Fripp, Robert Mackay (1858-1917)

Robert MacKay Fripp - City of Vancouver Archives - Port P552

Robert MacKay Fripp – City of Vancouver Archives – Port P552

Source: Birth registration of Alice Marion Fripp, Registration Number: 1888-09-115538: http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=fa3ba07c-2959-4d7c-a137-a682b6a98cdc

Source: Birth registration of Alice Marion Fripp, Registration Number: 1888-09-115538: http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=fa3ba07c-2959-4d7c-a137-a682b6a98cdc

Robert Mackay Fripp was an architect who lived at 2061 Beach Avenue from 1910 to 1914.

His wife, Christina, lived at 1054 Denman Street in 1919.

Mrs R MacKay Fripp - President Women's Canadian Club - Vancouver City Archives - Port P1404

Mrs R MacKay Fripp – President Women’s Canadian Club – Vancouver City Archives – Port P1404

Robert Mackay Fripp was born in Clifton, Gloucestershire, near Bristol, on December 16, 1858. His father was George Arthur Fripp (1813-1896), who was a well-known painter in England. Robert’s mother was Mary Percival (1825-1887). Thomas William Fripp (1864-1931) was Robert’s brother, and was a successful artist and photographer in British Columbia.

Robert’s early schooling was at Belsize Manor and Lancing College in England. In 1874, he began to study architecture. He was articled to J.S. Dodd, an architect in Reading, Berkshire for three years. Then he studied at the Kensington Art School and the British Museum, and worked with Sir Horace Jones, who was an architect for the City of London.

In 1880, Robert went to Australia, and worked in various offices in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. In 1881, he moved to New Zealand, and by 1884, he was practicing as an architect in Auckland, New Zealand. While he was living in Auckland, he married Christina Nichol on Feb. 27, 1887. He carried on an architectural practice in New Zealand until 1888, until an economic downturn caused a drop in the need for architects. He travelled to North America, and arrived in Vancouver in 1888.

He stayed in Vancouver until about 1896, when he went back to New Zealand, but only for about two years. By 1898, he was back in Vancouver. From 1901 to 1908, he travelled and worked, mostly in England and California. By 1908, he was back in Vancouver, where he stayed until he died on December 16, 1917.

He was interested in a great variety of issues relating to art, architecture, civic pride, and society in general. He tended to have strong opinions, which sometimes led to difficult relations with artists, architects, and other professionals. He was also active in many sports, including cricket, rowing, shooting, and football.

He made several allegiances with professional associations. In 1901, he became a fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, but he later resigned. In 1906, he became a certified architect in California. In 1910, he was made a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was the president of the Canadian Handicrafts Guild in Vancouver, and was the vice-president of the Arts Historical and Scientific Association.

He designed a wide variety of houses, as well as many larger projects, including the Provincial Home for Old Men in Kamloops, British Columbia.

Provincial Home for Old Men - Kamloops, British Columbia - Robert Mackay Fripp; postcard; https://www.flickr.com/photos/45379817@N08/11344496334/in/photostream/

Provincial Home for Old Men – Kamloops, British Columbia – Robert Mackay Fripp; postcard; https://www.flickr.com/photos/45379817@N08/11344496334/in/photostream/

Unfortunately, although some of his buildings still exist, many were demolished, and they now live on only as drawings and photographs.

From time to time there have been debates about his architectural skills. He had good training and a broad experience in England, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States. He isn’t as well-known as other Vancouver architects from his era, such as Samuel MacLure, Thomas Fee, and William Tuff Whiteway, and this is unfortunate, because he made a significant contribution to Vancouver’s cityscape.

Christina Fripp died in Santa Monica, California on March 9, 1923.

Robert and Christina had five children, all of whom were born in Vancouver.

Alice Marion Fripp

Alice Marion Fripp was born in Vancouver on May 19, 1888. She did not marry. She died in New Westminster, British Columbia on October 19, 1928, and was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

Robert Arthur William Fripp

Robert Arthur William Fripp was born in Vancouver on May 16, 1889. He died on August 6, 1889, and was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

Dorothy (or Dorothea) Fripp

Dorothea Fripp was born in Vancouver on April 27, 1890. She married Frank Bellamy in 1919. He had served in the First World War, and he died later in 1919 from war wounds. He was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver. In 1920, Dorothy was staying in California with Frank Dukinfield Jones and his wife Mona Beryl (née Perry). Dorothy Bellamy died on April 1, 1938. She is buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

George Mackay Fripp

George Mackay Fripp was born in Vancouver on August 25, 1891. He did not marry. He enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in the First World War, and he died in France on April 17, 1917.

