Basic Biographical Details

Name: David Sharpe
Born: 1877
Died: 20 December 1933
Bio Notes: David Sharpe was born in 1877 and was articled to James Graham Fairley of Edinburgh from March 1892 to 1896, studying at Heriot-Watt College. On completing his apprenticeship he joined Peter Whitecross of Prestonpans as junior assistant. After two years there he returned to Edinburgh as junior assistant to Alexander Wood MacNaughtan, being promoted to chief assistant in 1902. He left to become chief assistant to Thomas Martin Cappon of Dundee in March 1911, perhaps with a view to partnership or commencing independent practice as he was admitted LRIBA on 24 June 1912, proposed by William Fleming Wilkie and the Dundee Institute of Architects. As Cappon had very little business after the completion of the Dundee Training College, Sharpe secured the appointment of Master of Works to Dundee Parish Council in 1920, remaining in that post until 1924 when he joined the office of William Gauldie as first assistant after the death of his partner Robert Leuchars Hardie. Sharpe was made partner in 1927.

Sharpe must have impressed the St Andrews Provincial Committee with his management of the Training College contract, as it gave him rather than Cappon the commission for the new block at Mayfield Hostel. The Committee proved difficult clients; the fees were entirely used up on alternative proposals and the job showed 'not a tosser' of profit. Sharpe was also responsible for the Masonic Hall in Tay Street (he was a prominent freemason), but his partnership with Gauldie was brief: he died on 20 December 1933. The practice was continued by Gauldie under its existing name of Gauldie & Sharpe.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2246, Perth Road, Dundee, ScotlandPrivate1912 *  
Item 2 of 226, Commercial Street, Dundee, ScotlandBusiness1924After 1930 

* 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 7James Graham FairleyMarch 18921896Apprentice 
Item 2 of 7Peter Whitecross (junior)18961898Junior Assistant 
Item 3 of 7Alexander Wood MacNaughtan (or McNaughton)18981902Junior Assistant 
Item 4 of 7Alexander Wood MacNaughtan (or McNaughton)1902March 1911Chief Assistant 
Item 5 of 7Thomas Martin CapponMarch 19111919Chief Assistant 
Item 6 of 7William Gauldie19241927First Assistant 
Item 7 of 7Gauldie Hardie & Sharpe19271933Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1William Fleming Wilkie24 June 1912for Licentiateship - as President of the Dundee Institute of Architects

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 22After 1892107-108 Princes Street  EdinburghScotlandAs assistant, probably to Alexander Wood MacNaughtan
Item 2 of 22After 1892West Calder Infants SchoolWest Calder MidlothianScotlandAs apprentice/assistant, probably to James Graham Fairley
Item 3 of 221894Addiewell Board SchoolAddiewell MidlothianScotlandAs apprentice to James Graham Fairley
Item 4 of 221896Mayfield UP ChurchMayfield EdinburghScotlandAs assistant to James Graham Fairley
Item 5 of 221896St David's EU ChurchBathgate West LothianScotlandAs apprentice to James Graham Fairley
Item 6 of 22c. 1897Co-operative business premisesPrestonpans East LothianScotlandAs junior assistant to Peter Whitecross
Item 7 of 22189843 George Street  EdinburghScotlandNew Corinthian ground floor as stockbroker's premises at no 43- as junior assistant to Alexander Wood MacNaughtan.
Item 8 of 22190093 George Street  EdinburghScotlandCorinthian portico with re-used capitals - as junior assistant to Alexander MacNaughtan
Item 9 of 221900Feddal HouseBraco PerthshireScotlandAs assistant to Alexander Wood MacNaughtan
Item 10 of 221902Tenement, 109-119 High Street  EdinburghScotlandAs assistant to Alexander Wood MacNaughtan
Item 11 of 221911Dundee Training College for Teachers  DundeeScotlandAs chief assistant to Thomas Martin Cappon
Item 12 of 22c. 1911Mayfield  DundeeScotlandAs chief assistant to Thomas Martin Cappon
Item 13 of 221924Station CrescentInvergowrie Perthshire/AngusScotlandNos 2-6 and 16 - as first assistant to William Gauldie
Item 14 of 22192712 and 14 Station RoadInvergowrie PerthshireScotland 
Item 15 of 221929Housing for Perth County Council, InvergowrieInvergowrie Perthshire/AngusScotland 
Item 16 of 221929Housing for Perth County Council, KilspindieKilspindie PerthshireScotland 
Item 17 of 221929Housing for Perth County Council, LongforganLongforgan PerthshireScotland 
Item 18 of 221929Housing for Perth County Council, PitroddiePitroddie PerthshireScotland 
Item 19 of 221930Hostel for Teachers' Training  DundeeScotland 
Item 20 of 221930Semi-detached villas, 47 & 49, 51 & 53 Monifieth RoadBroughty Ferry DundeeScotland 
Item 21 of 22c. 1930Masonic Temple  DundeeScotland 
Item 22 of 221932Mayfield  DundeeScotlandNew block


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Dundee Advertiser21 December 1933  Obituary
Item 2 of 2RIBA Journal27 January 1934v41London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp316 - obituary

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 v25 no2091