Basic Biographical Details

Name: James M MacQueen
Designation: Architect
Born: 5 September 1859
Died: 27 January 1934
Bio Notes: James M MacQueen was born on 5 September 1859, educated in Edinburgh and articled to an engineer named James Fairweather in the same city c.1875. On completing his apprenticeship he spent six months on a study tour of Europe, returning c.1880 to become a clerk in the City Engineer's Department. He was thereafter an assistant in a number of Edinburgh practices until he emigrated to the USA to commence independent architectural practice in Harrisburg in the early 1890s. This seems not to have been a success as he moved to Pittsburg to become a draughtsman with Alden & Harlow, remaining with them until 1902 when he recommenced independent practice there, designing a number of churches and the Pennsylvania Steel Company's offices at Hightower, Pennsylvania. He was for a time Vice-President and then President of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

MacQueen died on 27 January 1934.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1875Early 1890s 
Item 2 of 3Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States of AmericaBusinessEarly 1890sBefore 1902 
Item 3 of 3Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of AmericaBusiness1902 *  

* 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):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3James Fairweatherc. 1875c. 1880Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Edinburgh Burgh Engineers Office/Edinburgh City Engineer's Departmentc. 1880Before 1890Clerk 
Item 3 of 3Alden & HarlowEarly 1890s1902Draughtsman 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Withey, Henry F and Withey, Elsie Rathburn1970Biographical Dictionary of American Architects (Deceased)Facsimile editionLos Angeles: Hennessey & Ingalls, Inc (originally published in 1956)