English architect. He was articled to and later (1896) was in partnership with his father, William Owen (1850–1910), architect, of Warrington, Ches. In 1895–6 he worked with G. E. Street. At Port Sunlight, Ches., William refined William Hesketh Lever's (1851–1925) plan for the layout of the town, and designed the first 28 cottages and entrance-lodge. W. & S. Owen's designs for houses at Port Sunlight often quoted the half-timbered gabled vernacular style of Cheshire but also employed ogee gables, vitrified diaper-work, and walls of brick and terracotta. Among other buildings at Port Sunlight are Hulme Hall (1901) and the very distinguished Gothic Christ Church (1902–4), where the Perpendicular style was made more four-square and robust. Segar Owen designed the severe Neo-Classical Art Gallery at Port Sunlight (1914–22). See also company town.
Davison (1916);A. S. Gray (1985);Pevsner : BoE, Cheshire (1971)
Subjects: Art & Architecture