Basic Biographical Details

Name: Leonard George Pargiter
Designation: Architect
Born: 11 July 1907
Died: July 1984
Bio Notes: Leonard George Pargiter was born on 11 July 1907. From 1921 to 1924 he studied full-time at Willesden School of Art and from 1925 to 1929 he took evening classes at the Regent Street Polytechnic and the Northern Polytechnic. He was exempted from the RIBA Intermediate exams. However he did not complete his studies because of a ‘medical condition’. From 1924 to 1930 he worked in the office of George Vernon, initially as an articled pupil but remaining as assistant after the completion of his articles. In 1930 he took a post as assistant in the LCC Schools Division where he worked on design and drawings. In 1932 he became an assistant in the London office of Alister G Macdonald; from 1933 to 1937 he was associate in charge of the Edinburgh office and carried out all work north of Manchester. In the latter year, 1937, he took a post as architectural assistant in the Ministry of Works and would appear to have been based in London. His Nomination Papers state that he made sketcvh designs for a number of post offices after taking up this position. Although he was a member of the Edinburgh Architectural Association in 1939-40, his address at this date was in Middlesex. From September 1941 he held ‘an executive position’ and by 1951 was responsible for a section of the Ministry’s architectural staff.

Pargiter was elected LRIBA at the late date of 1951, proposed by A G Alexander (Andrew Gordon Alexander?), Alister Gladstone MacDonald and Robert Atkins. At the time of his election as FRIBA two years later in 1953, proposed by Sir Charles J Mole of the Ministry of Works, Thomas Smith Tait and Gordon Tait, he was still with the Ministry of Works where he stayed for the remainder of his career.

Pargiter retired to Devon. He resigned from the RIBA in 1982 and died in July 1984 in Chichester, Sussex.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 241, Rowlands Avenue, Hatch End, Middlesex, EnglandPrivate/business(?)1939After 1953 
Item 2 of 2Craigcrook/12, East Field, West Hill, Ottery St Mary, Devon, EnglandBusiness1970s1980s 

Employment and Training

Employers

The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 4George Vernon19241930Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4London School Board Architect's Office (LCC Education Committee)19301933Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Alister Gladstone MacDonald (or Alistair Gladstone MacDonald)19321937AssistantIn charge of Edinburgh office
Item 4 of 4H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)1937 Architect 

RIBA

RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6A G Alexander (Andrew Gordon Alexander?)19 June 1951For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 6Robert Atkins19 June 1951For Licentiateship
Item 3 of 6Alister Gladstone MacDonald (or Alistair Gladstone MacDonald)19 June 1951For Licentiateship
Item 4 of 6(Sir) Charles Johns MoleEarly 1953For Fellowship
Item 5 of 6Gordon Thomas TaitEarly 1953For Fellowship
Item 6 of 6Thomas Smith TaitEarly 1953For Fellowship

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 181932Playhouse CinemaMontrose AngusScotlandAs architect in charge of Edinburgh office of Alister MacDonald
Item 2 of 181932Playhouse CinemaElgin MorayshireScotlandAs architect in charge of Edinburgh office of Alister G MacDonald
Item 3 of 181932Playhouse CinemaPeebles PeeblesshireScotlandAs architect in charge in the Edinburgh office of Alister MacDonald
Item 4 of 181933News Reel Theatre, Waverley Station  EdinburghScotlandAs architect in charge of Edinburgh office of Alister G MacDonald - not executed
Item 5 of 18After 1933Mayfair CinemaWhitefield ManchesterEnglandAs architect in charge of Edinburgh office of Alister G MacDonald (which dealt with everyhting north of Manchester)
Item 6 of 181934Broadway CinemaPrestwick AyrshireScotlandAs architect in charge of the Edinburgh office of Alister G MacDonald
Item 7 of 181936Lyceum cinema and theatreDumfries DumfriesshireScotlandAs architect in charge of Edinburgh office of Alister G MacDonald
Item 8 of 181940sBuilding Trades Training Centre  LondonEnglandAs architect with the Ministry of Works
Item 9 of 181940sNew Courts, Royal Court of Justice  LondonEnglandAs architect in charge with the Ministry of Works
Item 10 of 181941Admiralty Research StationGreenock RenfrewshireScotlandAs architect with the Ministry of Works
Item 11 of 18After 1947Colonial OfficeWestminster LondonEnglandActed as Liasion Officer between Ministry of Works and Burnet Tait and Lorne
Item 12 of 18After 1947Foreign Office building  LondonEnglandAs architect with the Ministry of Works - modernisation
Item 13 of 18After 1947Government offices  LondonEnglandControl of building contracts - as architect with the Ministry of Works
Item 14 of 18After 1947Government offices, Horseferry Road  LondonEnglandActed as Liaison architect between Ministry of Works and architects
Item 15 of 18After 1947House of Commons  LondonEnglandRebuilding - acted as Laiison Architect between Ministry of Works and architects
Item 16 of 18After 1947Hyde Park, boat house  LondonEnglandAs architect with the Ministry of Works
Item 17 of 18After 1947Office building for Ministry of Works  LondonEnglandAs architect with the Ministry of Works
Item 18 of 18c. 1947Clarence House  LondonEnglandRestoration of Regency character

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no6486 (Combined Box 142); F no4784 (Combined Box 35)