Spurgin, Karl Branwhite

SPURGIN, Karl Branwhite (1877-1936) was born in Maryport, Cumberland, Engl. on 17 April 1877 and entered the office of J. Walton Taylor, FRIBA at Newcastle-on-Tyne in May 1894 to serve a five year apprenticeship. He worked briefly for L.H. Armour, a civil engineeer at Gateshead-on-Tyne, then joined theBritish Army in 1899 and served in South Africa during the Boer War. After returning to England he rejoined Armour, then commenced his own architectural practice in Newcastle-on-Tyne in 1903. In 1905 he received a bronze medal for his design of a pair of houses erected at the new garden city development of Walker-on-Tyne. In early 1911 Spurgin emigrated to Canada and settled at Victoria, B.C. where he took a position as draftsman and outside superintendent with H.S. Griffith. In early 1912 he opened his own office in Victoria and in 1914 formed a partnership with W.J. Wilkins. In June 1915 he left Victoria and joined Canadian Expeditionary Forces overseas where he served in France, Belgium and Germany during WWI. After returning to Victoria in 1919 he practiced under his own name and, when required, he associated himself with other Victoria architects including P.L. James and J.G. Johnson. In late 1928 he established a formal partnership with Dutch-born architect William J. Semeyn, but this arrangement was short-lived and by 1931 Spurgin was again working alone or in collaboration with others. He died in Victoria on 27 November 1936 (obit. Victoria Daily Times, 28 Nov. 1936, 15; Daily Colonist [Victoria], 28 Nov. 1936, 1 & 8; R.A.I.C. Journal, xiv, Jan. 1937, 18; biog. and list of works in Contract Record [Toronto], xlii, 28 Nov. 1928, 1249; inf. Architectural Inst. Of British Columbia; R.I.B.A., Directory of British Architects 1834-1914, 2001, ii, 677-8; D. Luxton, Building the West: The Early Architects of British Columbia, 2003, 392-3, 519).

K.B. SPURGIN

NEWCASTLE-ON-TYNE, ENGL., St. Monica's Anglican Church, Wingrove Road, parish hall and Sunday School, 1905 (Builder [London], lxxx, 24 June 1905, 688, descrip.; Building News [London], xci, 3 Aug. 1906, 147, descrip.; 166, plate illus.)
NEWCASTLE-ON-TYNE, ENGL., villa for Thomas Todd, Grainger Park Road, 1905-06 (Building News [London], xc, 23 Feb. 1906, 277, descrip. & plate illus.)
CRAMLINGTON-ON-TYNE, ENGL., public schools for the County Council, c. 1905 (inf. R.I.B.A.)
HEXHAM-ON-TYNE, ENGL., Presbyterian Church and Sunday School, c. 1905 (inf. R.I.B.A.)
SUNNISIDE, ENGL., Primitive Methodist Church, near Whickham, c. 1905 (inf. R.I.B.A.)
WALKER-ON-TYNE, ENGL., fifteen pairs of cottages, c. 1905 (inf. R.I.B.A.)

SPURGIN & WILKINS

(works in Victoria unless noted)

OAK BAY, residence for the architect, Island Road, 1912 (S. Stark, Oak Bay's Heritage Buildings, 1986, 64, illus.)
HOLLYWOOD SCHOOL (later Margaret Jenkins School), Fairfield Road, 1914 (Pacific Coast Architect [San Francisco], vii, March 1914; Victoria Heritage Foundation, This Old House: Victoria's Heritage Neighbourhoods, Vol. 4, 2009, 169-70, illus. & descrip.)

