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:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 25, Armour Street, Johnstone, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1950 *After 1954 
Item 2 of 2205, Whitehaugh Avenue, Paisley, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivatec. 1963 *After 1970 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Henry ('Harry') Cook7 May 1946For Associateship
Item 2 of 3James Steel Maitland7 May 1946For Associateship
Item 3 of 3(Professor) William James Smith7 May 1946For Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 2RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no8642 (Combined Box 214)