Charles Webb (architect)

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Charles Webb

Charles Webb (born 26 November 1821, Sudbury, Suffolk, England - 23 January 1898) was an architect working in Victoria, Australia during the 19th century. Notable Webb designs include the iconic Windsor Hotel,[1] Royal Arcade,[2] South Melbourne Town Hall[3] and Tasma Terrace,[4] all listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.

Biography[edit]

Charles Webb was born in Sudbury, Suffolk, England on 26 November 1821, as the youngest of nine children. After being apprentice at an architect in London, in 1847 he became the secretary of the London Architectural Students' Society. Following his brother James who earlier migrated to Australia, Charles arrived in Melbourne on 2 June 1849. He set up an architecture and surveyor partnership with his brother at Brighton. Their first important commission was for the St Paul's Church on Swanston Street in 1850. After 1858 Webb practised on his own, until two of his sons joined him in 1888. In this period he designed several public buildings, including the Wesley College (1864), Alfred Hospital (1869), Royal Arcade (1869), South Melbourne Town Hall 1878), Melbourne Orphan Asylum (1878) and the Grand Hotel later renamed Hotel Windsor (1884). In 1856 he was a founding member of the Victorian Institute of Architects, and between 1882-83 the organisation's president.[5]

Significant works[edit]

  • 1856 - Melbourne Grammar School (main buildings), Melbourne
  • 1857 - St Andrew's Anglican Church, Brighton, Melbourne
  • 1863 - Church of Christ, Swanston Street, Melbourne
  • 1864 - Wesley College, Prahran, Melbourne
  • 1869 - Royal Arcade, Bourke Street, Melbourne
  • 1875 - Congregational Church, Black St., Brighton, Melbourne
  • 1876 - Mandeville Hall, Toorak, Melbourne
  • 1876 - John Knox Presbyterian Church, Gardenvale, Melbourne
  • 1878 - Tasma Terrace, Parliament Place, East Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1879 - South Melbourne Town Hall, South Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1880 - Primary School No. 1253, South Melbourne
  • 1882 - Mosspennoch, East Melbourne
  • 1883 - Grand Hotel (Windsor), Spring Street, Melbourne
  • 1884 - Banks & Co Warehouse, 96 Pelham Street, Carlton, Melbourne
  • 1889 - Charsfield Hotel, St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Gallery of works[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hotel Windsor: There's life in the old girl yet". Sydney Morning Herald. 22 September 2009. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "Trust will fight 3 wreckings The National Trust has again". The Age. 27 February 1978. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "South Melbourne Town Hall Community Hub Opens". Retrieved 15 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "A register of treasures". The Age. 13 March 1979. Retrieved 15 April 2010. [dead link]
  5. ^ Bridges-Webb, Charles, "Webb, Charles (1821–1898)", Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, accessed 3 November 2012.

External links[edit]

Media related to Charles Webb at Wikimedia Commons