Basic Biographical Details

Name: Andrew Whitford Anderson
Designation: Architect
Born: 18 March 1859
Died: 27 November 1950
Bio Notes: Andrew Whitford Anderson was born on 18 March 1859 at Bower Chalk, Wiltshire. He was articled to James Salmon & Son in Glasgow from 1874 to 1879, and on leaving them spent three months on a measuring and sketching tour of Scotland. In May 1880 he moved to Edinburgh as assistant to Hippolyte Jean Blanc. He left Blanc in September 1882 and set off on another study tour of old Scottish buildings, this time of two months; his drawings of Elgin Cathedral won him the RIBA Silver Medal and a ten-guinea prize. In early 1883 he moved to London as assistant to John Macvicar Anderson. He passed the qualifying exam while in Macvicar Anderson's office early in 1884, and was admitted ARIBA on 9 June of that year, his proposers being Macvicar Anderson, Ewan Christian and William Forrest Salmon. He was then living at 46 Warwick Gardens. He remained with Macvicar Anderson for a decade and gained further prizes during his later years there, including two RIBA prizes for scientific masonry in 1889 and 1890.

Anderson commenced independent practice in 1892 in Watford, Hertfordshire; his office address there was 16 Westland Road in 1900, and subsequently moved to High Street, first at no 28 and later at 58. He was admitted FRIBA on 16 June 1922, his proposers being John Campbell Turner Murray (with whom he had been a fellow apprentice in the Salmon office), Norman Toller Myers, and Percy Scott Worthington. In his supporting statement, Myers made particular mention of Anderson's 'exceptional knowledge of Historical Buildings of Architectural Interest', Anderson having written a number of papers on old churches and houses for various societies in Hertfordshire and elsewhere.

Anderson had a significant practice in lettering as well as architecture. He retired as a Fellow in 1931 and died on 27 November 1950 at Sundial, Marsham Wat, Gerrards Cross. He left estate valued at 40,354 16s 9d.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 646, Warwick Gardens, Kensington, London, EnglandPrivate1884 *  
Item 2 of 616, Westland Road, Watford, Hertfordshire, EnglandBusiness1908 *  
Item 3 of 628, High Street, Watford, Hertfordshire, EnglandBusinessBefore 1914After 1922 
Item 4 of 618, Wellington Road, Watford, Hertfordshire, EnglandPrivate1922 *  
Item 5 of 658, High Street, Watford, Hertfordshire, EnglandBusiness1926 *  
Item 6 of 6Sundial, Marsham Way, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, EnglandPrivate1950 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3James Salmon & Son18741879Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Hippolyte Jean Blancc. 1880c. 1882Assistant 
Item 3 of 3John Macvicar Anderson1884 Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6John Macvicar Anderson9 June 1884for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 6Ewan Christian9 June 1884for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 6John Campbell Turner Murray16 June 1922for Fellowship
Item 4 of 6Norman Toller Myers16 June 1922for Fellowship
Item 5 of 6William Forrest Salmon9 June 1884for Licentiateship
Item 6 of 6(Sir) Percy Scott Worthington16 June 1922for Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Robert Annan20 March 1911for Licentiateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3Hertfordshire at the beginning of the 20th century   Pike 
Item 2 of 3Who's Who in Architecture1914    
Item 3 of 3Who's Who in Architecture1926    

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A v9 p70 (microfiche 35/D1); F no2350