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TIBBET, James

Born: fl. 1882
Died: 1888

Architect


Also spelt TIBBIT or TIBBITT.

Worked as an architect in Durban where, according to Kearney, he appears to have worked in PM DUDGEON's office. In 1882 he submitted a design for the competition for Durban's first town hall (Martin 1980: 137), which competition was won by Dudgeon, and in 1883 submitted a design for and won the competition (there were twenty entries) for the new Natal Legislative Council Building in Pietermaritzburg. He was accused of having copied the facade of the Liverpool Town Hall (Martin 1980:22); Hillebrand (1975:208) notes that Tibbet's design for the Legislative Council Building 'may have plagiarised a design by Dudgeon which may in turn, have been based very closely on the Paisley Town Hall (1875) by WH Lynn.' Although the building was designed in 1883, it was only built in 1887 and completed in 1888. His name can also be found spelt Tibbitt and Tibbit.

(Hillebrand 1975:207; Kearney 1973; Martin 1980; Picton-Seymour 1977)

All truncated references not fully cited in 'References' are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.

Books citing TIBBET

Picton-Seymour, Désirée. 1989. Historical Buildings in South Africa. Cape Town: Struikhof Publishers. pp 141