Basic Biographical Details
|17 June 1935
|John Bain was born in 1868. He was articled to William Lawrie of Matthews & Lawrie in Inverness from 1883, remaining there after the firm was taken over by John Hinton Gall in 1887. During that time he studied at the Government School of Design in Inverness. On completing his apprenticeship in 1888 he moved to Edinburgh for experience with Blanc & Gordon, returning to Inverness as head draughtsman to Ross & Macbeth in 1889. The following year he spent a month sketching in Belgium, and in 1891 he moved to the office of Sextus Dyball in London where he passed the qualifying exam in March 1892. He was admitted ARIBA on 13 June that year, his proposers being Charles Henry Driver, William Wimble and Robert Pledge Notley, all of London. He had recently spent a week studying late Gothic architecture in Oxford.
In 1893 he won the competition for the Durham Road Schools, Newport, Monmouthshire with Alfred Swash, with whom he entered into partnership, practising as Messrs Swash & Bain at Midland Bank Chambers, Newport, Monmouthshire. He was elected FRIBA on 11 June 1900, proposed by Arthur Beresford Pite and the RIBA Council. His partnership with Swash was dissolved in 1905, and thereafter he practised alone. In 1908 he was appointed architect to the Monmouthshire Education Committee, a position which he held until his death.
Bain was the architect of various buildings in Newport, Monmouthshire including the Liberal Club, the South Wales Argus Offices, the Methodist Free Church in Hill Street, extensions to the Masonic Buildings, extensions to the Museum, and the Higher Elementary School. He was also the architect for Usk Agricultural Institute and for extensive additions to Abergavenny Mental Hospital, the designer of various schools in the country, including Aberbargoed and Bassaleg Secondary Schools, the latter being in hand at the time of his death on 17 June 1935.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
|14, Richmond Crescent, Barnsbury, London, England
|Midland Bank Chambers, Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
Buildings and Designs
|The following periodicals contain references to this :
|12 October 1935
|London: Royal Institute of British Architects
|p1161 - obituary
|The following archives hold material relating to this :
|Source Catalogue No.
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum
|RIBA Nomination Papers
|A v12 p8 (microfiche 52/C1); F v13 p86 no815 (microfiche 119/B6)