|Died||1 May 1882
South Kensington, London
|Buildings||Montefiore Synagogue, Brighton Regency Synagogue|
|Projects||Stations for the London and Brighton Railway|
Mocatta was the architect of the London and Brighton Railway, designing seven italianate railway stations. Mocatta also designed balustrades and a set of eight Italianate pavilions to ornament John Urpeth Rastrick's Ouse Valley Viaduct for the L&BR.
His synagogue in Ramsgate for Moses Montefiore (1833) was possibly the first in England to be designed by a Jewish architect. The West London Synagogue of British Jews commissioned Mocatta to design both their temporary premises in Burton Street (1841) and their building in Margaret Street (1851). The latter was a substantial structure, seating 400 and costing more than £4,000.
He was elected a Fellow of the Institute of British Architects (later the RIBA) in 1836, and was an early member of its council. In later years he became Senior Trustee of the Soane Museum. He was a founder member of the West London Synagogue eventually becoming chairman of its council. He retired from architecture early, having inherited the family fortunes.
Mocatta House, a modern office development in Trafalgar Place, Brighton is named after him.
- Montefiore Synagogue, Ramsgate, Kent, 1833
- Brighton Regency Synagogue, Sussex, 1836–38
- Brighton railway station, Sussex, 1840
- Croydon railway station, Surrey, 1841 (rebuilt 1894-95)
- Red Hill and Reigate Road railway station, Surrey, 1841 (closed 1844)
- Horley railway station, Surrey (1841, enlarged 1862, demolished 1960's)
- Three Bridges railway station, Sussex, 1841 (enlarged 1855 and 1906–09)
- Haywards Heath railway station, Sussex, 1841, (rebuilt 1933)
- Hassocks or Ditchling Gate railway station, Sussex, 1841, (demolished 1880)
- Pavilions & balustrade on the Ouse Valley Viaduct, Sussex, 1841–42
- Brodie, 2001, page 194
- Kadish, 2002
- Brighton & Hove Museums, The Royal Pavilion, Libraries & Museums Collections
- Jamilly, Edward. "Anglo-Jewish Architects and Architecture in the 18th and 19th Centuries" (Paper read before the Jewish Historical Society of England on 8 March 1954).
Sources and further reading
- Brodie, Antonia (2001). Directory of British Architects 1834-1914, L-Z. London & New York: Continuum. p. 194. ISBN 0-8264-5514-X.
- Colvin, H.M. (1997). A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840. New Haven: Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-07207-4.
- Kadish, Sharman (2002). "Construction Identity; Anglo Jewry and Synagogue Architecture". Architectural History 45: 386–408.
- Journal of Transport History 3: 149–157. 1958.
- Transactions of the Jewish Historical Society of England 18: 134. 1954.