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Basic Biographical Details

Name: Charles John Phipps
Designation: Architect
Born: 1835
Died: 25 May 1897
Bio Notes: Charles John Phipps was born at Lansdowne, Bath, in 1835, the son of John Rashleigh Phipps. He was articled to James Wilson and Thomas Fuller, Bath c.1850, remaining with them until June 1857. After a year's travel on the continent, during which he probably studied theatre design, he commenced practice in Bath in 1858 with a branch office in Cornhill London, 1863-66 before finally concentrating his practice at 26 Meiklenburgh Square from 1867 until his death. He was admitted ARIBA on 23 January 1860, his proposers being George Gilbert Scott, Edward I Anson and John Whichcord all of London; and FRIBA on 12 February 1866 his proposers being Scott, Edward William Godwin and William Burges. In his later years his theatre practice was damaged by the fire at the Theatre Royal Exeter where smoke had not been sufficiently considered and he lost ground to Frank Matcham. He died at Meiklenburgh Square 25 May 1897; his practice was continued by his son-in-law Arthur Blomfield Jackson.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 35, Paragon Buildin, Bath, Somerset, EnglandBusiness1859 * Also 1866.
Item 2 of 348, Cornhill, London, England(?)Business18631867 
Item 3 of 326, Meiklenburgh Square, London, EnglandBusiness18671897 

* 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 1James Wilson and Thomas Fullerc. 1850June 1857Apprentice 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1William Stirling IV1884 Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6William Burges12 February 1866for Fellowship
Item 2 of 6Edward William Godwin12 February 1866for Fellowship
Item 3 of 6Edward I'Anson23 January 1860for Associateship
Item 4 of 6(Sir) George Gilbert Scott23 January 1860for Associateship
Item 5 of 6(Sir) George Gilbert Scott12 February 1866for Fellowship
Item 6 of 6J Whichcord23 January 1860for Associateship

Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 61872Her Majesty's Theatre  AberdeenScotlandDesigned original building with James Matthews, (statements that Matthews designed the fašade are probably erroneous)
Item 2 of 61876Queen's Theatre  EdinburghScotlandRebuilding within shell of David MacGibbon's building
Item 3 of 61876Theatre RoyalDumfries DumfriesshireScotlandRebuilding within shell of old theatre
Item 4 of 61880Theatre Royal  GlasgowScotlandRebuilding within existing shell after fire
Item 5 of 61882Royal Lyceum Theatre  EdinburghScotlandSecured job.
Item 6 of 61895Theatre Royal  GlasgowScotlandRebuilding after fire


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder29 May 1897  p488
Item 2 of 2RIBA Journal1897v4London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp390

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 v3 p51; Fv4 p7 (microfiches 5/D5, 81/A3)


© All rights reserved. Building News 18 April 1890 

© All rights reserved. Building News 18 April 1890