Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architectural partnership formed circa 1951 between VALENTINE SMYTH  VALENTINE SMYTH and BENJAMIN COWSER BENJAMIN COWSER . In 1954 they were joined by BRIAN EMERSON BRIAN EMERSON . Cowser retired from practice in the mid 1960s.(1)

Address: 31 College Gardens, Belfast, <=1953(2)->=1964.(3)

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References



(1) Marie A. McHugh, 'The Quiet Man: the life and works of Benjamin Cowser, a dissertation submitted to Queen's University of Belfast, Department of Architecture, 30 Apr 1990, for the Diploma in Advanced Architectural Studies, 12.
(2) IB 95, 14 Feb 1953, 173.
(3) IB 106, 7 Nov 1964, 866.


21 work entries listed in chronological order for SMYTH & COWSER


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Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, COLLEGE GARDENS, METHODIST COLLEGE
Date: 1952;1956;1959
Nature: Adds. & alts.
Refs: IB 94, 15 Mar 1952, 282; 98, 16 Jun 1956, 565;101, 12 Dec 1959, 940

Building: CO. DOWN, DOWNPATRICK, GENERAL HOSPITAL
Date: 1953
Nature: New entrance
Refs: IB 95, 14 Feb 1953, 173

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, BALLYSILLAN ROAD, BALLYSILLAN INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL
Date: 1953
Nature: New. Builder: J.M. Reilly, Ltd. According to McHugh designed by Cowser.
Refs: IB 100, 11 Jan 1958, 30; Marie A. McHugh, 'The Quiet Man: the life and works of Benjamin Cowser, a dissertation submitted to Queen's University of Belfast, Department of Architecture, 30 Apr 1990, for the Diploma in Advanced Architectural Studies, 27-28, Figs. 33-38

Building: CO. ANTRIM, ANTRIM, NORTHERN BANK
Date: 1957
Nature: New. McHugh says designed by Cowser.
Refs: Marie A. McHugh, 'The Quiet Man: the life and works of Benjamin Cowser, a dissertation submitted to Queen's University of Belfast, Department of Architecture, 30 Apr 1990, for the Diploma in Advanced Architectural Studies, 29-30, Fig.55.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DONEGALL SQUARE NORTH, NO. 009 (BELFAST BANK)
Date: 1957-58
Nature: New. McHugh says designed by Cowser.
Refs: IB 100, 23 Aug,4 Oct 1958, 608,729; Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1993), 118; Marie A. McHugh, 'The Quiet Man: the life and works of Benjamin Cowser, a dissertation submitted to Queen's University of Belfast, Department of Architecture, 30 Apr 1990, for the Diploma in Advanced Architectural Studies, 28-29, Figs. 39-42

Building: CO. DOWN, KILKEEL, TECHNICAL SCHOOL
Date: 1958
Nature: -
Refs: IB 100, 31 May 1958, 396

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, LISBURN ROAD, CITY HOSPITAL
Date: 1958
Nature: Wakehurst House geriatric unit. McHugh says designed by Cowser; project completed by Brian Emerson. Cost:£200,000.
Refs: IB 100, 14 Jun,4 Oct 1958, 425,727(illus.); Marie A. McHugh, 'The Quiet Man: the life and works of Benjamin Cowser, a dissertation submitted to Queen's University of Belfast, Department of Architecture, 30 Apr 1990, for the Diploma in Advanced Architectural Studies, 30-31, Figs. 43-45

Building: CO. DOWN, NEWCASTLE, PRIMARY SCHOOL
Date: 1959
Nature: New.
Refs: IB 101, 5 Sep 1959, 661

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, OXFORD ROAD, BUS STATION
Date: 1959
Nature: McHugh says designed by Cowser. £80,000.
Refs: IB 101, 22 Aug 1959, 609; Marie A. McHugh, 'The Quiet Man: the life and works of Benjamin Cowser, a dissertation submitted to Queen's University of Belfast, Department of Architecture, 30 Apr 1990, for the Diploma in Advanced Architectural Studies, 32-33, Figs. 49-52

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, LISBURN ROAD, CITY HOSPITAL
Date: 1960
Nature: Nurses' training centre. McHugh says designed by Cowser. Cost: £35,000.
Refs: IB 102, 23 Jul 1960, 551Marie A. McHugh, 'The Quiet Man: the life and works of Benjamin Cowser, a dissertation submitted to Queen's University of Belfast, Department of Architecture, 30 Apr 1990, for the Diploma in Advanced Architectural Studies, 31-32, Figs. 46-48

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, LISBURN ROAD, CITY HOSPITAL
Date: 1961
Nature: Temporary casualty unit. Builder: Frazer & Co.
Refs: IB 103, 22 Jul 1961, 589

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DERAMORE ROAD, PAVILION
Date: 1961
Nature: New. Builder: George Nelson
Refs: IB 103, 13 May,23 Dec 1961, 391,1017

Building: CO. ANTRIM, MONKSTOWN, FACTORY (A.G. SPALDING & BROS)
Date: 1961
Nature: Alts., enlargement of existing building.
Refs: IB 103, 11 Nov 1961, 890

Building: CO. ANTRIM, CARRICKFERGUS, CASTLE STREET, BELFAST BANK
Date: 1961
Nature: Conversion of market house (used as town council offices, 1843-1938) into bank.
Refs: Northern Bank archives, NB/115 (B. of I.)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, COLLEGE GARDENS, METHODIST COLLEGE
Date: 1962-63
Nature: Science block & swimming pool.
Refs: IB 104, 9 Jun 1962, 453; 105, 26 Oct,9 Nov 1963, 840,890

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, COUNTY COUNCIL BUILDINGS
Date: 1963
Nature: Garages, stores & caretaker's house.
Refs: IB 105, 26 Oct 1963, 840

Building: CO. DERRY, COLERAINE, MANOR HOUSE
Date: 1964
Nature: Divisional heath offices, clinic, nurses' accommodation.
Refs: IB 106, 29 Aug,12 Sep,7 Nov 1964, 667,701,866

Building: CO. DOWN, DUNDRUM, PRIMARY SCHOOL
Date: 1964
Nature: -
Refs: IB 106, 29 Feb 1964, 155

Building: CO. DOWN, BALLYKINLAR, PRIMARY SCHOOL
Date: 1964
Nature: -
Refs: IB 106, 29 Feb 1964, 153

Building: CO. DOWN, KILKEEL, PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH HALL
Date: ?
Nature: McHugh says designed by Cowser. (Is this the Mourne Memorial Church Hall begun1961, see IB 103, 11 Nov 1961, 893?)
Refs: Marie A. McHugh, 'The Quiet Man: the life and works of Benjamin Cowser, a dissertation submitted to Queen's University of Belfast, Department of Architecture, 30 Apr 1990, for the Diploma in Advanced Architectural Studies, 33.

Building: CO. DOWN, NEWCASTLE, SLIEVE DONARD HOTEL
Date: ?
Nature: McHugh says swimming pool designed by Cowser.
Refs: Marie A. McHugh, 'The Quiet Man: the life and works of Benjamin Cowser, a dissertation submitted to Queen's University of Belfast, Department of Architecture, 30 Apr 1990, for the Diploma in Advanced Architectural Studies, 33.