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HARRIS, Emmanuel Vincent

Born: 1876
Died: 1971


A well-known British architect born in 1876 in Davenport.

He designed many public buildings in Britain, including a number of town halls. He designed Bristol Council House and Somerset County Hall in Taunton. He also designed many other important buildings such as Manchester Central Library and Manchester Town Hall Extension, Sheffield City Hall and Leeds Civic Hall. When he built Glamorgan County Hall in 1912 his partner was Thomas MOODIE who was working in South Africa for about five years from April 1903.

He was a Royal Academician.

Harris accepted an invitation to assess the submissions for the competition for Pretoria City Hall (1926), an invitation to which there was some local opposition. A little later, 1930, Harris was invited to act as assessor of the Johannesburg Public Library competition and came to South Africa to do so.

He died near Bath in 1971.

OBE; FRIBA. (Arch & Planning Aug 1971:607 obit; SAAR Jun 1930:72; SAAR Mar 1931:4, 5-13)

(Additional information supplied by Nick Holmes, a PhD student at Sheffield University School of Architecture. October 2011)

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.