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Banister Flight Fletcher (1866-1953)

Gilette factory by night

Designer: Fletcher, Sir Banister Flight (1866-1953)
Copyright: Sydney W. Newbery/RIBA British Architectural Library Photographs Collection (1937)

Banister Flight Fletcher followed in his father’s footsteps as an architect and architectural historian. Together they co-wrote 'A History of Architecture on the Comparative Method', published in 1896 as the first single volume. Today, this book is recognised as the authoritative text and is in its 20th volume.


Fletcher was educated at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris and went to join his father in practice from 1884. His early work included 111-25 Oxford Street, London (1887), part of King's College School, Wimbledon (1899), and the former Westminster Bank in Hythe, Kent (1912).


His post-war work includes the monumental Gillette Factory, Osterley (1936–7), mentioned by Pevsner as ‘incongruous, timidly modernistic grandeur’, and the extensions to Mordern College, Blackheath (1933).


Fletcher also furthered the profession by giving generously to the RIBA, establishing a post in the library, and was President of the RIBA in the late 1920s. He was also knighted in 1919.


Fletcher was unsuccessfully nominated for the Royal Gold Medal 10 times.