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|E Vincent Harris|
26 June 1876|
|Died||1 August 1971(aged 95)|
|Buildings||Manchester Central Library (1934)
Sheffield City Hall (1932)
Leeds Civic Hall (1933)
|Projects||Manchester Town Hall Extension (1938)|
He was born in Devonport, Devon and educated at Kingsbridge Grammar School. He was articled to the Plymouth architect James Harvey in 1893; in 1897 he moved to London, where he assisted E. Keynes Purchase, Leonard Stokes and Sir William Emerson. 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." His work was often criticised by modernist architects. In his acceptance speech when he was awarded the RIBA Royal Gold Medal in 1951 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 ...".
- University of Exeter Streatham Campus: site plan; Washington Singer Building (1931); Mardon Hall (1933); Roborough Library (1938); Mary Harris Memorial Chapel of the Holy Trinity (1958)
- Board of Trade, Whitehall, London (competition 1914)
- Glamorgan County Hall, Cardiff (competition 1908 opened 1912)
- Duke Street art gallery, London (1910–12)
- Sheffield City Hall (competition 1920 opened 1932)
- Nottinghamshire County Hall (competition 1925 construction 1939–1954)
- Atkinsons Building, Old Bond Street, London (1926)
- Braintree Town Hall 1928
- Leeds Civic Hall (competition 1926 built 1931–33)
- Manchester Central Library (competition 1927 built 1930–34)
- Sugworth Hall, Sheffield, (Tower and battlements) c.1930
- Somerset County Hall, Taunton (1932)
- Manchester Town Hall Extension (competition 1927 built 1934–38)
- County Hall, Chelmsford (Council chamber & foyer)
- Bristol Council House (1938–56) (Renamed City Hall in November 2012)
- Fergusson building, St Mary's College, Durham (1950s)
- Kensington Central Library, Kensington, London (1958–60)
Gallery of works
Ministry of Defence, Main Building, Whitehall, London
Sheffield City Hall (1920–34)
Leeds Civic Hall (1931–33)
Manchester Central Library (1930–34)
Council House, Bristol (1938–56)
- 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
- Allinson, Kenneth. (2008). Architects and Architecture of London. Oxford: Elsevier. p. 294. ISBN 9780750683371.
- "History of City Hall - formerly known as the Council House". Bristol City Council. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
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- 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.