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Encyclopedia > Charles Herbert Reilly

Sir Charles Herbert Reilly Born London March 4th, 1874 Died London February 2nd, 1948.

Reilly is a major figure in 20th century architecture in Britain. He was largely responsible for the championing and triumph of University training of architects, over the old system of apprenticeship. He was a powerful advocate of the American-style classicism and, later, European modernism.


Education and early career

Charles Herbert Reilly was the son of architect and surveyor Charles Reilly (1844-1928). After graduating from Merchant Taylors School and Queens' College, Cambridge, he worked for two years as an unpaid draughtsman at his father's office. He then entered the office of John Belcher as an 'improver'. Merchant Taylors School is a British public school, located in Northwood, in London. ... Full name The Queens College of Saint Margaret and Saint Bernard in the University of Cambridge Motto Floreat Domus May this House Flourish Named after - Previous names - Established 1448 Sister College(s) Pembroke College President Lord Eatwell Location Silver Street Undergraduates 490 Postgraduates 270 Homepage Boatclub Queens College was...

In 1898, he became an Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). He was appointed part-time lecturer in architectural design at King's College, London. During 1900 and joined in partnership with Stanley Peach, working on the design of electricity generating stations. In 1904 he was appointed Roscoe Professor of Architecture at the University of Liverpool. He was invited to join the RIBA Board of Architectural Education in 1906 and was elected to the Council of RIBA in 1909. Also in 1906, he acted as a consulting architect in the remodelling of 'Belmont' near Chesterfield. Riba is the (Arabic: ربا ) term for intrest, the charging of which is forbidden by the Quran here, among other places: And that which you give in gift (loan) (to others), in order that it may increase (your wealth by expecting to get a better one in return) from other... Kings College London (often abbreviated to KCL) in London is one of the largest colleges in the federal University of London, with 19,500 registered students. ... Chesterfield is a market town and local government district in Derbyshire, a county in England. ...

Overseas visits and later career

During 1909, he first visited America, where he drew his inspiration from the American-style classicist architecture. In the same year, the Department of Civic Design was founded within the Liverpool School of Architecture. During 1910, he lead acampaign against altering St George's Hall, Lime Street, Liverpool to accomodate a statue of Edward VII. St Georges Hall has regularly been called The greatest Neo-Classical building in the world. ... Liverpool waterfront by night, as seen from the Wirral. ... Edward VII King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Emperor of India His Majesty King Edward VII (Albert Edward) (9 November 1841–6 May 1910) was the first British monarch of the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. ...

In 1919, he visted America and Canada and the following year visited twice as a jury member for the Canadian War Memorials competition. In 1925, he was appointed Corresponding Member of the American Institute of Architects. Further travels abroad took him to India with Edward Lutyens during 1927-28. Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens, OM, KCIE (29 March 1869 – 1 January 1944) was arguably the greatest British architect of the 20th century[citation needed]. He designed many English country houses and was instrumental in the design and building of New Delhi. ...

He was appointed Member of Faculty of Architecture at the British School in Rome in 1911, and the following year was made Fellow of the RIBA. He was appointed Vice-President of the RIBA in 1931. He retired as Director of the Liverpool School of Architecture in 1933 and the following year was created Emeritus Professor at the University of Liverpool. He was awarded the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture in 1943 and, in 1944 was Knighted.

Notable designs

  • 1902 - Enters competition for the design of Liverpool Cathedral not built
  • 1905 - Designs cottages at Lower Road, Port Sunlight for William Hesketh Lever.
  • 1907 - Enters competition for the design of London County Hall not built
  • 1907 - Designs Liverpool Students' Union, Ashton Street Liverpool not built
  • 1909 - Designs Liverpool Students' Union, Bedford Street/Mount Pleasant, Liverpool
  • 1909 - Designs Church of St Barnabas, Shacklewell, London
  • 1911 - Designs Church of Humanity, Liverpool not built
  • 1914 - Designs new building for the Liverpool School of Architecture, Bedford Street, Liverpool not built
  • 1916 - Remodels 8 Buckingham Street, Westminster
  • 1920 - Designs Accrington War Memorial, Lancashire
  • 1923 - Appointed co-architect, with Thomas Hastings, of Devonshire House, Piccadilly, London
  • 1928 - Designs Durham War Memorial
  • 1933 - The Leverhulme Building (new school premises) opens with Reilly as joint architect
  • 1934 - Consultant Architect Peter Jones store, Sloane Square and John Lewis Oxford Street, both London
  • 1935 - Co-architect of extension to Liverpool Students' Union

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  • 1913 - Appointed Consulting Editor to the Builders' Journal
  • 1921 - 'Some Liverpool Streets and Buildings'
  • 1921 - (circa) Becomes Architectural Editor of Country Life Magazine
  • 1923 - (circa) 'Some Manchester Streets and Buildings'
  • 1923 - (circa) 'McKim, Mead and White'
  • 1923 - (circa) 'Some Architectural Problems of Today'
  • 1931 - 'Representative Architects of the Present Day'
  • 1932 - 'The Theory and Practice of Architecture'
  • 1938 - 'Scaffolding in the Sky: A Semi-architectural Autobiography'
  • 1946 - 'Architecture as a Communal Art'
  • 1947 - 'Outline Plan for the County Borough of Birkenhead'



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