Basic Biographical Details

Name: Huon Arthur Matear
Born: 1856
Died: 14 February 1945
Bio Notes: Huon Arthur Matear was born in 1856, the son of James Matear, architect. He was educated at Dr Saul's School, Rockferry, and articled to James Francis Doyle in Liverpool in 1872, remaining as assistant until 1880 ('Who's Who in Architecture 1914) or 1882 (RIBA nomination paper) at Watson Buildings, Harrington Street, Liverpool. He moved to Stanley Street in the 1890s and Dale Street c.1900.

After a period in partnership with C S Ingham, in 1903 Matear took into partnership Frank Worthington Simon whose Edinburgh partnership of Anderson Simon & Crawford had ended in a lawsuit and whose subsequent continued partnership with Alexander Hunter Crawford had been dissolved in November 1903. The immediate purpose of the Matear & Simon partnership was to design Holy Trinity Church at Southport, but in 1904 it won the major competition for Liverpool Cotton Exchange; this was followed by a further commission for a major city office block, Orleans House on Bixteth Street to which Matear moved his own office.

The partnership of Simon and Matear withered after 1907 and in 1910 Simon took Henry Boddington into partnership.

Matear died in retirement at Esher, Surrey on 14 February 1945.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Stanley Street, Liverpool, EnglandBusinessBetween 1890 and 1899 *  
Item 2 of 3The Temple, Dale Street, Liverpool, EnglandBusinessc. 1900  
Item 3 of 3Esher, Surrey, EnglandPrivate14 February 1945 *  

* 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 1Matear & Simon1903After 1907Partner 


RIBA Proposals

This proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 4Alexander Hunter Crawford9 June 1902for Fellowship
Item 2 of 4Charles Ernest Elcock1911&1912For LRIBA and FRIBA
Item 3 of 4John Manuel (junior)24 June 1912for Licentiateship
Item 4 of 4Frank Lewis Worthington Simon8 June 1902for Fellowship

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 51903Holy Trinity ChurchSouthport LancashireEnglandChurch begun
Item 2 of 5After 1903Holy Trinity ChurchSouthport LancashireEnglandContinued in partnership
Item 3 of 51905Liverpool Cotton Exchange  LiverpoolEngland 
Item 4 of 51907Orleans House  LiverpoolEngland 
Item 5 of 5Before 1913Holy Trinity ChurchSouthport LancashireEnglandCompleted by Matear


Bibliographic References

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