Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Rust
Born: 19 November 1844
Died: 25 September 1919
Bio Notes: John Rust was born in Aberdeen on 19 November 1844, the son of John Rust, timber merchant, and his wife Margaret Robinson and was articled to John Russell Mackenzie c.1860, and remained as an assistant, commencing practice on his own account sometime before 1875. Having secured election to the Aberdeen Town Council, he resigned his seat in 1892 in order to apply for the post of City Architect, William Smith II having died in the previous year. He secured the appointment and held it until his death on 25 September 1919. In later years he was also JP for Kincardineshire, and the city of Aberdeen.

John Rust died suddenly when on his way to work. He was twice married and was survived by a widow and a family of four daughters by the first marriage and one by the second. He left moveable estate of 5,291 10s 11d.

John Rust never sought admission to the RIBA.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Aberdeen, ScotlandBusiness   
Item 2 of 4Hawkhill, Milltimber, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivate   
Item 3 of 4224, Union Street, Aberdeen, ScotlandBusinessc. 18921919Office as City Architect
Item 4 of 4Benholm Castle, Kincardineshire, ScotlandPrivate1919  

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3John Russell Mackenziec. 1860(?)c. 1865(?)Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3John Russell Mackenziec. 1865(?)Before 1875Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Aberdeen City Architect's Department (later City of Aberdeen District Council Architects Division)4 April 189224 September 1919Chief ArchitectCity Architect. Appoinment and resignation dates given

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 15George C Willc. 1880c. 1884Apprentice 
Item 2 of 15Edward Skinner18851890Apprentice 
Item 3 of 15George Greig18871892ApprenticeRemained as assistant
Item 4 of 15George Gray18871892Apprenticein Aberdeen City Architect's Department
Item 5 of 15George Nicholas Beattie18921893Assistant 
Item 6 of 15George Greig18921893Assistant 
Item 7 of 15George Gray18921893Assistantin Aberdeen City Architect's Department
Item 8 of 15John Smith Davidson1900 Apprentice 
Item 9 of 15David Colville1900August 1904ApprenticeIn Aberdeen City Architect's Department
Item 10 of 15Launcelot Hugh RossSeptember 1901July 1906Apprentice 
Item 11 of 15Alexander William GrahamAugust 19041909Apprenticein Aberdeen City Architect's Department
Item 12 of 15Launcelot Hugh RossJuly 1906February 1907Assistant 
Item 13 of 15Alexander William Graham19091911Principal Assistantin Aberdeen City Architect's Department
Item 14 of 15James Donald3 March 19133 September 1919ApprenticeIn Aberdeen City Architect's Department - with the exception of war service (dates unknown)
Item 15 of 15John Yeats4 March 19136 March 1917ApprenticeIn Aberdeen City Architect's Department

