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Webb, Charles (1821 - 1898)

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Born: 26 November 1821  Sudbury, Suffolk, England.  Died: 23 January 1898  Brighton, Victoria, Australia.
Charles Webb was one of Victoria's leading architects during the 1800s. Together with his brother James, he designed a number of churches, many warehouses and private homes. In 1854 James returned to England so Charles went into business with Thomas Taylor and over the next four years they designed more significant landmark buildings including the Melbourne Church of England Grammar School (now Melbourne Grammar). From 1858 Webb ran a solo practice designing Wesley College, Royal Arcade, the Windsor Hotel and many other significant buildings. Charles Webb was a founding member of the Victorian Institute of Architects.

Career Highlights

1847Secretary of the London Architectural Students' Society
1849Migrated to Australia (Melbourne)
1849 - 1854Architect and Surveyor practice established with his brother James
1850Commenced the design and construction of St Paul's Church (now the site of St Paul's Cathedral) on the corner of Swanston and Flinders Streets
1854 - 1858Architect partnership with Thomas Taylor
1855Commissioned to design the Melbourne Church of England Grammer School
1856 - Founding member of the Victorian Institute of Architects
1858 - 1888Solo architect practice
1860Joined the Brighton Volunteer Rifle Corps
1864Designed Wesley College, Melbourne
1869Designed the Alfred Hospital (Prahran) and the Royal Arcade in Swanston St, Melbourne
1875Co-founder of the Boating Club (now the Royal Brighton Yacht Club)
1878Designed the South Melbourne Town Hall and the Melbourne Orphan Asylum
1882 - 1883President of the Victorian Institute of Architects
1884Designed the Grand Hotel in Spring Street (now the Windsor Hotel)
c. 1889 - Set up a practice with two of his sons

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Structure based on ISAAR(CPF) - click here for an explanation of the fields.Prepared by: Annette Alafaci
Created: 20 October 1993
Modified: 24 July 2006

Published by The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre on ASAPWeb, 1994 - 2007
Originally published 1994-1999 by Australian Science Archives Project, 1999-2006 by the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
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