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STEWART, Arthur James

Born: 1877 07 01
Died: 1942 05 12


Year registered: 1927

Fellow (Glasgow IA); LRIBA (1911); ISAA (1927/); TPIA (1927) .

Was born in Glasgow and educated at Greenock Academy and at the Glasgow School of Art; he was apprenticed to Frank Burnet, Boston and Carruthers, Architects, Glasgow and studied with Mr Anderson, FRIBA, at the Glasgow School of Art. According to his own account in his Licentiate nomination papers (1911), he was articled first to Biston Menzies & Morton, Architects in Greenock, and entered the office of Frank Burnet & Barton, Glasgow in 1898, attending 'lectures on architecture and antiquities under J Andrews and studied in Paris for a short time and in New York in 1906 for some time'.

It is not certain when Stewart first arrived in South Africa but it was probably around 1902/1903 when he worked briefly for STUCKE & BANNISTER before he entered into partnership with Robert HOWDEN in Johannesburg (cf HOWDEN & STEWART). Stewart spent some time studying in New York in 1906 but appears to have returned to the partnership thereafter. He was not listed in the directories until 1909 when he was in partnership with Howden. With Howden he was successful in a number of competitions, the first being that for St George's Presbyterian Church, Johannesburg in 1904. Their most prestigious win, however, was the competition for the Transvaal University College, Johannesburg (1907) which was assessed by Thomas Edward COLLCUTT. As an individual he gained first premium in the open competition for the Pretoria Post Office, Church Square (1909); the competition was, however, reassessed by a committee appointed by the Pretoria councillors and the building built to another's plans (cf COOK & McKENZIE). He was elected LRIBA on 20 March 1911, at which date his office was 41-45 Mutual Buildings, Johannesburg and his home address Kloof Keep, Morgan Road, Berea. Stewart continued to practice in partnership with Howden in Johannesburg until at least 1921. He does not seem to have been listed in the Johannesburg directories after this date.

He married Marhta Maria Fouche and they had two daughters Mayline Chloe Vallerie Schutte (nee Stewart) and Adair Helen Rowina Abdey (nee Stewart). He died in the Johannesburg Hospital on 12 May 1942 and his address at the time was Hawthorn Private Hotel, Olivia Road, Berea, Johannesburg. He was buried in the Braamfontein Cemetery.

There is also a listing of this practitioner on the Dictionary of Scottish Architects.

(Additional information was supplied by Sarah Welham via William Martinson)

(LRIBA nom papers (1911) 321; SAAR Apr 1943:76, death notice; SAWW 1908:384 port, 1910, 1911)

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.

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Cullinan House: 1910. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect

Books citing STEWART

Walker, Michael. 2013. The pioneer architects of Johannesburg and their buildings (1886 - 1899) with postcard illustrations. St James: The Kalk Bay Historical Association. pp 49