Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Claud Kerr
Designation: Architect
Born: 1866
Died: 22 October 1938
Bio Notes: Robert Claud Kerr was born in Glasgow in 1866. He was articled to John Honeyman in 1884 and attended classes held by the Glasgow Architectural Association and at the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College. It is not yet known where he worked thereafter: he may have remained with Honeyman & Keppie during the sharp upturn in business from 1889 as there are payments to 'non-specific' junior staff in the early 1890s.

By 1898 Kerr was in Chicago working as an assistant with several practices, one of which was that of J L Silsbee. In 1900 he set up practice in Webb City, Missouri, but by the following year he had moved to Seattle where he designed the armoury and several fire stations. In 1912 he transferred his practice to Vancouver where he acquired a significant domestic practice. After the war he formed an informal partnership with Richard F Perry from 1926 to 1928, designing two Christ Scientist churches, one with Perry and one on his own, the Ryerson United Church, both in Vancouver.

Kerr died on 22 October 1938 survived by his wife Janet.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness Before 1898 
Item 2 of 4Chicago, United States of AmericaBusiness18981900 
Item 3 of 4Webb City, Missouri, United States of AmericaBusiness1900  
Item 4 of 4Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaBusiness1912  

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 3Honeyman & Keppie1884c. 1889ApprenticePerhaps stayed on as assistant
Item 2 of 3Honeyman & Keppiec. 1889(?)Before 1898(?)Assistant(?)Uncertain whether he remained as assistant
Item 3 of 3J L SilsbeeBefore 1898Before 1900Assistant 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Luxton, Donald (ed.)2003Building the West: the early architects of British Columbia Vancouver: Talon Books