Clifford Russell Fripp

Clifford Russell Fripp was born in Vancouver on July 23, 1899. On January 14, 1925, in Vancouver, he married Rosalie Marion Morris. She was born in Vancouver on October 11, 1892. Her father was Maxmilian Patricio Morris (1862 (or 1864)-19–), who ran a business in Vancouver, and who was the Vancouver consul for Chile; her mother was Leah Harris (1870-19–).

Clifford died in Vancouver on April 22, 1942, was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

After Clifford died, Rosalie acted as the president of M.P. Morris Ltd. By 1954, Rosalie was married to Cyril Harry North, who was an export manager dealing in British Textiles. Cyril was born in London, England on May 18, 1888. He died in North Vancouver, British Columbia on November 18, 1970. Rosalie died in North Vancouver, British Columbia on August 21, 1984, and was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

Sources

George Arthur Fripp (Father of Robert Mackay Fripp)

George Arthur Fripp, Wikipedia article, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Arthur_Fripp.

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/J91V-YBJ : accessed 12 Jun 2013), George Arthur Fripp, 1813.

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NN28-W2G : accessed 12 Jun 2013), Geo. Arthur Fripp, 19 Jul 1813.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JDZ6-KLJ : accessed 12 Jun 2013), George Arthur Fripp in entry for Thomas William Fripp and Gertrude Maude Muriel, 1897.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLVG-JPV : accessed 12 Jun 2013), George Arthur Fripp in entry for Thomas William Fripp, 1931.

Mary Percival (Mother of Robert Mackay Fripp)

Mary Percival (1825-1887), Family Search Community Trees, http://histfam.familysearch.org/getperson.php?personID=I49218&tree=Nixon

Robert Mackay Fripp

Although he often called himself “R. Mackay Fripp,” I have called him “Robert” to distinguish him from other members of the family who also had “Mackay” as part of their name.

“Robert Mackay Fripp,” Howay and Scholefield, British Columbia from the Earliest Times to the Present, Vol 3, pages 291-292; http://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf00schouoft#page/291/mode/1uphttp://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf00schouoft#page/292/mode/1up.

“Fripp, Robert Mackay,” Who’s Who in Western Canada, 1911, pages 179-180; http://www.ourroots.ca/e/page.aspx?id=643173; http://www.ourroots.ca/e/page.aspx?id=643174

“R. Mackay Fripp,” Vancouver Daily World, Souvenir Edition, [1891], page 22, http://archive.org/stream/cihm_16312#page/n48/mode/1up

“Robert Mackay Fripp,” Donald Luxton, Building the West, Vancouver, Talonbooks, 2003, pages 158-162; page 504.

Edward Mills, “The Buildings of Samuel Maclure: In Search of Appropriate Form: Book Review,” society for the Study of Architecture in Canada Bulletin (June 1990), Volume 15, No. 2, pages 52-53. Page 53 includes an outline of Robert Mackay Fripp’s architectural background.

The Arts & Crafts Tradition in Vancouver, [Exhibition Catalogue], Cartwright Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, July 24-September 14, 1986, page 8. [Reference to R. MacKay Fripp, who was critical of the builder-speculator pattern book houses and the lack of much cultural sophistication that he found in Vancouver. In 1900, with others, he established the Arts & Crafts Association to “encourage artistic feeling and knowledge and to bring the designer and the workman or craftsman into close relationship.” It failed to generate much interest.]

“For Indigent, Aged and Infirm Persons: The Provincial Home for Old Men,” [Undated. Refers to events up to 1975.]; http://www.kamloops.ca/museum/archives/pdfs/N673%20-%20The%20Provincial%20Home%20for%20Old%20Men.pdf.

“Robert Mackay Fripp,” Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950, http://www.dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/architects/view/1577.

1901 Census of Canada Page Information, BC, Burrard (#1), Vancouver City, D-2, Page 8, family 82, lines 16-21, Robert Fripp, http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=36133&highlight=16&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Robert+Fripp

1911 Census of Canada, British Columbia, Vancouver, 3 Vancouver City, page 10, family 104, lines 23-28, R W [sic] Fripp, http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63744&highlight=23&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+R++W+Fripp

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLK8-36B : accessed 08 Aug 2013), Robert Mackay Fripp, 1917.

