Basic Biographical Details

Name: Melville Crum Brown
Designation: Architect
Born: 28 December 1925
Died: 28 August 1955
Bio Notes: Melville Crum Brown was born in Glasgow on 28 December 1925, the son of Thomas Mair Brown, salt manufacturer, and his his wife Anne Stevenson Crum. He studied at the Glasgow School of Architecture where he won a Bellahouston Travelling Scholarship enabling him to study architecture and interior design in Sweden. He was admitted ARIBA in 1950.

After working in several offices as an architectural assistant, Brown obtained a place in Basil Spence’s Edinburgh office. There he worked on the earlier stages of the Sea and Ships Pavilion at the Festival of Britain, and after the London office was opened and the project transferred there, he worked on the Festival Exhibition at the Kelvin Hall in Glasgow.

In August 1953 Brown joined the staff of the Harlow Development Corporation but in January of the following year he went to Sweden to work in the office of Sven Ahlbom for six months. His RIBA obituary does not give any indication of where he spent the last months of his life. However he died in Upsala at 17 Tenngaten Vasteres on 28 August 1955 suggesting he was in Sweden during this period. He had been attending the Akademisca Sjukhuset in Upsala.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 6Edinburgh, Scotland    
Item 2 of 6London, EnglandBusiness   
Item 3 of 6Harllow, Hertfordshire, England    
Item 4 of 617, Tenngaten Vasteres, Upsala, SwedenPrivate 1955 
Item 5 of 6Lynton/51, Strathmore Avenue, Ralston, Paisley, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivate1950 *  
Item 6 of 6Glencairn/52, Queen's Park Avenue, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1953 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 1(Sir) Basil Urwin Spencec. 1950 Assistant 


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 2RIBA1954RIBA Kalendar 1953-54   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA JournalAugust 1955 London: Royal Institute of British Architects