Braunton, Hugh

BRAUNTON, Hugh (1871-1945) was active in Vancouver, B.C. where he first practised under his own name, and later in partnership with John Grant Leibert (1887- ). The firm was remarkably prolific for a brief period in 1912-13 and made a specialty of designing rooming houses and apartment blocks executed in an Edwardian or classical style. By 1915 they had relocated to Seattle, Wash. (City of Seattle Directory, 1915, 433). Unable to find work in the economic downturn in the Pacific Northwest, they moved again, this time to El Paso, Texas where the firm flourished, and the name of Braunton & Leibert can be linked to dozens of major buildings in that city from 1916 to 1939. A list of some of their projects in Texas is included in this entry below (inf. D. Luxton, Building the West: The Early Architects of British Columbia, 2003, 455, 494).
Braunton was born in London, England on 23 May 1871 and brought to the United States as an infant in late 1871. By 1890 he was recorded as a contractor in Stockton, Calif. and his name appears there in 1899 as "carpenter & builder" (Stockton City Directory, 1898-99, 356). He later moved to Vancouver, B.C. where he lived and worked as an architect for at least 8 years before moving to Seattle, then to Texas. He died in Orange County, Calif. on 9 November 1945.

H. BRAUNTON

GRAND HOTEL, Water Street, 1905 (dwgs. Vancouver City Archives)
MAIN STREET, stores and apartments for an unnamed client, 1911 (C.R., xxv, 8 Nov. 1911, 64; dwgs. Vancouver City Archives)
EAST CORDOVA STREET, apartment block for F. McElroy, 1911-12 (C.R., xxv, 29 Nov. 1911, 64)
SEYMOUR STREET, apartment block for D. Campbell, 1911-12 (C.R., xxv, 13 Dec. 1911, 121)
ACADIA APARTMENTS, Heatley Avenue, 1911-12 (C.R., xxv, 27 Dec. 1911, 68)
HOTEL STRATFORD, Keefer Street at Gore Street, for Mrs. Walter Sanford, 1912 (C.R., xxvi, 7 Feb. 1912, 68; Province [Vancouver], 23 March 1912, 42, descrip.; 6 April 1912, 31, illus.; dwgs. Vancouver City Archives)

BRAUNTON & LEIBERT

OSLER AVENUE, at Laurier Street, residence for Frank McIntyre, 1912 (Province [Vancouver], 27 April 1912, 29; 12 Oct. 1912, 23, descrip.)
CITY HOTEL, Alexander Street near Columbia Avenue, 1912 (Province [Vancouver], 8 June 1912, 28, ilus. & descrip.)
IRWINTON APARTMENTS, Burrard Street, 1912 (dwgs. Vancouver City Archives)
ASHNOLA APARTMENTS, Main Street at East 6th Avenue, a block of stores and apartments for Dr. Israel Wood Powell, 1912-13 (Province [Vancouver], 12 Oct. 1912, 23; Vancouver Daily World, 21 Dec. 1912, 17, descrip.; dwgs. Vancouver City Archives)
ARCO HOTEL, West Pender Street at Abbott Street, stores and rooming house for J.F. Langer, 1912 (Province [Vancouver], 13 July 1912, 18, illus.; dwgs. Vancouver City Archives)
CRESCENT COURT APARTMENTS, West 14th Avenue at Granville Street, a block of stores and apartments for L.C. Marshall, 1912 (Province [Vancouver], 7 Sept. 1912, 31, descrip.; 21 Sept. 1912, 28, illus.; dwgs. Vancouver City Archives)
MAIN STREET, near Harris Street, apartment block for Alfred E. Suckling, 1912 (Province [Vancouver], 14 Sept. 1912, 30, illus. & descrip.; Vancouver Daily World, 14 Dec. 1912, 19)
EAST HASTINGS STREET, near Hawkes Street, apartment block for R.A. Wallace, 1912 (Province [Vancouver], 14 Sept. 1912, 30; H. Kalman, Exploring Vancouver, 1993, 46, illus.)
STANDARD DAIRY CO., West 8th Avenue at Hemlock Street, 1912 (Province [Vancouver], 9 Nov. 1912, 31, descrip.; 7 Dec. 1912, 28, illus.; dwgs. Vancouver City Archives)
ROBSON STREET, at Burrard Street, store and apartment block for C.N. Davidson, 1913 (Province [Vancouver], 4 Jan. 1913, 14; C.R., xxvii, 22 Jan. 1913, 69)
STANDARD TRUST & INDUSTRIAL CO., West Hastings Street near Howe Street, office block, 1913 (Province [Vancouver], 4 Jan. 1913, 14, illus. & descrip.; C.R., xxvii, 22 Jan. 1913, 69, t.c.; Yearbook of the British Columbia Society of Architects, 1913, illus.)
GRANVILLE STREET, at Helmcken Street, stores and rooming house for James Borland, 1913 (C.R., xxvii, 19 Feb. 1913, 74; Province [Vancouver], 2 Sept. 1913, 15, illus. & descrip.)
GRANVILLE STREET, near Robson Street, stores and apartment block for R.A. Allen, 1913 (Province [Vancouver], 18 Jan. 1913, 25, illus. & descrip.; C.R., xxvii, 5 Feb. 1913, 72)
MAIN STREET, at Alexander Street, commercial building for John McDonald "...opposite the new G.T.P. dock", 1913 (Vancouver Daily World, 20 Feb. 1913, 24, descrip.)
FERRERA COURT, East Hastings Street near Jackson Street, apartment block for Morden Thornton, 1913 (C.R., xxvii, 16 July 1913, 67)
ALLEN BLOCK, Granville Street, 1914 (dwgs. Vancouver City Archives)
JEWISH SYNAGOGUE, Melville Street, 1914 (C.R., xxviii, 26 Aug. 1914, 63, t.c.)

