April 8th, 2010


1884 Whitehall architecture

It seems that my great-grandfather—Arthur Mattinson—submitted a design for the "New Admiralty and War Office" that came third or foutrth in an open competition. I have a photo-litho of a drawing by him of the building viewed from Horse Guards Parade. It was published in The Building News on 29 August 1884 under his name and that of his father-in-law's practice: Maxwell & Tuke, Architects of Princess Street, Manchester. James Maxwell was my great-great-grandfather. His firm designed Blackpool Tower, Southport Town Hall, Manchester Botanic Gardens, and all of St Anne's-on-the-sea.

Maxwell Tuke War Office 1884

There is another drawing viewed from Whitehall:

Maxwell & Tuke War Office design 1884
The competition was won by Leeming & Leeming of Halifax with second place awarded to Verity & Hunt of London (who designed many West End theatres and the Pavilion at Lord's). The only other published impressions that I can find for this competition were submitted by Glover & Salter (Stephen Salter was a prolific architect from Oxford but I can learn nothing of a partnership with Glover). Seven other entrants had their floor plans published in The Builder in which Mattinson's plans of the ground floor and first floor were published on 18 October 1884.