English architect, son of James Elmes. He won the competition to design St George's Hall, Liverpool (1839), extended the following year to include the Assize Courts. Arguably the finest Neo-Classical building in England, it was completed (1847–54) by Robert Rawlinson and C. R. Cockerell. The design may have been influenced in part by published works of von Klenze and Schinkel, some of whose monumental buildings Elmes saw during a study-visit in 1842. Other works by him include the façades of houses in Ennismore Gardens and Prince's Gate, Kensington, London (c. 1843–6), some houses in Wallasey, Ches. (c.1845), and the Lancashire. Country Lunatic Asylum, Rainhill, Lancs. (1847–51).
Colvin (1995);Sheppard (ed.) (1975);Jane Turner (1996);D. Watkin (1974)