Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Thomas Barr |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||12 September 1911 |
|Died: ||15 February 1997 |
|Bio Notes: ||Thomas Barr was born on 12 September 1911, the son of Thomas Barr, railway clerk, and his wife, Barbara Dickson. He was articled in the office of Whyte & Galloway from 1928 to 1933, moving in the latter year to a post as draughtsman with James Y Keanie. In 1936 he took a post as architectural assistant with the LMS Railway Company moving to a similar position with the Corporation of Paisley in 1938. He remained there until 1946. During the period 1928-40 he attended classes at Paisley Technical College and the Royal Technical College and Glasgow school of Art. In 1940 he joined H M Forces and was released from service in 1945. The following December he passed the RIBA Special Exam and was admitted ARIBA. His proposers were Professor William James Smith, James Steel Maitland and Harry Cook. Professor Smith remarks in his proposer's statement it was 'to his credit that only 6 months after his releease under Class B he successfully sat the RIBA Special Final Exam'. Robert Bryden who lived in Bearsden at that date witnessed his acceptance of the Associateship. |
Barr retired on his 60th birthday, 12 September 1971. He is no longer listed in the RIBA Directory of 1979.
He died at Ruchill Hospital, Glasgow aged 85 on 15 February 1997. His wife Margaret Fisher, had predeceased him. He was survived by at least one daughter.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|5, Armour Street, Johnstone, Renfrewshire, Scotland||Private/business(?)||1950 *||After 1954|| |
|205, Whitehaugh Avenue, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland||Private||c. 1963 *||After 1970|| |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|RIBA||1950||The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|RIBA||1970||RIBA Directory 1970|| || || |
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|H M Register House||Death Register|| || |
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||A no8642 (Combined Box 214)|