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Harvey Lonsdale Elmes

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Harvey Lonsdale Elmes (1814-1847) was an English architect, the designer of St George's Hall, Liverpool.

1814 February 10th. Born in Cirencester the son of the architect, James Elmes.

After serving some time in his father's office, and under a surveyor at Bedford and an architect (Henry Goodridge) at Bath, Elmes became partner with his father in 1835.

One of the first buildings Elmes designed was 10-12 Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster, London, for Charles Pearson, the City Solicitor.

In July, 1839, he was successful among 86 competitors for a design for St George's Hall, Liverpool. The foundation stone of this building had been laid on 28 June 1838, but, Elmes being successful in a competition for the Assize Courts in the same city, it was finally decided to include the hall and courts in a single building. Consequently, Elmes prepared a fresh design, and construction work commenced in 1841. He superintended its progress until 1847, when because of failing health, he was compelled to delegate his duties to John Weightman (City Surveyor) and Robert Rawlinson (Structural Engineer) and leave for Jamaica.

1851 Charles Robert Cockerell took over supervision of the project.

1847 November 26th. Died of consumption

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