Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Conradi
Designation: Architect
Born: c. 1830
Died: 25 May 1894
Bio Notes: Wilhelm (or William) Conradi was born in Germany about 1830. (At the time of his death in 1894 he was recorded as 64 years old). The 1871 census does not give the state prior to unification. Details of his training are lacking but he was engaged by George Gilbert Scott as a clerk of works on the Foreign Office in Whitehall from1862 and on St Andrew’s Church and Parsonage, Derby and St Peter’s, Edensor in 1864-66. (Glasgow University Archives 1156).

On 17 October 1866 he was appointed clerk of works for the building of the new University of Glasgow buildings at Gilmorehill, the main contractor being Thompson of Peterborough. In March 1872 he appears to have sought a post with Alfred Waterhouse, but in the event he remained in Glasgow to supervise the building of Scott’s Episcopal Church of St Mary on Great Western Road in 1872-74.

While in Glasgow Conradi, lived at 6 Blomfield Place, Partick, now Great George Street, Hillhead.

Records show that Conradi married Ann Durrant in 1863. The couple had five daughters and one son. The two oldest daughters were born in Derbyshire in 1865 and 1866; the son and third daughter were born in 1868 and 1870 in Scotland; the fourth daughter was born in Hereford in 1874 and the youngest daughter born in Westcot, Buckinghamshire in 1876.

In the 1880s he worked as chief assistant to Sir Arthur William Blomfield and supervised the construction of the Memorial Church at Cannes, France.

Conradi died on 25 May 1894 as a result of an accident in early April. When he was measuring the interior of Watford Church, he fell from a pew and slipped to the ground.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness   
Item 2 of 3Finborough Road, West Kensington, London, EnglandPrivate 1894 
Item 3 of 3Chirstchurch, Hampshire, EnglandPrivate/business1881  

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 2(Sir) George Gilbert ScottBefore April 18671876(?)ClerkClerk of Works in Glasgow
Item 2 of 2(Sir) Arthur William Blomfield1880s Chief Assistant 

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 1Before 1867University of Glasgow, main quadranglesGilmorehill GlasgowScotlandAs resident clerk of works for George Gilbert Scott


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Cole, David1980The Work of Sir Gilbert Scott  pp154, 233
Item 2 of 2Grant, David2005Removal of the University of Glasgow to Woodlands Hill 1845-9 and Gilmorehill 1853-83 Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, vol 135, pp 213-58p 246

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser31 May 1894  p8

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Census records onlineCensuses  
Item 2 of 2England and WalesBirths, marriages and deaths