Basic Biographical Details

Name: Arthur James Marshall
Born: 11 March 1879
Died: 1955
Bio Notes: Arthur James Marshall was born on 11 March 1879 and articled to T Hyslop Ure of Dunfermline in 1894. In 1899, having completed his apprenticeship, he moved to Alloa to join Thomas Frame & Son as an improver, gaining experience in steel construction. He moved again the following year, becoming assistant to Peddie & Washington Browne in Edinburgh, and on the strength of his experience there and at the Edinburgh College of Art, he obtained a post as chief assistant to Herbert Baker in 1904 and was sent out to Johannesburg to help supervise the work of the partnership of Baker & Masey. He was admitted LRIBA on 27 February 1911, his proposers being Baker, Walter Reid of Johannesburg, and Franklin Kaye Kendall, another partner in the Baker & Masey firm where Marshall was still chief assistant.

Marshall left the practice in 1914 and undertook a six-month tour of Egypt and Scandinavia before commencing practice on his own account in Johannesburg the following year. In 1917 he entered into a partnership with Joseph Michael Solomon, who had been born in Paarl, South Africa in 1888 and had served his apprenticeship with Baker & Masey. It appears that Solomon had charge of the partnership's Cape Town office, and Marshall of that in Johannesburg, and they designed and executed the YWCA Building in Johannesburg as well as producing unexecuted designs for the Cape Town University buildings at Groote Schuur.

Solomon committed suicide in August 1920, and Marshall continued to practise thereafter, seemingly retaining the partnership name for some months after Solomon's death. He worked both alone and in collaboration with other architects including John Perry and Robert Howden. He was admitted FRIBA by the RIBA Council in late 1938. At that time his office was at Magor House, 74 Fox Street, Johannesburg.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Park Gate Mansions, Johannesburg, South AfricaPrivateBefore 1911After 1938 
Item 2 of 2Magor House/74, Fox Street, Johannesburg, South AfricaBusiness1938 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 5Thomas Hyslop Ure18941899Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5Thomas Frame & Son18991900Improver 
Item 3 of 5Peddie & Washington Browne19001904Assistant 
Item 4 of 5Herbert Baker & Masey19041914Assistant 
Item 5 of 5Marshall & Solomon19171921AssistantEdinburgh Office


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 4(Sir) Herbert Baker27 February 1911for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 4Franklin Kaye Kendall27 February 1911for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 4Walter Reid27 February 1911for Licentiateship
Item 4 of 4RIBA CouncilNovember 1938for Fellowship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   

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 v10 no544; F no3489 (box 24)