Basic Biographical Details

Name: Douglas Pairman Hall
Designation: Architect
Born: 23 September 1880
Died: 5 July 1945
Bio Notes: Douglas Pairman Hall was born on 23 September 1880, probably in north Angus. He was articled to John Sim in Montrose for five years, and presumably remained for a few further years as an assistant. By 1903 he had moved to Edinburgh, where he worked for Hippolyte Jean Blanc as an assistant and studied at the School of Applied Art and Heriot-Watt College. He was still with Blanc, by now as head draughtsman, at the time he was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, his proposers being James Bow Dunn and the Edinburgh Architectural Association.

He emigrated in 1912 to New York where he obtained a place in the office of the Dundee-born theatre specialist Thomas White Lamb, with whom he remained until the early 1930s. He subsequently became a specialist in that field in his own right, designing some fifty theatres and cinemas in the New York area, latterly in partnership with ___ Riley as Hall & Riley.

He died on 5 July 1945.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 259, Viewforth, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1911 *  
Item 2 of 2New York, United States of AmericaPrivate/business19121945 

* 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 6John Simc. 1895c. 1900Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6John Simc. 19001903Assistant 
Item 3 of 6Hippolyte Jean Blanc19031908Assistant 
Item 4 of 6Hippolyte Jean Blanc1908After 1911Chief Draughtsman 
Item 5 of 6Thomas White Lamb1912Early 1930sAssistant(?) 
Item 6 of 6Hall & RileyEarly 193E1945(?)Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1James Bow Dunn20 July 1911for Licentiateship - as President of the Edinburgh Architectural Association

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 10After 1895SchoolsStornowayLewisRoss and CromartyScotlandAs apprentice/assistant to either John Sim or Hippolyte Jean Blanc
Item 2 of 101903Bangour Village AsylumUphall West LothianScotlandAsylum - as assistant to Hippolyte Jean Blanc
Item 3 of 101903Carnegie Public Baths and gymnasiumDunfermline FifeScotlandAs assistant to Hippolyte Jean Blanc
Item 4 of 101904Bryson's, Princes Street  EdinburghScotlandProbably involved, as assistant to Hippolyte Jean Blanc
Item 5 of 101905UF Church PitcairngreenPerth PerthshireScotlandAs assistant to Hippolyte Jean Blanc
Item 6 of 101907 or 1908(?)Carnegie District Library, BaldridgeburnDunfermline FifeScotlandCompetition design, as assistant to H J Blanc - won competition but job was lost to H & D Barclay (this may apply to the Townhill Library, Dunfermline)
Item 7 of 101908Carnegie BathsForfar AngusScotlandAs chief draughtsman to Hippolyte Jean Blanc
Item 8 of 101909Kirkwall CathedralKirkwallMainlandOrkneyScotlandCompetition design for restoration - as chief draughtsman to Hippolyte Jean Blanc
Item 9 of 101909London County Hall  LondonEnglandCompetition design - as head draughtsman to Hippolyte Jean Blanc
Item 10 of 101911Ardchattan and Connel UF ChurchBenderloch ArgyllScotlandAs assistant to Hippolyte Jean Blanc


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 2Withey, Henry F and Withey, Elsie Rathburn1970Biographical Dictionary of American Architects (Deceased)Facsimile editionLos Angeles: Hennessey & Ingalls, Inc (originally published in 1956) 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1National Architect14 August 1945  Obituary

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 L v18 no1312