Robert Maclaren Love was born in 1887 he was educated at Kingswood School, Bath. At the age of 24 he began his architecural education that he completed in 1914 and then became an associate of the RIBA. During the First world War he joined the Derbyshire Yeomanry and served in Egypt and Palestine until 1919.

On his return from the Great War he worked as Chief Assistant Architect to Cecil Howitt in Nottingham. He then worked in Malaya and then Singapore until 1925 where he managed an architectural practice designing a number of local buildings. Love then returned to England and worked in Southport assisting in the design of Southport Bathing Lake.

Following this he then moved abroad again and worked in New Delhi, India as Chief Architect in his department designing buildings in and around New Delhi assisting Sir Edwin Lutyens in the planning of the new capital city.

In 1932, following his recognition as Fellow of the RIBA, he returned to England to work for the Ministry of Health. He worked for the Ministry as Regional Architect until his retirement.

The Close was designed in 1933 and completed in 1935. Robert Love would have been 48 at the time The Close was completed.



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