William Alfred Pite Design for King’s College Hospital London


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William Alfred Pite (1860-1949)

King`s College Hospital, Denmark Hill general bird`s-eye view (1913)

Initialled H.M.F., signed and titled by William A. Pite F.R.I.B.A. (1860-1949), lower right, on board support with R.I.B.A. `Exhibition of Contemporary British Architecture` label, and architect`s label both mounted on verso

Watercolour over pencil

46 x 92cm (26.25 x 18 inches)

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Pite was a travelling student of the Architectural Association.  Pite’s brother Arthur Beresford Pite was also an architect.  Pite built All Saints Church Ealing and the Medical School at Aberdeen University.  In 1919 Pite took his son and Fairweather (the draughtsman of this drawing) into partnership with him.  The present drawing relates to the 1909 new King’s College Hospital.  Originally a 120-bed hospital, on a site near Lincoln’s Inn Fields, opened in 1840 and within two years it was overwhelmed, with two patients often forced to share a single bed.  Following demographic changes, a decision was taken to move the hospital to the open spaces of Denmark Hill.  Following an Act of Parliament in 1904, the foundation stone for Pite’s design was laid in 1909.  Pite wrote ‘The whole of its great ward blocks face Ruskin Park, so munificently secured by the Camberwell authorities, and practically open country – a magnificent position which no other London hospital possesses.’  (British Medical Journal 29th July 1905.)  This open country is clearly shown in this impressive drawing.

Hubert Moore Faireweather (1881-1950). Born in Esher, in Surrey, he was articled to Arthur Smyth Flower between 1897 and 1899 and then became assistant to William Douglas Caröe and subsequently Walter Henry Brierley. In 1906 he joined Pite, being taken into the partnership in 1919.

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