Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||John McNee Jeffrey |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||1883 |
|Died: ||1956 |
|Bio Notes: ||John McNee Jeffrey was born in 1883. He was articled to David Andrew of Glasgow from 1899, attending the classes at Glasgow School of Art. From Andrew's office he obtained a place in the LCC Architects' Department Highways Section in 1904. By 1908 he had joined the office of Emmanuel Vincent Harris in London, from where he passed the qualifying exam in June of that year. By the time of his admittance as ARIBA on 30 November of that year, he appears to have returned to Glasgow. His proposers were all Glaswegian - Andrew, John Gaff Gillespie and James Salmon Junior - suggesting some connection between Andrew and Salmon and Gillespie. He had travelled in Yorkshire and Oxfordshire. |
In 1911 or 1912 he emigrated to Toronto, Canada with his wife to a post as staff architect for Canadian Investments Ltd., a real estate and investment company. In 1915 he opened his own practice and designed a number of cinemas.
In 1923 joined the practice of Schultze & Weaver of New York and moved to Burbank, California, where he supervised their work on the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel. In 1925 or 1926 still employed by Schultze & Weaver he moved to New York State and assisted with a range of hotels.
In 1931 Jeffrey returned to Toronto to establish his own practice but this was not successful and he returned within a year to New York State. He was Clarkstown's first building and zoning inspector, taking over the post when the municipality first instituted its building regulations. He opened business on his own account in 1945.
Outwith his profession he was a member of the Stony Point Lodge and the London Scottish Regiment with which he had presumably served during the First World War.
Jeffrey died in 1956, survived by his wife, two daughters and three sons.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|3, Queen Square Place, Bloomsbury, London, England||Private||June 1908 *|| || |
|20, Moray Place, Regent Park, Glasgow, Scotland||Private||November 1908 *|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|British Architectural Library, RIBA||2001||Directory of British Architects 1834-1914|| || || |
|http://dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/|| ||http://dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/|| || || |
|The following periodicals contain references to this architect:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|Journal-News||10 March 1956|| || ||The Journal-News [White Plains, N.Y.] on 10 March 1956, page 1|
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|Courtesy of Robert Hill, Canada||Information sent to Dictionary|| ||Sent June 2016|
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||A v18 p33 (microfilm reel 20)|