A leading architect and surveyor in Pietermaritzburg, Stott commenced practice in about 1894. He was born in Verulam, Natal, where his father was the Methodist missionary preacher Simon Horner Stott, who had come to South Africa in 1866 with his father Ralph Stott, a pioneer missionary among the immigrant Indian settlers in Natal in the 1860s. Stott was sent overseas to the Methodist Kingswood School near Bath. On his return home around 1890 he was articled in Verulam to an as yet unidentified architect - possibly William Emery ROBARTS. He apparently received his Surveyor's certificate from the University of Cape Town in 1894. Several months later he began practice on his own account as an architect and surveyor with offices in Pietermaritzburg and in Greytown. In about 1896 he entered into partnership with W TOMLINSON in Pietermaritzburg (cf. STOTT & TOMLINSON) and married Florence Eliza Harwin in 1897, the daughter of the prominent merchant John Harwin in Pietermaritzburg for whom he later designed the Harwin's Arcade. In about 1902 he entered into partnership with R KIRKBY (cf. STOTT & KIRKBY), the partnership lasting until 1907. By this time Stott was a leading member of the community and had, with the assistance of his partners, designed a number of fine houses in the town, several for instance in Leighton St. He was elected a member of the Town Council of Pietermaritzburg in 1904 and retained the post until 1906. His partnership with Kirkby was particularly fruitful since they were responsible for the design of a number of eminent buildings in the Colony including many of the buildings at Hilton College and the Cedara Agricultural Station. In about 1909 Stott entered into partnership with RV SULLIVAN, a quantity surveyor (cf. STOTT & SULLIVAN); the partners were joined by PH BARBOUR in about 1929 (cf. STOTT, SULLIVAN & BARBOUR). In 1936 the firm was known as STOTT, SULLIVAN, BARBOUR & TARBOTON which, on Barbour's departure from the firm in about 1936 became STOTT, SULLIVAN & TARBOTON.
Stott was a founder member of the Surveyors' Institute of Natal and was elected president of this Institution in 1923. He was appointed Borough Valuer in 1906. In 1908 he took over Kirkby's duties as Secretary for the Society of Architects (London), South African branch, and in 1925 was elected a Licentiate member of the RIBA in 1925. In 1932 he was elected to Durban Town Council and was elected Member of the Provincial Council for Toll Gate (Durban) in August 1933.
The Stotts had two children, Gwendoline May (Lister) and Halley (named after the comet) Harwin Stott. Stott lived latterly at Shangri-La in Botha's Hill; in his will he left grazing rights in perpetuity to the 'natives' on certain given subdivisions of his property, Woody Glen, which later, under his son Dr Halley Harwin Stott, became the Valley Trust. Stott was a member of the Geological Society of London.
(AB&E Nov 1932:14; Afr Archt Nov 1912:81; ISAA mem list; LRIBA nom papers (1925) 3099; NAD MSCE 1799/48; NWW 1906; NWW 1933; SAAR Mar 1949:72 obit; UNSAL; The Natal Witness, Saturday April 28, 2001)
Publ: The Boer invasion of Natal, publ 1900; Primer on South African geology. n.d.
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.
List of projects With photographs
|Clothing factory: 1912. Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect |
|County Permanent Bldg Soc, alt: 1928. Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect |
|Hotel for GN Oldfield: 1917. Durban, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect |
|Ireland & Co, add: 1925. Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect |
|Marian Villa: c1913. Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect |
|Nathan's Chambers, add: 1925. Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect |
|Native Beer Manufactory, bldg: 1923. Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect |
|Wesleyan Metropolitan Hall: 1902. Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect |
Books citing STOTT
|Hillebrand, Melanie. 1975. Aspects of architecture in Natal, 1880 1914. Pietermaritzburg: Unpublished MA. Dept Fine Art and History of Art, University of Natal. pp 202-204|
|Hillebrand, Melanie. 1986. Art and architecture in Natal, 1910 1940. Pietermaritzburg: Unpublished Ph.D. Dept Fine Art and History of Art, University of Natal. pp 476, 477|
|Lloyds Greater Britain Publishing. 1906. Twentieth century impressions of Natal : its people, commerce, industries, and resources. Durban: Lloyds Greater Britain Publishing. pp 232|
|SAWW & Donaldson, K. 1944. South African Who's Who (Social and Business) 1944. Cape Town: Ken Donaldson. pp 457|