Robert Mackay Fripp, death notice, Vancouver Province, December 17, 1917, page 21: “Fripp – Robert Mackay, at the residence, 2056 Fourth avenue east, December 16, 1917. Funeral from residence, 2 p.m. Tuesday, 18th.”

“R. Mackay Fripp Dies: Well-known Architect Passes Away Quite Suddenly Sunday,” Vancouver Province, December 17, 1917, page 7: “Mr. R. Mackay Fripp, F.R.I.B.A., the well-known local architect, died at his residence, 2056 Fourth avenue east, on Sunday morning. Mr. Fripp came to Vancouver just after the fire and had entrusted to his care the preparation of plans for many of the larger buildings and residences of the city. He was also a prominent sportsman, and took a great interest in football, rowing and shooting. He was one of the pioneer members of the Rowing Club.

Mr. Fripp was regarded as an authority on architectural metters, and was frequently heard on public platforms on this and kindred subjects. He is survived by his widow, one son and two daughters. His other son, Pte. George Fripp, was killed recently in France, having gone overseas with the 11th C.M.R.’s.

The funeral is to be held from the family residence on Tuesday at 2 p.m.

A brother, Mr. T.W. Fripp, is a prominent artist of Mission City, another brother was a war artist, while the father was a noted artist of the Royal Academy in London.

One of the buildings designed by the late Mr. Mackay Fripp, which occasioned a good deal of admiring comment when it was erected years ago, is the structure containing O’Brien Hall, at the corner of Homer and Hastings streets. Mr. Fripp took a lively interest in the election, and the day before his sudden death sent a letter to The Province on the political issues of the day.”

O'Brien Hall - Southeast corner of Homer Street and Hastings Street - Vancouver City Archives Bu N135 - Photo May 3 1940

O’Brien Hall – Southeast corner of Homer Street and Hastings Street – Vancouver City Archives Bu N135 – Photo May 3 1940

Christina Fripp (née Nichol) (Wife of Robert Mackay Fripp)

Vancouver Province, March 12, 1923, page 17: “Fripp: Died at Santa Monica, California, on the 9th instant, Mrs. R.M. Fripp, widow of the late R.M. Fripp of this city. Interment in California.”

Alice Marion Fripp

“British Columbia Birth Registrations, 1854-1903,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JDZK-Z2G : accessed 07 Aug 2013), Alice Marion Fripp, 1888.

British Columbia Birth Registrations, Registration Number: 1888-09-115538, Alice Marion Fripp, http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=fa3ba07c-2959-4d7c-a137-a682b6a98cdc.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL2F-V9D : accessed 08 Aug 2013), Alice Marion Fripp, 1928.

British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1928-09-404862, Alice Marion Fripp.

Alice M. Fripp, Find a Grave, Mountain View Cemetery and Crematorium , Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Plot: OLD/2/02/002/0009; http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=fripp&GSfn=alice&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=26304185&df=all&

Robert Arthur William Fripp

British Columbia Birth Registrations, Registration Number: 1889-09-115545, Robert Arthur William Fripp.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL26-YQ3 : accessed 07 Aug 2013), Robert Arthur William Fripp, 1889.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL26-YQ7 : accessed 07 Aug 2013), Robert Arthur William Fripp, 1889.

R.A.W. Fripp, Find a Grave, Mountain View Cemetery and Crematorium, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Plot: OLD/2/02/002/0009, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=fripp&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GScntry=10&GSob=n&GRid=26264312&df=all&

Dorothy (or Dorothea) Fripp

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JDZP-8LR : accessed 07 Aug 2013), Frank Bellamy and Dorothy Fripp, 1919.