Buildings and Designs

This was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 82 Kittybrewster Auction MartKittybrewster AberdeenshireScotlandDate unknown
Item 2 of 821876Six Houses on Belmont PlaceKittybrewster AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 3 of 821880Cafe and Coffee Tavern, WoodsideWoodside AberdeenScotland 
Item 4 of 821880Two Houses on Queen's Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 5 of 821881House for Alex Paul on Claremont Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 6 of 821881Nine Houses on Granton Place  AberdeenScotland 
Item 7 of 821881Two Houses on Commerce Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 8 of 821881Two Houses on Grove Street  AberdeenScotlandPresumably for himself
Item 9 of 821881Two Houses on Thistle Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 10 of 821882Macdonald Warehouse  AberdeenScotlandAppears as John Rust Junior
Item 11 of 821882Shops and Offices for Aberdeen Cork Company on Guild Street and Carmelite Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 12 of 82188442, 44 Schoolhill  AberdeenScotlandAlterations
Item 13 of 821884House on Esslemont Avenue  AberdeenScotland 
Item 14 of 821885Two Houses on Queen's Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 15 of 821885Two Houses on Queen's Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 16 of 821886Two Houses adjacent to St Margaret's HomeSpital AberdeenScotland 
Item 17 of 821886Two Houses on Spittal Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 18 of 821887Four Houses on Granton Place  AberdeenScotland 
Item 19 of 821887Hall on Skene Terrace  AberdeenScotlandAs John Rust Junior
Item 20 of 821887House on Granton Place  AberdeenScotland 
Item 21 of 821887House on Hamilton Place  AberdeenScotland 
Item 22 of 821887Property on Schoolhill at Harriet Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 23 of 821887Two Houses on Queen's Road West  AberdeenScotlandPresumably for himself
Item 24 of 821888Free Inverbrothock ChurchArbroath AngusScotland 
Item 25 of 821889Three Houses with Shops on Rosemount Viaduct  AberdeenScotland 
Item 26 of 821890Premises for J & W Bisset on Bridge Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 27 of 821891City Hospital  AberdeenScotlandExtensions - new wards blocks, nurses' bedrooms, laundry, disinfecting block, mortuary, gateway and entrance lodge, plus alterations to administration buildings - as City Architect
Item 28 of 821891J & W Bisset's Building on Bridge Place  AberdeenScotland 
Item 29 of 821891Store for J & J Drummond  AberdeenScotland 
Item 30 of 821892Douglas Hotel  AberdeenScotlandAdditions
Item 31 of 821892House on King Street Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 32 of 821893Corner of Loch Street and George Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 33 of 821893Lodge Walk Police Buildings  AberdeenScotland 
Item 34 of 821893Two Houses on Belvidere Crescent  AberdeenScotland 
Item 35 of 821893Two Houses on Union Grove  AberdeenScotland 
Item 36 of 821894Five Houses on Hardgate  AberdeenScotland 
Item 37 of 821894Four Houses on King Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 38 of 821894Two Houses on Dunbar Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 39 of 821894Two Houses on Forest Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 40 of 821894Two Houses on Menzies RoadTorry AberdeenScotland 
Item 41 of 821895Aberdeen Sea Bathing Station  AberdeenScotland 
Item 42 of 821895Double villa, Queen's Road  AberdeenScotlandOriginal double villa
Item 43 of 821895Two Houses on King Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 44 of 821896House on Great Northern Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 45 of 821896People's Palace Theatre  AberdeenScotlandRebuilding
Item 46 of 821896Stewart Park Keeper's Lodge  AberdeenScotland 
Item 47 of 821896Three Houses on Menzies RoadTorry AberdeenScotland 
Item 48 of 821896Two houses on Great Northern Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 49 of 821897Business premises, Back Wynd  AberdeenScotland 
Item 50 of 821897Eight Houses on Urquhart Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 51 of 821897Office on York Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 52 of 821897Workshop, George Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 53 of 8218986 Chanonry  AberdeenScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 54 of 821898Bon Accord Congregational Church, Hall and Three Houses  AberdeenScotland 
Item 55 of 821899Aberdeen Trading Company Warehouse  AberdeenScotland 
Item 56 of 821899Duthie Park, Winter Gardens  AberdeenScotland 
Item 57 of 821899Four Houses on Stafford Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 58 of 821900Riding Academy  AberdeenScotlandPlans to convert exisitng branch into riding academy
Item 59 of 821901373-377 Union Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 60 of 821901Fire Station  AberdeenScotland 
Item 61 of 821901Three Houses on Queen's Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 62 of 821901Two housesCulter AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 63 of 821901Westburn House  AberdeenScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 64 of 821902House for Alex Macdonald on Fonthill Terrace  AberdeenScotland 
Item 65 of 821902House on Hardgate  AberdeenScotland 
Item 66 of 821902Offices on Windmill Brae and Bath Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 67 of 821903Five Houses on University Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 68 of 821903Six Houses on Polmuir Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 69 of 821903Three Houses on Richmondhill Place  AberdeenScotland 
Item 70 of 821904Five Houses on Belgrave Terrace  AberdeenScotland 
Item 71 of 821904Four Houses on Richmondhill Place  AberdeenScotland 
Item 72 of 821906Ten Houses on Richmondhill Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 73 of 82190928-29 Adelphi  AberdeenScotlandReconstruction
Item 74 of 821909Aberdeen Flesher Slaughterhouse  AberdeenScotland 
Item 75 of 821909Dwelling, Burnett Place  AberdeenScotland 
Item 76 of 821909Hutcheon Street Slaughterhouse and Hide Market  AberdeenScotland 
Item 77 of 821909Public Hall, EsplanadeSea Beach AberdeenScotland 
Item 78 of 821909Roller Skating Rink, Forbesfield Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 79 of 821909Two pairs of semi-detached villas, 35-37 Forest Road and 39-41 Forest Road  AberdeenScotlandAddition at rear
Item 80 of 82May 190932-34 Union Terrace  AberdeenScotlandAlterations
Item 81 of 82191873 Union Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 82 of 821919Palladium Cinema  AberdeenScotlandGaiety Picture House refurbished and re-opened as Palladium


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 2Brogden, W A1986Aberdeen: an illustrated architectural guide Edinburgh: RIAS and Scottish Academic Pressp44
Item 2 of 2Johnston, W T2003Artists of Scotland Officina Publications CDROM 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder3 October 1919   Obituary p338
Item 2 of 2Building News3 October 1919  p274 - obituary