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Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Knox (or Wilm Knox?)
Designation: Architect
Born: 1858
Died: 1915
Bio Notes: William Knox was born in Glasgow in 1858 and was articled to Moffatt & Aitken in Edinburgh. In the census of 1881 he was a visitor at the home of John Webster who was a clerk of works and his family in Edinburgh. He appears to have formed a partnership with John Hutton from c.1882-1886. During a world tour in 1886 he visited Chicago and was impressed by the innovations in building design there and as a result decided to cut short his tour and stay on there. He found a place as assistant in the office of Burnham & Root and met John Elliot there who was a fellow assistant. Together they set up in practice in mid-1888 in Toronto. A year later Beaumont Jarvis was taken into partnership and a short time later the firm won the prestigious competition for the Confederation Life Building. In 1892 attracted by the possibility of work on the Columbian Exhibition they suspended the partnership, returned to Chicago and found work in the office of Henry Ives Cobb. The following year Knox moved to Cleveland, Elliot joining him soon thereafter and the partnership was revived. They continued to practise together until Knox's death in 1915.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 5Chicago, Illinois, United States of AmericaBusiness   
Item 2 of 5Toronto, CanadaBusiness   
Item 3 of 5Cleveland, Ohio, United States of AmericaBusiness   
Item 4 of 54, Hermitage Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1881 *  
Item 5 of 563, York Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1882c. 1887 

* 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 5Moffatt & Aitken (or Moffat & Aitken) Before 1882Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5Knox & Huttonc. 1882(?)c. 1887(?)Partner(?)Uncertain whether this is the correct Knox
Item 3 of 5Burnham & Root1886 Assistant 
Item 4 of 5Knox & ElliotMid 1888 Partner 
Item 5 of 5Henry Ives Cobb1892 Assistant 

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 31883115 George Street  EdinburghScotlandReconstruction with new ground floor, since reinstated to previous design; date unknown
Item 2 of 3c. 1883Edinburgh Royal Lunatic Asylum  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 3 of 31884(?)HouseCrossgates (near) FifeScotlandAdditions and alterations (uncertain which Knox was in partnership with Hutton


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Arthur, Eric and Otto, Stephen A Toronto: No Mean CityVariousToronto, Buffalo & London: University of Toronto Press (1964, 1974, 1986, 1994, 2003)p253


© All rights reserved. Courtesy of Neil Darlington 

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