Banister Fletcher

(1833—1899) architect and surveyor

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(1833–99). English architect and surveyor. He designed several industrial buildings in Newcastle upon Tyne before settling in London in 1870, where he published Model Houses for the Industrial Classes (1871) in which the influence of Henry Roberts can be detected. He built up an extensive architectural and surveying practice in which he was assisted by his sons, Banister Flight (see below) and Herbert Phillips Fletcher (1872–1916). In 1890 he was appointed to a Chair at King's College, London, in which capacity he did much to further architectural education. He was indefatigably industrious, publishing many works, including Dilapidations (1872), Compensations (1874), Arbitrations (1875), Quantities (1877), Light and Air (1879), The Metropolitan Building Acts (1882), and, with his son Banister, his celebrated A History of Architecture (1896), which rapidly went into further editions, and became the standard work for generations of students.

From A Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Architecture.

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