Wallis, Gilbert and Partners

Wallis, Gilbert and Partners was a British architectural partnership responsible for the design of many Art Deco buildings in the UK in the 1920s and 1930s.

Hoover Factory, Western Avenue, Perivale

The partnership was established by Thomas Wallis in 1916. Wallis had previously served with Sir Frank Baines in the Office of Works.

The identity of Gilbert has not been established, and it is unlikely that a Gilbert ever worked at the partnership.[1][2] Architects who did worked in partnership with the firm included James Warne and Harry Beken; later partners included Frederick Button,[3] Douglas Wallis (1901–1968), Agbolahan Adesegun (1935–2008) and J. W. MacGregor (d. 1994).

Notable buildings include the Hoover Factory,[4] the Firestone Tyre Factory, and Abbey Road Studios. Wallis, Gilbert and Partners were responsible for designing nearly a quarter of the industrial buildings studied in one review of factories built in London during the interwar period.[5] The demolition of the Firestone Factory has been credited with the foundation of the Thirties Society, which later became The Twentieth Century Society.[6][7]

The firm also occasionally designed country houses, for instance, Limber and Ripley Grange at Loughton for Charles Frederick Clark, proprietor of the Caribonum group. The partnership was dissolved in 1945.[8]


Tilling-Stevens Building, Maidstone
Former office buildings of The General Electric Company, Birmingham
Pyrene Building, Great West Road, Brentford, Middlesex.
Victoria Coach Station, London

The firm also designed a number of bus garages for London Transport and its predecessors [17] at:-


  1. ^ Skinner, J.S. (1997). "Chapter One: Thomas Wallis and Wallis, Gilbert & Partners". Form & Fancy: Factories & Factory Buildings by Wallis, Gilbert & Partners, 1916-1939.
  2. ^ "DSA Architect Biography Report: Thomas Wallis". Dictionary of Scottish Architects 1660-1980.
  3. ^ Joan S. Skinner (1997). Form and Fancy: Factories and Factory Buildings by Wallis, Gilbert & Partners, 1916-1939. Liverpool University Press. pp. 17–19. ISBN 978-0-85323-612-2. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  4. ^ Modern Age, 1900-2000: A Biographical Dictionary of Western Culture. 2006.
  5. ^ Bolter, Jon (1998). "The Works: Factories in London, 1918-1939. Part 1". AA Files (36): 41–54. ISSN 0261-6823.
  6. ^ Cavendish, Richard (1993). "Twentieth Century Society". History Today. 43.
  7. ^ Powers, A; Stamp, G (2004). "The Twentieth Century Society: A Brief History". Twentieth Century Architecture 7: The Heroic Period of Conservation.
  8. ^ "Notice". The London Gazette. No. 37436. 18 January 1946. p. 540.
  9. ^ Historic England. "Former Tilling-Stevens Factory (1408072)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  10. ^ Historic England. "GEC Birmingham (1234517)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 12 May 2007.
  11. ^ Ryan, Kevin; Kehew, Brian (2008). Recording the Beatles. Houston, Tex: Curvebender. pp. 15–16. ISBN 978-0-9785200-0-7.
  12. ^ Daimler Hire Garage (Courtauld Institute of Art).
  13. ^ Historic England, entry 1270424.
  14. ^ "Former Hawker Siddeley site set for transformation".
  15. ^ Wallis House (Art of the State).
  16. ^ Historic England. "Richard Klinger Factory (1387704)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  17. ^ Glazier, K (2006): London Transport Garages, Harrow Weald, Capital Transport Publishing
  18. ^ Peckham Bus station (Alternative Future Peckham).

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