period and for two further years thereafter he attended classes at the Royal Technical College and Glasgow School of Art. In May 1913 he obtained a position as draughtsman to Robert J Walker, with whom he remained thereafter. His career was interrupted by military service from February 1917 to 1919, but he returned to Walker's office on his demobilisation. He was admitted ARIBA under the war exemption scheme in late 1920, his proposers being Miller, John Watson and David Salmond. He then went to work in the United States returning to Scotland in 1925 and became an 'assistant with a Glasgow firm' (perhaps meaning a return to Walker's office?)

Walker later took Hardy into partnership, although it has yet to be established whether this took place before or at the same time as the change of the firm's name to R J Walker, Hardy & Smith, which occurred in March 1931 when Walker's chief assistant David Reekie Smith was also taken into partnership. (Hardy's RIBA obituary claims that he was taken into partnership in 1934.) This partnership lasted until 1939. The practice was based in Walker's office at 108 Douglas Street, Blythswood Square, Glasgow.

During the Second World War Hardy served as a claims officer for the War Office. He does not appear to have returned to practice thereafter as the firm was known as R J Walker & Smith by 1946.

Hardy married Jeanie Rae and they had a son, Ian T (or F?) Hardy. Thomas Charles Hardy died of a coronary thrombosis at the Southern General Hospital at 1301 Govan Road on 3 May 1951.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 315, Carmichael Place, Langside, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1908After 1920 
Item 2 of 3108, Douglas Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1920After 1940 
Item 3 of 362, Mosspark Oval, Mosspark, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 19291951 

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 4James MillerNovember 19051910Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4James Miller1910September 1912Draughtsman 
Item 3 of 4Robert James WalkerMay 19131931(?)Draughtsman 
Item 4 of 4R J Walker, Hardy & Smithc. 1929(?)1939Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James MillerLate 1920for Associateship
Item 2 of 3David SalmondLate 1920for Associateship
Item 3 of 3John WatsonLate 1920for Associateship

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 10After 1920Reality Building  OhioUnited States of America 
Item 2 of 10After 1920Wick BuildingOhio OhioUnited States of America 
Item 3 of 101933Buildings for British Bitumen EmulsionsShettleston GlasgowScotland 
Item 4 of 101933Royal Samaritan Hospital, radiological blockCoplawhill GlasgowScotland 
Item 5 of 101934Oil Works Factory for Messrs Hyn Highgate & CoPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 6 of 101934Royal Samaritan Hospital for Women, Agnes Barr Dispensary  GlasgowScotlandAdditions
Item 7 of 101935St Gerard's Secondary SchoolGovan GlasgowScotland 
Item 8 of 10193649-51 Cordwell RoadCordwell Bay, Greenock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 9 of 101937Victoria HospitalRothesayButeButeScotlandMaternity unit - if still working at the time
Item 10 of 101938Albert Hall  GlasgowScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Post Office Directories     
Item 2 of 2RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA JournalApril 1952 London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp230

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Additional research by Iain Paterson
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no3087 (microfilm reel 24)