Oliver Hill (architect)

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The Midland Hotel, Morecambe

Oliver Falvey Hill (15 June 1887 – 29 April 1968)[1] was a British architect, landscape architect, and garden designer.

Life and work[edit]

Following the suggestion of Sir Edwin Lutyens, Hill's first step towards architecture was to gain experience as a builder. He later worked under architect William Flockhart.[1] His early garden designs were in the Arts and Crafts style but he turned towards modernism in the 1930s, favouring curved lines.[2]

Hill designed the British pavilion at the Paris Exposition of 1937.

He was a Fellow of the Institute of Landscape Architects and enjoyed a reputation as a country house designer.

Hill blamed Adolf Hitler for ending his career, as his post-war career consisted of many designs but few built works. His designs covered a wide array of styles and his last house built in 1963, the Priory at Long Newton, harked back to the 17th century.[2]

In 1953 he married Margaret Jeanette Beverley; they had no children.[1]


  • Moor Close, Binfeld, Berks (alterations 1910–13)
  • Cour, Kintyre, Argyll (1922)
  • Exhibition stands for Moorcroft, Wedgwood and Pilkingtons/Twyford at the British Empire Exhibition, Wembley (1924)
  • Woodhouse Copse, Holmbury St Mary, Surrey (1926)
  • 40 and 41 Chelsea Square, London SW3 (1930)
  • The Midland Hotel in Morecambe, Lancashire.[3] (1932)
  • Joldwynds, Holmbury St Mary, Surrey (1932)
  • Landfall, Poole, Dorset (1936–38)
  • First School, Methley Road, Castleford (1939–40)
  • The Priory, Long Newnton, Tetbury (1963)


  1. ^ a b c Powers, Alan. "Hill, Oliver Falvey". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/37545.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ a b Giles Worsley (27 July 2002). "Master builder: Oliver Hill". The Telegraph. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  3. ^ Weaver L 1925, Exhibitions and the Arts of Display, Country Life Limited London

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