Basic Biographical Details

Name: Stewart Kaye
Born: 1885
Died: 17 February 1952
Bio Notes: Stewart Kaye was born c.1888, educated at Grove Academy and the Technical College and University in Dundee. He served his articles with Maclaren & Soutar and in 1905 moved to become an assistant with George Rivell in Alnwick. Thereafter he moved to the office of George W B Rees in Cardiff and then to that of J E Rickards in London. In 1905 he made a study tour to Holland and Belgium and in the following year to Italy. His RIBA obituary claims that he began practising on his own account in 1913, and he was presumably the Stewart Kaye described as 'of Dunfermline' who designed the YMCA Institute, Rosyth of 1915.

He served in the Royal Scots and later in the Royal Engineers during the First World War. He passed the Special War Examination in 1920 and was elected ARIBA later that year, his proposers being Alexander Lorne Campbell, John Wilson and Harold O Tarbolton. He was also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

Between the wars Kaye had one of the larger Edinburgh commercial practices, working in what was at times a somewhat strident Art Deco manner. He succeeded to the practice of Robert Macfarlane Cameron on the latter's death in 1921, and about 1936 took ____ Walls into partnership. Kaye became consuting architect to the Presbytery of East Lothian and to the Halifax Building Society.

The practice virtually closed during the Second World War when Kaye became assistant Director of Emergency Works in Scotland, but re-opened after the war. By that date he was in indifferent health and apparently conscious of being out of fashion. Late in 1951, by which date he was in partnership with his son, Kaye invited Colin McWilliam, then just arrived in Edinburgh from the British School in Rome, to assist with the design work as and when his duties with the National Buildings Record allowed.

Stewart Kaye died suddenly on 17 February 1952, leaving 13,360 16s 19d. The arrangement with McWilliam lapsed shortly thereafter.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 626, Gillespie Crescent, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/businessc. 1914 Presumably office and house before practising in Dunfermline?
Item 2 of 630, West Maitland Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivatec. 1920c. 1926 
Item 3 of 616, Rutland Square, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1921  
Item 4 of 614, Hill Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1922After 1950 
Item 5 of 65, Wester Coates Terrace, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1934  
Item 6 of 613, Thistle Street, West End, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1951  

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 6MacTaggart and Mickel Ltd  Architect 
Item 2 of 6James Maclaren & Sons19011905Apprentice 
Item 3 of 6George Rivell1905(?)Before 1912(?)Assistant 
Item 4 of 6George W Beddoes Rees (or George W Beddoe Rees)After 1905Before 1912Assistant 
Item 5 of 6Edwin Alfred RickardsAfter 1905 *Before 1912Assistant 
Item 6 of 6Stewart Kaye & Walls1936Before 1951Partner 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 10William Lamb192122 March 1924Apprentice 
Item 2 of 10Noel Edmund Ironside Burchell19211926Apprentice 
Item 3 of 10William Lamb22 March 192413 December 1924Junior Assistant 
Item 4 of 10William Black19251929Chief Assistant 
Item 5 of 10Frank Wood Johnston19251930Apprentice 
Item 6 of 10Alexander Dewar McGillc. 1925After 1930Junior Assistant 
Item 7 of 10Noel Edmund Ironside Burchell19261928Assistant 
Item 8 of 10Hugh Hawson (junior)September 1927After 1931(?)Apprentice 
Item 9 of 10Martin GardnerOctober 1930October 1933Apprentice 
Item 10 of 10Derek Selby WrightAfter 1930Before 1935Assistantfor one year during this period


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Alexander Lorne CampbellMarch 1921For Associateship
Item 2 of 3Harold Ogle TarboltonMarch 1921For Associateship
Item 3 of 3John WilsonMarch 1921For Associateship

