Basic Biographical Details

Name: Lawrence Harrower Smart
Born: 20 September 1896
Died: c. 1967
Bio Notes: Lawrence Harrower Smart was born on 20 September 1896 and was articled to Christie & Davidson of Dunblane in April 1912, studying at the Lauder Technical School in the same town. He transferred to the building department of Easton Gibb & Son of Rosyth Dockyard in June 1914 but his training was interrupted by war service from November 1915 to September 1919, spent in Egypt, Salonika and Southern Russia. After the war, in December 1919, he joined the office of Leadbetter, Fairley & Reid in Edinburgh, and resumed his studies, taking classes at Edinburgh College of Art and Heriot-Watt College.

In January 1923 he moved to the office of Harold Ogle Tarbolton in the same city as draughtsman. He acted as Tarbolton's representative in charge of the works at Bermuda Cathedral from November 1926 to September 1927, and entered into partnership with Tarbolton in October of the latter year under the name of Tarbolton & Smart, their office being in Hamilton, Bermuda.

Smart was admitted LRIBA on 10 October 1930, his proposers being Tarbolton, John Watson and the then secretary of the Royal Incorporation of Architects of Scotland. It appears that his partnership with Tarbolton had been dissolved by late 1932, when Tarbolton merged his practice with that of Sir Matthew Montgomerie Ochterlony.

Smart remained in Hamilton, Bermuda for the rest of his career and continued to live there after his retirement in 1962. He disappears from directories in 1967 suggesting he had died by that date.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 44, St Colme Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1928c. 1931 
Item 2 of 4The Old House, Point Shares, Pembroke, Bermuda, West IndiesPrivate1930 *  
Item 3 of 4Hamilton, Bermuda, West IndiesBusiness1930 *  
Item 4 of 4PO Box 374, Hamilton, Bermuda, West IndiesPrivate/business1939 *c. 1967 

* 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 5Christie & DavidsonApril 1912June 1914Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5Leadbetter, Fairley & ReidDecember 1919January 1923Assistant 
Item 3 of 5Harold Ogle TarboltonJanuary 1923November 1926Draughtsman 
Item 4 of 5Harold Ogle TarboltonNovember 1926September 1926 Tarbolton's representative in charge of Bermuda Cathedral works
Item 5 of 5Tarbolton & SmartOctober 1927c. 1931Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2Harold Ogle Tarbolton10 October 1930for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 2John Watson10 October 1930for 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 1November 1926Holy Trinity CathedralHamiltonBermudaBermudaWest IndiesActed as representative of Harold Ogle Tarbolton on works including replacement of tiled roof with copper


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 8RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 8RIBA1946The RIBA Kalendar 1946-1947 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 8RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 4 of 8RIBA1954RIBA Kalendar 1953-54   
Item 5 of 8RIBA1956Kalendar 1956-57   
Item 6 of 8RIBA1961Kalendar 1960-61   
Item 7 of 8RIBA1966Kalendar 1966-67   
Item 8 of 8RIBA Directory1968RIBA Directory 1967-68 Copy located at NMRS 

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 no3383 (box 10)