(works in El Paso, Texas unless noted)

THE ARAGON APARTMENTS, Rio Grande Street at Kansas Street, for Manuel Aragon, 1916 (El Paso Herald, Weekend Edition, 10-11 June 1916, 13, descrip.; 26-27 August 1916, 5)
AUSTIN TERRACE, two entrance gateways, in reinforced concrete, at the entrance to a housing complex, 1916 (El Paso Herald, Weekend Edition, 10-11 June 1916, 13, descrip.)
THE MARTIN TOWER, Mills Street at Stanton Street, a 7 storey commercial block, 1916 (El Paso Herald, Weekend Edition, 10-11 June 1916, 13, descrip. & illus.; 26-27 August 1916, 5, illus. & descrip.)
BEALL BLOCK, Myrtle Street at San Antonio Street, for Col. T.J. Beall, 1916 (El Paso Herald, Weekend Edition, 26-27 Aug. 1916, 5)
TURNER BLOCK, Fourth Street at El Paso Street, for Harry Turner, 1916 (El Paso Herald, Weekend Edition, 26-27 Aug. 1916, 5)
THE LANIER BUILDING, 1916 (El Paso Herald, Weekend Edition, 26-27 Aug. 1916, 5)
MARR, PRIMM & ROSS, Texas Street at Florence Street, a large reinforced concrete garage building, 1916 (El Paso Herald, Weekend Edition, 26-27 Aug. 1916, 5)
ARMY PROVISIONS DEPOT, a 4 storey warehouse block for the U.S. Army, Mills Street at Campbell Street, 1916 (El Paso Herald, Weekend Edition, 26-27 Aug. 1916, 5)
OCHOA STREET, at Wyoming Street, apartment block for G. McGinnis, 1916 (El Paso Herald, Weekend Edition, 26-27 Aug. 1916, 5)
RIVER STREET, at Campbell Street, apartment block for H.O. Cain, 1916 (El Paso Herald, Weekend Edition, 26-27 Aug. 1916, 5)
ARAGON BLOCK, Montana Street at Cedar Street and Piedras Street, a five storey block for Manuel Aragon, 1917 (El Paso Herald, Weekend Edition, 10-11 Feb. 1917, 14)
ELM STREET, residence for Jim Robinson, 1917 (El Paso Herald, Weekend Edition, 10-11 Feb. 1917, 14)
DEMING, NEW MEXICO, Luna County Jail, South Silver Street, 1918 (City of Deming Walking Tour, 2010)