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 381912Arcade and shopsCowdenbeath FifeScotland 
Item 2 of 381913YMCA buildingsAyr AyrshireScotlandWon competition
Item 3 of 381914Naval InstituteInvergordon Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 4 of 381915Sailors' InstituteGreenock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 5 of 381915Young Men's Christian Association InstituteRosyth FifeScotlandPresumably this Stewart Kaye
Item 6 of 381919Brucefield Housing SchemeDunfermline FifeScotlandTo design 20 four-apartment houses
Item 7 of 381919Factory  GlasgowScotland 
Item 8 of 381920Engineering Works  GlasgowScotland 
Item 9 of 381926Hawthornden CastleLasswade MidlothianScotlandHeating and electric lighting
Item 10 of 381927Gogarburn Home for Mental Defectives  MidlothianScotlandWon competition to secure job - administration block and first ward blocks built
Item 11 of 381928Block A, 2-8 Cockburn Street  EdinburghScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 12 of 381928Edinburgh Evening News Building  EdinburghScotlandReconstruction of previous building
Item 13 of 381932East Pilton Housing Estate, layout and phase 1East Pilton EdinburghScotlandHouses in phase 1
Item 14 of 381932East Pilton housing estate, phase 2  EdinburghScotland 
Item 15 of 381933Parsons Green Housing EstateParsons Green EdinburghScotland 
Item 16 of 381934Carrick Knowe Housing EstateCarrick Knowe EdinburghScotland 
Item 17 of 381934Silverknowes Housing EstateSilverknowes EdinburghScotland 
Item 18 of 38Before 1934St George's Free Church  EdinburghScotlandInternal renovation
Item 19 of 38Before 1934Yester Parish ChurchYester East LothianScotlandRestoration and renovation
Item 20 of 381936Crewe Road North, Crewe Road Gardens Housing  Edinburgh (East side) Stewart Kaye and City Architect, 1936 - 1937
Item 21 of 381936East Pilton housing estate, phase 3 (Granton)  EdinburghScotland 
Item 22 of 381936Lothian House  EdinburghScotlandSuperseded Lorimer and Matthew for designing complex including cinema.
Item 23 of 381936West Pilton Housing SchemeWest Pilton EdinburghScotlandIn conjunction with Ebeneezer MacRae as City Architect
Item 24 of 381937400 Queensferry Road  EdinburghScotland 
Item 25 of 381937Bungalows, Craigcrook Road  EdinburghScotland 
Item 26 of 381937Bungalows, HillparkCraigcrook EdinburghScotland 
Item 27 of 381937Colinton Mains Housing EstateColinton Mains EdinburghScotland 
Item 28 of 381937Learmonth Court  EdinburghScotlandRed brick extension at rear
Item 29 of 381937West End, Shandwick Place and Rutland Street junction with shops, cinema and hotel  EdinburghScotland 
Item 30 of 381938Broomhouse Housing EstateBroomhouse EdinburghScotland 
Item 31 of 381938Flatted housing, Learmonth Avenue  EdinburghScotlandContinued post-war 1946-48
Item 32 of 381939Cardboard box factory  EdinburghScotland 
Item 33 of 381939Lothian House  EdinburghScotlandOffices and showrooms for H M Office of Works to be added
Item 34 of 38c. 1946Bonaly TowerColinton EdinburghScotlandConversion to flats (actually Stewart Kaye & Partners)
Item 35 of 381948Grant & Company Limited. Garscube Road  GlasgowScotland 
Item 36 of 381951Church at Carrick KnoweCorstorphine EdinburghScotland 
Item 37 of 381951Multistorey Office Block, West EndWest End EdinburghScotland 
Item 38 of 38Before 1952Southhouse Church  EdinburghScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 5Johnston, W T2003Artists of Scotland Officina Publications CDROM 
Item 2 of 5Kaye, Stewart1939Building Development in Edinburgh in 'Studies in the Development of Edinburgh', pp18-22 
Item 3 of 5RCAHMS1999Homebuilders: Mactaggart & Mickel and the Scottish housebuilding industry RCAHMSp 52, 74-9, 82, 89, 97, 114
Item 4 of 5RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 5 of 5RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Builder18 May 1951  p719
Item 2 of 4Builder29 February 1952v182 p322 - obituary
Item 3 of 4RIAS QuarterlyMay 195288Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)Obituary
Item 4 of 4RIBA JournalJune 1952 London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp230 - obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Personal information from Colin McWilliam
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no 3217 (Micrifilm reel 25)