M296 Competition design for the National Museum of Wales, CardiffAddress: Cathays Park, Cardiff
Client: National Museum Council
In August 1909 a major competition was announced for a new National Museum to be built in Cathays Park, Cardiff. The assessors were Sir Aston Webb, J. J. Burnet, Edwin T. Hall and Dr William Evans Hoyle. 1 Over 300 designs were received by the closing date of 31 January 1910. The winning design, by Smith & Brewer, London, was an imposing Beaux-Arts inspired scheme, projected to cost £250,000.
Authorship: Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh appear to have submitted a design. A cashbook entry on 7 October 1909 notes a payment of two guineas for 'Cardiff Museum', the fee to enter the competition; and there is a further payment on 18 February 1910 of four guineas to 'Wylie Perspective Cardiff'. There is no evidence to connect Mackintosh with the design. 2
1: British Architect, 72, 27 August 1909, p. viii.
2: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: John Honeyman & Keppie / Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh / Keppie Henderson cash book, 1889-1917, GLAHA 53079, pp. 128 and 132.