Vincent Harris

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Vincent Harris
Born(1876-06-26)26 June 1876
Died1 August 1971(1971-08-01) (aged 95)
NationalityUnited Kingdom
BuildingsManchester Central Library (1934)
Sheffield City Hall (1932)
Leeds Civic Hall (1933)
ProjectsManchester Town Hall Extension (1938)

Emanuel Vincent Harris OBE RA (26 June 1876 – 1 August 1971), often known as E. Vincent Harris, was an English architect who designed several important public buildings.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Devonport, Devon and educated at Kingsbridge Grammar School. He was articled to the Plymouth architect James Harvey in 1893;[1] in 1897 he moved to London, where he assisted E. Keynes Purchase, Leonard Stokes and Sir William Emerson.[1] From 1901 to 1907 he worked for the London County Council before setting up in private practice.


He was primarily a classicist; A. Stuart Gray wrote: "Some of his buildings suggest the influence of Sir Edwin Lutyens, but are bolder, balder, and less subtle or more frank depending on ones point of view."[1] His work was often criticised by modernist architects. In his acceptance speech when he was awarded the RIBA Royal Gold Medal in 1951[2] Harris is reported to have said: "Look, a lot of you here tonight don't like what I do and I don't like what a lot of you do ...".[1]

He became an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1942. He died in Bath in 1971 and is buried in the village of Chaffcombe, Somerset.

Important works[edit]

Gallery of works[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Julian Holder (2007), Emanuel Vincent Harris and the survival of classicism in inter-war Manchester, in: Clare Hartwell & Terry Wyke (editors), Making Manchester, Lancashire & Cheshire Antiquarian Society, ISBN 978-0-900942-01-3
  2. ^ Allinson, Kenneth. (2008). Architects and Architecture of London. Oxford: Elsevier. p. 294. ISBN 9780750683371.
  3. ^ "History of City Hall - formerly known as the Council House". Bristol City Council. Archived from the original on 13 April 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2015.

Further reading[edit]

  • Gray, A. Stewart (1985). Edwardian Architecture: a biographical dictionary. Duckworth. ISBN 0-7156-1012-0.
  • Reilly, Charles (1929). "E. Vincent Harris". Building. 4 (9): 393.