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Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Hervey Rutherford
Designation: Architect
Born: 1874
Died: 23 March 1946
Bio Notes: James Hervey Rutherford was born in 1874 in Glasgow and educated in Edinburgh. He was initially articled to an Edinburgh architect 'of mediocre reputation' but on his death transferred his articles to Robert Rowand Anderson in 1893, attending classes at the Edinburgh School of Applied Art and Heriot-Watt College. In 1899 he moved to London to work for John Belcher, moving in 1900 to the office of Leonard Stokes and in 1901 to that of William Douglas Caröe. During that period he attended the RA Schools and won a number of prizes and scholarships, including the Pugin Studentship in 1899 and the Owen Jones in 1901. The latter enabled him to spend six months of 1902 travelling in Spain, Sicily and Italy.

Rutherford moved to York in 1901 as chief assistant to Walter Henry Brierley. Surprisingly Rutherford either never sat or failed to pass the qualifying exam and so did not seek membership of the RIBA until 1911 when he was admitted LRIBA, proposed by Samuel Needham, president of the York & Yorkshire Architectural Society.

Brierley took Rutherford into partnership in 1918, and was one of Rutherford's proposers for election as FRIBA on 30 November 1925, his other proposers being William Alfred Pite and John Stewart. After Brierley died in August 1926 Rutherford went into partnership with John Stuart Syme, who had been a fellow apprentice in Anderson's office. The partnership was dissolved in 1939 when Rutherford retired.

Rutherford's home in York was affectively ruined in an air attack on York in April 1942 a shock which hastened his end. He died on 23 March 1946.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 213, Lendal, York, Yorkshire, EnglandBusinessBefore 1906After 1928 
Item 2 of 239, Bootham, York, Yorkshire, EnglandPrivate1911 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Employment and Training

Employers

The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 7Wardrop & Anderson1893Before 1899Apprentice 
Item 2 of 7John Belcher18991900Assistant(?) 
Item 3 of 7Leonard Aloysius Scott Stokes19001901Assistant(?) 
Item 4 of 7William Douglas Caröe19011901Assistant(?) 
Item 5 of 7Walter Henry Brierley19011918Senior AssistantActual title: Chief Assistant
Item 6 of 7Brierley & Rutherford1918August 1926 or January 1927Partner 
Item 7 of 7Rutherford & SymeJanuary 19271939Partner 

RIBA

RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 4Walter Henry Brierley30 November 1925for Fellowship
Item 2 of 4Samuel NeedhamMid 1911for Licentiateship - as president of the York & Yorkshire Architectural Society
Item 3 of 4William Alfred Pite30 November 1925for Fellowship
Item 4 of 4John Stewart30 November 1925for Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1John Stuart SymeMid 1928for Fellowship

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 2After 1911HouseNairn NairnshireScotland 
Item 2 of 21919Daily Mail ideal workers' houses, Northern industrial area   EnglandCompetition design

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Nuttgens, Patrick Brierley in Yorkshire: The Architecture of the Turn of the Century   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA JournalSeptember 1946 London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp515 Obituary by J Stuart Syme

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 v11 no685 (microfilm reel 33); F no2318 (box 5)

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