Arnold Dunbar Smith


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English architect. He entered into partnership with Cecil Claude Brewer (1871–1918) in 1895, and they won the competition to design the Passmore Edwards Settlement (now Mary Ward Centre), Tavistock Place, London (1896–8). It is a delightful building, with influences from Voysey in the cornice and roof, Harrison Townsend in the vaguely Sezessionist porch, and Shaw in the fenestration. Smith & Brewer designed Little Barley End, Tring, Herts. (1899), and were pioneers of the Neo-Classical Revival with their severe National Museum of Wales, Cathays Park, Cardiff (1910), which played an important role in establishing the American Beaux-Arts style of Classicism in England. Their best-known work was Heal's, Tottenham Court Road, London (1916), a reticent stripped Classical design described by Pevsner as the ‘best commercial front of its date’.

A. S. Gray (1985);J. Newman (1995);Cherry & Pevsner (1998)

Subjects: Architecture.

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