Basic Site Details

Name: Kirkcaldy Town Hall
Town, district or village: Kirkcaldy
City or county: Fife
Country: Scotland
Parish:  
Status:  
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Notes: Its construction was delayed by the war

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2Kirkcaldy Municipal BuildingsYes 
Item 2 of 2Kirkcaldy Town House  

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Town hall  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1WemyssfieldYes 

Events

The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 41937 Competition design 
Item 2 of 419381957ConstructionBuilding interrupted by the Second World War
Item 3 of 4August 1938September 1939Plans drawn upDate of competition drawings by Carr
Item 4 of 4After 1951 Alterations and additions(?)Further work?

People

Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 23(Sir) John Burnet, Tait & LorneArchitectural practiceF1936 Design submitted - not successful
Item 2 of 23Thomas Smith TaitArchitectF1936 Design submitted - not successful
Item 3 of 23Stuart Russell MatthewArchitect 1937 Competiton design - placed 2nd
Item 4 of 23David CarrArchitectB19371957Won competition to secure job, in collaboration with William Frederick Howard; not completed until 1957
Item 5 of 23William Frederick HowardArchitectB19371957Won competition to secure job, in collaboration with David Carr; not completed until 1957
Item 6 of 23George Legat MartinArchitectC1937 Competition design
Item 7 of 23J B Dunn & MartinArchitectural practiceC1937 Competition design
Item 8 of 23(Sir) Basil Urwin SpenceArchitectD1937 Competition design - placed 4th - commended
Item 9 of 23(Sir) William Hardie Kininmonth ArchitectD1937 Competition design - placed 4th - commended
Item 10 of 23Rowand Anderson, Paul & PartnersArchitectural practiceD1937 Competition design - placed 4th - commended
Item 11 of 23Henry Hubbard (or Harry Hubbard)ArchitectE1937(?) Probably entered competition (exhibited 'Competitive Design for Municipal Buildings' at RGI in 1943)
Item 12 of 23William WilliamsonArchitectE1937(?) Probably entered competition (exhibited 'Competitive Design for Municipal Buildings' at RGI in 1943)
Item 13 of 23Williamson & HubbardArchitectural practiceE1937(?) Probably entered competition (exhibited 'Competitive Design for Municipal Buildings' at RGI in 1943)
Item 14 of 23James CarrickArchitectAc. 1937 Design drawn
Item 15 of 23Carr & HowardArchitectural practiceB19381939(?) 
Item 16 of 23Alan ReiachArchitectS1938 Competition drawings - (while still a student?) - not successful
Item 17 of 23J & J A CarrickArchitectural practiceAc. 1938 Design drawn
Item 18 of 23James Andrew CarrickArchitectAc. 1938 Design drawn
Item 19 of 23Carr & MatthewArchitectural practiceGAfter 1951 Further work
Item 20 of 23David CarrArchitectGAfter 1951 Further work?
Item 21 of 23James Robertson LaidlawArchitectGAfter 1951 Further work?
Item 22 of 23Stuart Russell MatthewArchitectGAfter 1951 Further work?
Item 23 of 23Leonard Lloyd-SmithArchitectGAfter 1954 As senior assistant in charge of Phase II of the development

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 6Gifford, John1988Fife (The Buildings of Scotland)  p283
Item 2 of 6Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp157
Item 3 of 6Pride, Glen L1990The Kingdom of Fife Edinburgh: Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotlandp53
Item 4 of 6RCAHMS1992Dundee on Record RCAHMSp63
Item 5 of 6Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts1943   789 (Williamson & Hubbard 'Competitive Design for Municipal Buildings', probably for these buildings)
Item 6 of 6RSA1939   612

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 7Architect and Building News30 October 1936CXLVIII p 149
Item 2 of 7Architect and Building News29 October 1937CLII pp 121 & 137-138
Item 3 of 7Architects Journal4 November 1937LXXXVI pp 689 & 695
Item 4 of 7Builder29 October 1937CLIII pp 774 & 787-788
Item 5 of 7Builder10 February 1939CLVI p 308
Item 6 of 7RIBA JournalBetween 1935 and 1936XLIIILondon: Royal Institute of British Architectsp 1106
Item 7 of 7RIBA JournalBetween 1937 and 1938XLVLondon: Royal Institute of British Architectsp 55

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 9Courtesy of James Robertson LaidlawInformation sent to Dictionary Sent April 2010
Item 2 of 9Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register36387 
Item 3 of 9National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSAlan Reiach Collection AR 2/1-5
Item 4 of 9National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSCarr and Matthew Collection, RIAS CM 1930/3/1 Drawings and mounted photographs
Item 5 of 9National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDrawings Collection Portofolio of sketches by David Carr inlcuding Town Hall. Acc No 1995/47
Item 6 of 9National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDunn and Findlay Collection FID/477/1-34 & MS/221
Item 7 of 9National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSJ & J A Carrick Collection JAC 10/1-5
Item 8 of 9National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSLorimer and Matthew Collection LOR K/20
Item 9 of 9RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers David Carr: F no 4481 (combined box 17); William Frederick Howard: F no3937 (box 30); William Hardie Kininmonth: F no4351 Combined box 16