Basic Biographical Details

Name: John McIntyre
Born: 31 January 1879
Died: 21 June 1957
Bio Notes: John McIntyre was born on 31 January 1879 in Stranraer and was articled to Alexander Hunter Crawford of Edinburgh in 1895 working mainly on domestic work in Trinity, Morningside and elsewhere and studying at the School of Applied Art and Heriot-Watt College. He remained with Crawford after the formation of the latter's partnership with Robert Rowand Anderson and Frank Worthington Simon in 1899, leaving in January 1900 to become a draughtsman in the Royal Engineers Scottish District Architects Office, where he was promoted to chief draughtsman two years later. In 1905 he won the competition for St Paul's Church, Glasgow, and although he states in his RIBA nomination papers that he left the Royal Engineers at this time, he did not venture into independent practice until January 1910 though he had an office at 28 North Bridge, Edinburgh from at least 1908 if not sooner. He was admitted LRIBA in 1910, his proposers being John Watson, Hippolyte Jean Blanc and Crawford. By that time his travels had taken him to York, Cambridge, Oxford, Wells, around Scotland, and to Normandy.

In the same year, 1910, McIntyre closed his Edinburgh practice to recommence practice in Vancouver in association with Gordon Lorimer Wright from Burnet's office. When the economy collapsed in 1913 he closed his office to take charge of the design and construction departments for both Point Grey and Burnaby, and in 1915 joined the Powell River Company. From 1919 to 1935 he was its Townside Manager and designed and built a major part of the Powell River development and public buildings, including the community centre, Dwight Hall, the War Memorial site, the Brooks School, golf clubhouse, Bank of Montreal and other industrial buildings such as the Stillwater powerhouse. Subsequently he was in charge of its Public Relations Division, but also had a significant private practice until the financial crash of 1929.

In 1944 he was elected the first 'good citizen' by Powell River but retired from the Company in 1952. McIntyre died on 21 June 1957 aged seventy-eight.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 428, North Bridge Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1905c. 1910 
Item 2 of 48, Brunton Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivatec. 1905c. 1910 
Item 3 of 4Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaBusiness1910  
Item 4 of 4Powell River, CanadaBusiness1915  

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 4Alexander Hunter CrawfordJuly 18951899Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Anderson Simon & Crawford1899January 1900Apprentice 
Item 3 of 4Royal Engineers OfficeJanuary 19001902Draughtsman 
Item 4 of 4Royal Engineers Office19021905(?)Chief Draughtsman 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Hippolyte Jean BlancLate 1910for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Alexander Hunter CrawfordLate 1910for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3John WatsonLate 1910for Licentiateship

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 38 Bank of Montreal, British Columbia Branch  British ColumbiaCanadaDate unknown
Item 2 of 38 Brooks School  British ColumbiaCanadaDate unknown
Item 3 of 38 Community Centre (near Powell River)  British ColumbiaCanadaDate unknown
Item 4 of 38 Dwight Hall (near Powell River)  British ColumbiaCanadaDate unknown
Item 5 of 38 Golf Club (part of Powell River Development)  British ColumbiaCanadaDate unknown
Item 6 of 38 Powell River Development  British ColumbiaCanadaDate unknown
Item 7 of 38 Stillwater Power House  British ColumbiaCanadaDate unknown
Item 8 of 38 War Memorial Site (by Powell River)  British ColumbiaCanadaDate unknown
Item 9 of 38After 1895Business premises (Crawford's?)  LiverpoolEnglandAs apprentice to Alexander Hunter Crawford
Item 10 of 38After 1895Business premises (Crawford's?)Omoa LanarkshireScotlandAs apprentice to Alexander Hunter Crawford
Item 11 of 38After 1895Public Commercial OfficeLeith EdinburghScotlandAs apprentice to Alexander Hunter Crawford
Item 12 of 38After 1895Public Commercial Office  LiverpoolEnglandAs apprentice to Alexander Hunter Crawford
Item 13 of 38After 1895Tranent UP ChurchTranent East LothianScotlandAs apprentice to Alexander Hunter Crawford
Item 14 of 38After 1895William Crawford & Sons Biscuit FactoryLeith EdinburghScotlandAs apprentice to Alexander Hunter Crawford
Item 15 of 381899Inchinnan Parish ChurchInchinnan RenfrewshireScotlandAs apprentice to Alexander Hunter Crawford (Anderson, Simon & Crawford) did the working drawings
Item 16 of 381900Paisley AbbeyPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAssisted Rowand Anderson with working drawings for restoration (Anderson Simon & Crawford)
Item 17 of 38After 1900Men's Barrack blockAyr AyrshireScotlandAs draughtsman with the Royal Engineers Scottish District Architects Office
Item 18 of 38After 1900Recreation roomAyr AyrshireScotlandAs draughtsman with the Royal Engineers Scottish District Architects Office
Item 19 of 38After 1900School, Leith FortLeith EdinburghScotlandAs draughtsman with the Royal Engineers Scottish District Architects Office
Item 20 of 38After 1900Submarine mining establishmentNorth Queensferry FifeScotlandAs draughtsman with the Royal Engineers Scottish District Architects Office
Item 21 of 381904St Paul's Parish Church  GlasgowScotlandWon competition to secure job
Item 22 of 381905Grange NeukEarlsferry FifeScotland 
Item 23 of 381907Pair of semi-detached villas  EdinburghScotland 
Item 24 of 381908Littledene  EdinburghScotland 
Item 25 of 381910House at HumbieHumbie East LothianScotland 
Item 26 of 38After 1910Business premises  EdinburghScotland 
Item 27 of 38After 1910Business premises, KirkgateLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 28 of 38c. 1910Church organPrestwick AyrshireScotland 
Item 29 of 38c. 1910Church organDenny StirlingshireScotland 
Item 30 of 38c. 1910East Neuk  FifeScotland 
Item 31 of 38c. 1910House and stableThornton FifeScotland 
Item 32 of 38c. 1910MemorialGrange EdinburghScotland 
Item 33 of 38c. 1910MemorialStranraer WigtownshireScotland 
Item 34 of 38c. 1910MemorialDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 35 of 38c. 1910Post OfficeStranraer WigtownshireScotland 
Item 36 of 38c. 1910St Giles Cathedral, organ  EdinburghScotland 
Item 37 of 38c. 1910St Mary's Free Church and Manse  EdinburghScotlandAlterations and new organ
Item 38 of 38c. 1910St Oswald's Church, organ  EdinburghScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 4British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 4Luxton, Donald (ed.)2003Building the West: the early architects of British Columbia Vancouver: Talon Books 
Item 3 of 4Post Office Directories     
Item 4 of 4Pride, Glen L1999The Kingdom of Fife2nd EditionThe Rutland Presspp169-170

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA JournalMarch 1958 London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsObituary p178

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v5 no306 (microfilm reel 30)