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Biographical entry Webb, Charles (1821 - 1898)

Born
26 November 1821
Sudbury, Suffolk, England
Died
23 January 1898
Brighton, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Architect

Summary

Charles Webb (1821-1898) 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.

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

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