British Columbia Marriage Registrations, Registration Number: 1919-09-200280, http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=1ac94808-efa2-4e6f-8085-d7c3cc56303e

“Frank Bellamy,” Regimental number: 29077, Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 626 – 55, Date of Birth: 11/1889, http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/cef/001042-119.01-e.php?&id_nbr=36754&interval=20&&PHPSESSID=cb5gb728e0ip3lvaju7h0s71p3; http://data2.archives.ca/cef/well2/234972a.gif; http://data2.archives.ca/cef/well2/234972b.gif

Canadian Virtual War Memorial, In memory of Sergeant Frank Bellamy who died on December 2, 1919, http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/collections/virtualmem/Detail/420682?FRANK%20BELLAMY

Frank Bellamy, Find a Grave, Mountain View Cemetery and Crematorium, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery and Crematorium, Plot: JONES/*/45/016/0007, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=bellamy&GSfn=frank&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=26260936&df=all&

“United States Census, 1920,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MHQJ-3RT : accessed 07 Aug 2013), Dorothy Bellamy in entry for Frank D Jones, 1920.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JD8P-62V : accessed 07 Aug 2013), Frank Dukinfield Jones and Mona Beryl Perry, 1913.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLGR-55Y : accessed 07 Aug 2013), Dorothy Bellamy, 1938.

British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1938-09-541767, Dorothy Bellamy.

Dorothy Bellamy, Find a Grave, Mountain View Cemetery and Crematorium, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery and Crematorium, Plot: OLD/2/02/002/0011, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=bellamy&GSfn=dorothy&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=26264314&df=all&

George Mackay Fripp

British Columbia Birth Registrations, Registration Number: 1891-09-115555, George Mackay Fripp, http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=2e570ff3-6b14-4c99-9bcf-a57b5d709626

Soldiers of the First World War, Canadian Expeditionary Force, George Mackay Fripp; Regimental Number: 116093; Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 3316 – 8; Date of Birth: 25/08/1891, http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/cef/001042-119.01-e.php?&id_nbr=400804&interval=20&&PHPSESSID=u31ltk2heujrfmpn2l5s4e0ue6; http://data2.archives.ca/cef/gpc004/337444a.gif; http://data2.archives.ca/cef/gpc004/337444b.gif

Canadian Great War Project, Private George Mackay Fripp , Died: April 17, 1917, http://www.canadiangreatwarproject.com/searches/soldierDetail.asp?Id=31461

Canadian Virtual War Memorial, Private George Mackay Fripp, who died on April 17, 1917, http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/collections/virtualmem/Detail/497191

Commonwealth War Graves Commission, G. Fripp, http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/497191/FRIPP,%20G

“Native Son Killed: Pte. Charles [sic] MacKay Fripp Dies of Wounds Received in Action,” Vancouver Province, April 21, 1917, page 22: “Mr. and Mrs. R. MacKay Fripp, 2056 Fourth avenue east, received a cable this morning notifying them of the death of their son, Pte. Charles [sic] MacKay Fripp, in a French hospital, following gunshot wounds received in action. Pte. Fripp was a native son of Vancouver and was in his 25th year. Before going overseas he was associated with his father, who is a well-known architect of the city. He was a member of the Rowing Club and a favourite with a large circle of young men of the city. His parents have the sympathy of many friends in their bereavement.”

Clifford Russell Fripp

British Columbia Birth Registrations, Registration Number: 1899-09-119086, Unknown Fripp; Date: 1899/07/23.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JD8R-VKW : accessed 08 Aug 2013), Clifford Russel Fripp and Rosalie Marion Morris, 1925.

British Columbia Marriage Registrations, Registration Number: 1925-09-289455; Clifford Russel Fripp and Rosalie Marion Morris, http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=c717227b-901a-4fdb-bdf7-3baa265e2733; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=2bdf6467-840f-45a6-bf56-5b0a9b911d64

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLR5-S8P : accessed 08 Aug 2013), Clifford Russell Fripp, 1942.

British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1942-09-605645, Clifford Russell Fripp.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLYK-37V : accessed 08 Aug 2013), Rosalie Fripp in entry for Cyril Harry North, 1970.

British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1970-09-015576, Cyril Harry North, http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=ac0ba86c-519e-448b-8cef-ffda995de019

Harry Cyril, Find a Grave, Mountain View Cemetery and Crematorium, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Plot: OLD/2/02/002/0011, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=cyril&GSfn=harry&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=26372932&df=all& [Note: this is probably Harry Cyril North: the burial plot is in the same group as the rest of the Fripp family plots.]

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FGMM-XPL : accessed 08 Aug 2013), Rosalie Marion North, 1984.

British Columbia Death Registrations , Registration Number: 1984-09-014046, Rosalie Marion North, http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=b094a02e-9377-4324-88a5-bb82541969e1

Rosalie Marion North, Find a Grave, Mountain View Cemetery and Crematorium, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Plot: OLD/2/02/002/0012, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=north&GSfn=rosalie&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=26372933&df=all&.

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