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George Gilbert Scott

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1868. (? Maybe a different Scott). Central Hall of Arts and Sciences, Kensington by Lieut-Col Scott RE.)
1867. Terminus Hotel of St. Pancras Railway Station designed by George Gilbert Scott.
1868. Leeds Fine Arts Exhibition Building.

Sir George Gilbert Scott (1811-1878) was an English Gothic revival architect, chiefly associated with churches and cathedrals, although he started his career as a leading designer of workhouses.

He was one of the most prolific architects that Great Britain has produced, with over 800 buildings being designed or altered by him.

1811 July 13th. Born in Gawcott, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, the son of a cleric and grandson of the biblical commentator Thomas Scott.

He studied architecture as a pupil of James Edmeston and, from 1832 to 1834, worked as an assistant to Henry Roberts. He also worked as an assistant for his friend, Sampson Kempthorne, who specialised in the design of workhouses, a field in which Scott was to begin his independent career

1831 Completed pupillage and then worked for the contractors Grissell and Peto, gaining practical experience, in particular, from superintending the work at the Hungerford Market in London

Scott was the architect of many iconic buildings, including the Midland Grand Hotel at St. Pancras Railway Station, the Albert Memorial, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, all in London, the main building of the University of Glasgow, and St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh. [1]

Designed the Albert Memorial in London; on its completion in 1872, Scott was knighted by Queen Victoria, styling himself Sir Gilbert Scott.

1877 He was the architect on the restoration of St. Albans Abbey in 1877. [2]

1878 March 27th. Died

His two eldest sons, George Gilbert Scott (1839-1897) and John Oldrid Scott (1841–1913), trained under him as architects and took over the practice on his death.

1878 Obituary [3]

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Sources of Information

  • Biography of George Gilbert Scott, ODNB
  • Wikipedia