Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Thomson Garrow
Designation: Architect
Born: 26 February 1884
Died: 1952
Bio Notes: Robert Thomson Garrow was born in Aberdeen on 26 February 1884 and articled to James Augustus Souttar in 1903, studying building construction and architecture at Robert Gordon's College. In March 1907 he emigrated to Victoria as assistant to Hooper & Watkins, transferring to their Vancouver office in June. When Watkins withdrew from partnership in 1909 Garrow returned to Victoria to take charge of that office, but was not made a partner. While there he undertook part-time work for the contractors Skene & Christie, becoming their construction manager from 1910. In parallel with his post at Skene & Christie's, he had a very substantial private practice which induced him to resign in 1918. He maintained an office in Vancouver until 1922 when he became structural engineer to the Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Company in Seattle. He successfully recommenced practice in Vancouver in 1926 but in 1932 he returned to Seattle where he practised until his death in 1952. While in America and Canada he usually adopted the English 'Thompson' of his middle name.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Victoria, CanadaBusinessMarch 1907  
Item 2 of 4Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaBusinessJune 1907 Still maintained an office in Vancouver until 1922. Then from 1926 -1932 practised there
Item 3 of 4Victoria, CanadaBusiness1909  
Item 4 of 4Seattle, Washington, United States of AmericaBusiness19221926Returned to Seattle in 1932 and continued there until 1952

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 2James Augustus Souttar1903 Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Hooper & Watkins19071909Assistant 


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