K.P. SPURGIN

HOLDEN BUILDING, Fort Street near Quadra Street, c. 1920 (dwgs. BCPA, SPU A.P. 1)
SAANICH, B.C., residence for Hector Cowper, 1920 (Donald Luxton & Jennifer Barr, Saanich Heritage Structures, 2008, 189, illus. & descrip.)
SAANICH, B.C., Saanich War Memorial Health Centre, West Saanich Road, 1920 (Donald Luxton & Jennifer Barr, Saanich Heritage Structures, 2008, 119, illus. & descrip.)
QUADRA PRIMARY SCHOOL, Quadra Street, 1921 (Victoria Heritage Foundation, This Old House: Victoria's Heritage Neighbourhoods, Vol. 3, 2014, 54, illus. & descript.)
OAK BAY, residence for Robert Smith, Transit Road, 1921 (S. Stark, Oak Bay's Heritage Buildings, 1986, 68, illus.)
OAK BAY, clubhouse for Uplands Golf Club, Cadboro Bay Road, 1922 (C.R., xxxvi, 9 Aug. 1922, 793, illus. & descrip.)
LANGFORD, B.C., Anglican Church, 1923 (dwgs. Anglican Diocese Archives, Victoria, PDP 80)
OAK BAY, residence for Charles B. Charlewood, Orchard Avenue, 1927 (S. Stark, Oak Bay's Heritage Buildings, 1986, 55, illus.)
SIDNEY ROOFING CO., on the Industrial Reserve Lands, pulpwood factory, 1927 (C.R., xli, 19 Jan. 1927, 52)
(with J.G. Johnson) PATIO COURT HOUSES, a group of five houses for C. Waldon, San Carlos Avenue, 1927 (S. Stark, Oak Bay's Heritage Buildings, 1986, 35, illus.; M. Segger & D. Franklin, Exploring Victoria's Architecture, 1996, 166, illus.)
OAK BAY, residence for Capt. Laurence Adamson, Beach Drive, 1928 (S. Stark, Oak Bay's Heritage Buildings, 1986, 31, illus.; M. Segger & D. Franklin, Exploring Victoria's Architecture, 1996, 167, illus.)
(with P.L. James) ROYAL JUBILEE HOSPITAL, Fort Street at Davie Street, addition of the East Wing, c. 1926 (list of works in C.R., xli, 28 Nov. 1928, 1249)
HINDU TEMPLE, Topaz Avenue at Blackwood Street, c. 1926 (list of works in C.R., xli, 28 Nov. 1928, 1249)
SAANICH, B.C., residence for the architect, Waterloo Road, 1928 (Donald Luxton & Jennifer Barr, Saanich Heritage Structures, 2008, 175, illus. & descrip.)

SPURGIN & SEMEYN

COWICHAN, B.C., Prince of Wales Fairbridge Farm School, c. 1928 (list of works in obituary, Victoria Daily Times, 28 Nov. 1936, 15)
FAIRFIELD, B.C., United Church, c. 1928 (list of works in C.R., xli, 28 Nov. 1928, 1249)
ST. MATTHAIS ANGLICAN CHURCH, Richmond Avenue at Lillian Street, parish hall, 1928 (dwgs. Anglican Diocese Archives, Victoria, PDP 23)
CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH, Pandora Avenue at Amelia Street, 1929 (Const., xxii, Jan. 1929, 30)
GOOCH ISLAND, near Sidney, B.C., residence for Clarence Barker and G. Draper, 1929 (C.R., xliii, 14 Aug. 1929, 70)
OAK BAY HIGH SCHOOL, Cranmore Road at Cadboro Bay Road, 1929 (C.R., xliii, 6 Feb. 1929, 54)
CARMICHAEL SILVERSMITHS CO., Fort Street, 1929-30 (Victoria Heritage Foundation, This Old House: Victoria's Heritage Neighbourhoods, Vol. 3, 2014, 40, illus. & descript.)

K.B. SPURGIN

(with J.G. Johnson) OAK BAY, commercial block of five stores and apartments, Newport Avenue at Windsor Street, 1932 (S. Stark, Oak Bay's Heritage Buildings, 1986, 54, illus.)
QUALICUM BEACH, B.C., a private Boy's School for I. Knight, 1934-35 (Nanaimo Free Press, 20 Sept. 1934, 3, descrip.; 19 Nov. 1934, 2)
(with Hubert Savage) ESQUIMALT, Royal Canadian Navy Drill Hall & Administration Building at the Naval Barracks, 1935 (C.R., xlix, 14 Aug. 1935, 723; Building in Canada, xviii, Autumn 1938, 19, illus.)