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HARVEY LONSDALE ELMES (1813-1847)

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Originally appearing in Volume V09, Page 296 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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HARVEY LONSDALE ELMES (1813-1847), British architect, son of James Elmes (q.v.), was born at Chichester in 1813. After serving some time in his father's office, and under a surveyor at Bedford and an architect at Bath, he became partner with his father in 1835, and in the following year he was successful among 86 competitors for a design for St George's Hall, Liverpool. The foundation stone of this building was laid on the 28th of June 1838, but, Elmes being successful in a competition for the Assize Courts in the same city, it was finally decided to include the hall and courts in a single building. In accordance with this idea, Elmes prepared a fresh design, and the work of erection commenced in 1841. He superintended its progress till 1847, when from failing health he was compelled to delegate his duties to Charles Robert Cockerell, and leave for Jamaica, where he died of consumption on the 26th of November 1847.
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There are a number of errors in this article. 1.Elmes was born in February 1814. 2.For the competition for the Concert Hall in 1839, there were 75 entries. 3.For the competition for the Assize Courts in 1840, there were 86 entries. 4.Building work commenced in April 1842. 5.After Elmes death in 1847 the work was supervised by John Weightman and Robert Rawlinson. 6.Charles Robery Cockerell was not appointed to complete the building until 1851.
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