James Walter Chapman-Taylor

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Birthday
24, 1878
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Oct 25, 1958 (80)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
24, 1878
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Oct 25, 1958 (80)

About

Considered one of New Zealand's preeminent architects; credited with bringing the Arts and Crafts Movement to his homeland.

Before Fame

He originally considered farming as his life's ambition, but a stint apprenticing with a neighboring builder led him to design his first structure. He studied in England in 1909 under the tutelage of such architects as C.F.A. Voysey, Baille Scott, and Raymond Unwin.

Trivia

He was also proficient as a builder and furniture designer, as well as in photography and astrology.

Family Life

His first building was a timber house for his farmer parents. He and Mary Gibson wed in 1900.

Associated With

He and Frank Lloyd Wright were contemporaries.