A pioneer architect in the Transvaal, Scott left South Africa to work in Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), also pioneering. He was born in Wolverhampton, England, the only son of Alexander Scott, BA, a school master of South Shields. Scott came to South Africa in 1889, becoming an assistant in the firm of CAMPBELL, EMLEY & DICKSON in Pretoria and working in this office from about 1889 until the dissolution of the partnership in 1892. He then entered into partnership with Frank EMLEY (cf EMLEY & SCOTT). The partners submitted a design for the competition for the Cape Town City Hall in 1894 but were unsuccessful. The partnership continued until 1898 when Scott went to Bulawayo where he set up practice on his own account. In 1902 he moved to Johannesburg and established, with SG HUDSON, the firm of SCOTT & HUDSON. In 1903, together with HE WOOLLACOTT, they won the competition for the new Durban City Hall (cf WOOLLACOTT, SCOTT & HUDSON). It is not certain how long Scott remained in South Africa but by 1911 he had returned to Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) where he in that year he was placed third in the competition for the Municipal Offices in Bulawayo. The United Transvaal Directory (1915) listed him at an address in Bulawayo where he died in 1923. In Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) he was responsible for the design of the Grand Hotel, Albany House, the Masonic temple, the ABC Bank, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) House and 'a fine pile of buildings, the new hotel at the Victoria Falls' (Building Sep 1923:97 obit). He was in partnership latterly with JD Robertson as Robertson & Scott, executing a number of works in Bulawayo.
(Building Sep 1923:97 obit; Men Tvl 1905:329 port; UTD 1915)
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