Basic Biographical Details

Name: McNair & Douglas
Designation: Architectural practice
Bio Notes: When James Kennedy Hunter died on 13 February 1929, he left his practice at 51 Sandgate, Ayr to his assistants Henry Sloan McNair and Andrew Douglas. Both had been in Hunter's office since commencing their apprenticeships, McNair (b.1885) in August 1902 and Douglas (b.1892) in 1908, with the exception of war service. McNair had studied at the Glasgow School of Art and Glasgow Technical College under Eugène Bourdon and Charles Gourlay, and Douglas had attended classes at Ayr Academy, where McNair was teaching by the time of their commencement in partnership. The firm continued under the name of James K Hunter Architects. McNair and Douglas were both admitted LRIBA on 15 October 1930, their proposers being James Archibald Morris, George Arthur Boswell and William Maclean, who was then secretary of the Glasgow Institute of Architects.

At some point before 1950 the practice name changed to McNair & Douglas. At that date McNair was still operating from 51 Sandgate, Ayr, the address of the old James Kennedy Hunter practice. However Douglas gives an Edinburgh address, though he is still recorded as being in the practice of McNair & Douglas. It is therefore possible that a second office had opened in Edinburgh or that the partnership had by this date split up.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 151, Sandgate, Ayr, Ayrshire, ScotlandBusiness   

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2Andrew Douglas  Partner 
Item 2 of 2Henry Sloan McNair  Partner 

Buildings and Designs

This architectural practice 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 21938Gaiety TheatreAyr AyrshireScotlandRe-fronted
Item 2 of 21952Muirkirk Parish ChurchMuirkirk AyrshireScotlandInterior reconstructed


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
Item 1 of 1RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects