Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Belfast. Adam Bunyan Dobson, son of ADAM DOBSON ADAM DOBSON , engineer, and Mary Foster, was born in Belfast on 26 January 1870.(1) He became a pupil of WILLIAM JOHN GILLILAND  WILLIAM JOHN GILLILAND circa 1890 and, after serving a five-year apprenticeship continued to work in Gilliland's office as an assistant at least until  1905.(2)  By the time of the 1911 census, he had been married for ten years and had two daughters and a son.  He had set up his own practice in Belfast by 1923.(3) From 1930 or earlier he held the post of town surveyor for Whitehead Urban District Council, Co. Antrim.(4) He was succeeded circa 1937 by JOHN MOORE JOHN MOORE (5) but was reappointed in 1940 during Moore's absence on war service.(6) In his private practice he seems to have been mainly involved in designing houses for developers and, during the 1930s, in work for the Methodist church, of which he was a member. 

RIAI: elected member, 1901, having been proposed by WILLIAM JOHN GILLILAND WILLIAM JOHN GILLILAND , seconded by JOHN JOSEPH MCDONNELL  JOHN JOSEPH MCDONNELL and WILLIAM JOHN FENNELL WILLIAM JOHN FENNELL ;(7) ceased membership, 1905.(8)
RSUA;(9) member by 1915; ceased membership, 1948.

Addresses:(10) Work: 9 Howard Street, Belfast, 1901->=1905; 62 Wellington Place, Belfast, ? -1934; Prudential Chambers, 3 Wellington Pl, 1934 (11)->=1942.
Home:  9 Cableroad Street, Templecorran, Co. Antrim, 1911;  Wavecrest, Whitehead, Co.Antrim, <=1947-1948.

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References



(1)
www.familysearch.com.
(2)
IAA, RIAI office archives (Acc. 93/136), membership forms 1878-1909 (extremely fragile).  
(3)
IB 65, 1 Dec 1923, 934.
(4)
Architect & Building News 123, 20 Jun 1930, 808.
(5)
IB 79, 20 Feb 1937, 173.
(6)
IB 82, 30 Mar 1940, 202.
(7)
See note 2, above.
(8)
RIAI membership lists.
(9)
Building News 108, 5 Mar 1915, 268, and RSUA lists of members in Thom's directories.
(10)
From RIAI and RSUA membership lists unless otherwise stated.
(11)
  IB 76, 28 Jul 1934, 626.


90 work entries listed in chronological order for DOBSON, ADAM BUNYAN


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Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CLIFTONVILLE ROAD, SHOP & HOUSE
Date: 1923
Nature: For Mssrs.H. & W. Pollock.
Refs: IB 65, 1 Dec 1923, 934

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ANNADALE AVENUE, HOUSE
Date: 1924
Nature: Adds. to villa.
Refs: IB 66, 19 Apr 1924, 350

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CLIFTONPARK AVENUE, HOUSE
Date: 1924
Nature: Adds.
Refs: IB 66, 4 Oct 1924, 865

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, OLDPARK ROAD, HOUSES (008)
Date: 1924
Nature: 8 semi-detached villas.
Refs: IB 66, 19 Apr 1924, 350

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, SANDHURST DR (& STRANDVIEW STREET), HOUSES (006)
Date: 1924
Nature: -
Refs: IB 66, 28 Jun 1924, 577

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, SOMERTON ROAD, HOUSES
Date: 1924
Nature: Adds. to villas.
Refs: IB 66, 29 Nov 1924, 1017

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, SOMERTON ROAD, HOUSES (010)
Date: 1924
Nature: 10 semi-detached villas.
Refs: IB 66, 19 Apr 1924, 350

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, STRANMILLIS ROAD, HOUSE
Date: 1924
Nature: -
Refs: IB 66, 19 Apr 1924, 350

Building: CO. ANTRIM, WHITEHEAD, ST PATRICK'S PAROCHIAL HALL
Date: 1924
Nature: Adds.
Refs: IB 66, 29 Nov 1924, 1005

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, GLANDORE AVENUE, HOUSES (002)
Date: 1925
Nature: 2 new villas.
Refs: IB 67, 7 Mar 1925, 189

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, KNOCK ROAD, CHURCH
Date: 1925
Nature: Adds.
Refs: IB 67, 7 Mar 1925, 189

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, BALMORAL ROAD, HOUSE
Date: 1926
Nature: Adds. to villa, for W. McLean. Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 68, 18 Sep 1926, 718

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, BAWNMORE ROAD, HOUSE
Date: 1926
Nature: Adds. to villa, for W. McLean.
Refs: IB 68, 11 Dec 1926, 921

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, OLD LODGE ROAD, PREMISES
Date: 1927
Nature: Adds., for Isaac Black. Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 69, 8 Jan 1927, 23

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, YORK ROAD, SHOP & HOUSE
Date: 1927
Nature: For Mssrs. Quinn, Newsam & Co. Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 69, 15 Oct 1927, 765

Building: CO. ANTRIM, WHITEHEAD, HOUSES (004)
Date: 1927
Nature: 2 pairs of semi-detached houses, for Dr William Martin, JP. Builder: John Launting.
Refs: IB 69, 12 Nov 1927, 838

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ANNADALE AVENUE, GARAGE & STORES
Date: 1928
Nature: -
Refs: IB 70, 4 Aug 1928, 671

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ANNESLEY STREET, SYNAGOGUE
Date: 1928
Nature: Adds. to lavatory accommodation.
Refs: IB 70, 4 Aug 1928 671

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CHICHESTER STREET, PREMISES
Date: 1928
Nature: Alts.
Refs: IB 70, 15 Sep 1928, 796

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, FRENCHPARK STREET, HOUSES (018)
Date: 1928
Nature: -
Refs: IB 70, 10 Nov 1928, 964

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, MOUNTCOLLYER STREET, HOUSES (008)
Date: 1928
Nature: -
Refs: IB 70, 15 Sep 1928, 796

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, WHITEROCK ROAD, HOUSES (002)
Date: 1928
Nature: Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 70, 22Dec 1928, 1080

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, BYRON STREET, PREMISES
Date: 1929
Nature: Alts.
Refs: IB 71, 16 Feb 1929, 154

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CIRCULAR ROAD WEST, HOUSE
Date: 1929
Nature: -
Refs: IB 71, 7 Dec 1929, 1092

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, FRENCHPARK STREET, HOUSES (010)
Date: 1929
Nature: -
Refs: IB 71, 25 May,3 Aug 1929, 464,703

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, KILBURN STREET, HOUSES (003)
Date: 1929
Nature: -
Refs: IB 71, 2 Mar 1929, 190

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, MEEKON STREET, HOUSES (008)
Date: 1929
Nature: -
Refs: IB 71, 25 May 1929, 464

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, NEWTOWNARDS ROAD, PREMISES
Date: 1929
Nature: Alterations.
Refs: IB 71, 21 Dec 1929, 1138

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, WATERLOO GARDENS, HOUSE
Date: 1929
Nature: -
Refs: IB 71, 7 Dec 1929, 1092

Building: CO. ANTRIM, WHITEHEAD, SWIMMING POOL
Date: 1929-31
Nature: With J. McF Neill, AMICE. Bathing boxes designed by ABD. Builder: Robert Colhoun, Derry.
Refs: IB 71, 12 Oct 1929, 915; 72, 15 Mar 1930, 255; 73, 23 May 1931, 453; Architect & Building News 123, 20 Jun 1930, 808.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DERAMORE GARDENS, HOUSES (002)
Date: 1930
Nature: -
Refs: IB 72, 15 Feb 1930, 151

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, FALLS AVENUE (& DONEGALL AVE), HOUSES (004)
Date: 1930
Nature: -
Refs: IB 72, 26 Apr 1930, 383

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, FRENCHPARK STREET, HOUSES (012)
Date: 1930
Nature: -
Refs: IB 72, 15 Feb 1930, 151

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, FRENCHPARK STREET, HOUSES (028)
Date: 1930
Nature: Additions.
Refs: IB 72, 5 Jul 1930, 604

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, KILLEN STREET, PREMISES
Date: 1930
Nature: Adds.
Refs: IB 72, 27 Sep 1930, 868

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, LOOPLAND PARK, HOUSES (004)
Date: 1930
Nature: -
Refs: IB 72, 6 Dec 1930, 1098

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, RIDGEWAY STREET, HOUSES (006)
Date: 1930
Nature: -
Refs: IB 72, 27 Sep 1930, 868

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, SANDHURST DR & RIDGEWAY STREET, HOUSES (008)
Date: 1930
Nature: -
Refs: IB 72, 22 Nov 1930, 1055

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, SANDHURST DRIVE, HOUSES (002)
Date: 1930
Nature: -
Refs: IB 72, 6 Dec 1930, 1098

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, SANDHURST DRIVE, HOUSES (008)
Date: 1930
Nature: -
Refs: IB 72, 15 Feb 1930, 151

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, SERPENTINE ROAD (NEAR), HOUSE
Date: 1930
Nature: -
Refs: IB 72, 19 Jul 1930, 645

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, STORMONT PARK, HOUSE
Date: 1930
Nature: -
Refs: IB 72, 15 Feb 1930, 151

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, SYDENHAM AVENUE, HOUSES (006)
Date: 1930
Nature: -
Refs: IB 72, 19 Jul 1930, 645

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, WHITEROCK ROAD, HOUSES (002)
Date: 1930
Nature: Additions. Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 72, 5 Jul 1930, 604

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CASTLEREAGH ROAD (& TRIGO PARADE), SHOP
Date: 1931
Nature: New shop & lock-up.
Refs: IB 73, 15 Aug 1931, 725

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DEACON STREET, HOUSES (002)
Date: 1931
Nature: Adds.
Refs: IB 73, 23 May 1931, 465

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, GLENCAIRN ROAD (NEAR), HOUSE
Date: 1931
Nature: Adds.
Refs: IB 73, 28 f
Feb 1931, 186

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, LISBURN ROAD (REAR OF), PREMISES
Date: 1931
Nature: Alts.
Refs: IB 73, 17 Jan 1931, 66

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, BELVOIR STREET, RECREATION HALL
Date: 1932
Nature: For Trustees of Newtownards Rd Methodist church
Refs: IB 74, 26 Mar 1932, 303

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DONEGALL STREET LOWER, SHOPS (003) &
Date: 1932
Nature: 3 shops and large garage. Contr: McLaughlin & Harvey.
Refs: IB 74, 3 Dec 1932, 1091

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DONEGALL STREET, SHOPS (003)
Date: 1932
Nature: e lock-up shops, for Raceview Woollens, Ltd.
Refs: IB 74, 2 Jul 1932, 614

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, SANDY ROW, SHOP & STORE
Date: 1932
Nature: Conversion from house.
Refs: IB 74, 26 Mar 1932, 303

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, SHANKILL ROAD (& BERLIN STREET), PRIMITIVE METHODIST CHURCH
Date: 1932
Nature: Alts, for Trustees of Shankill Methodist church
Refs: IB 74, 30 Jan 1932, 113

Building: CO. ANTRIM, WHITEHEAD, CHESTER AVENUE, BUSINESS PREMISES
Date: 1932
Nature: -
Refs: IB 74, 17 Dec 1932, 1138

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, MALONE ROAD, LENNOXVALE, NO. 009 (EDGEHILL METHODIST THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE)
Date: 1932;1937
Nature: Principal's house on S side of house, 1932. Chapel., 1937.
Refs: IB 74, 10 Sep 1932, 818; 79, 27 Nov 1937, 1q031; Paul Larmour, The Architectural Heritage of Malone & Stranmillis (UAHS, 1991), 72.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, BYRON STREET, GARAGE
Date: 1933
Nature: For Parkes & Co.
Refs: IB 75, 25 Feb 1933, 161

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DONEGALL PARK AVENUE, HOUSE
Date: 1933
Nature: For D. McCune & Son
Refs: IB 75, 11 Mar 1933, 200

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, FALLS ROAD (NEW STREET OFF), HOUSES (036)
Date: 1933
Nature: For J.R. & W.C. McKee.
Refs: IB 75, 16 Dec 1933, 1085

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, GIBSON PARK GARDENS, LECTURE HALL
Date: 1933
Nature: For Trustees of Cregagh Rd Methodist Church. £3000.
Refs: IB 75, 6 May,1 Jul 1933, 370,566

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, IRWIN CRESCENT (& IRWIN DRIVE), HOUSES (012)
Date: 1933
Nature: For Parkes & Co.
Refs: IB 75, 25 Feb 1933, 161

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, OLDPARK ROAD, HOUSES (002)
Date: 1933
Nature: For W. Sawrey.
Refs: IB 75, 25 Feb 1933, 161

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, QUEEN STREET, PREMISES
Date: 1933
Nature: For Belfast Corporation Gas Dept.
Refs: IB 75, 25 Feb 1933, 161

Building: CO. DOWN, CARNALEA, METHODIST HALL
Date: 1934
Nature: -
Refs: IB 76, 28 Jul 1934, 626

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DUNRAVEN AVENUE (NEW STREETS OFF), HOUSES (326)
Date: 1934
Nature: -
Refs: IB 76, 3 Nov 1934, 951

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, FALLS ROAD, (NEW STREET OFF), HOUSES (012)
Date: 1934
Nature: -
Refs: IB 76, 10 Feb 1934, 114

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, FANE STREET, HOUSES (043)
Date: 1934
Nature: -
Refs: IB 76, 6 Oct 1934, 865

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, FINAGHY, METHODIST HALL
Date: 1934
Nature: -
Refs: IB 76, 28 Jul 1934, 626

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, WOODVALE ROAD, HOUSES (002)
Date: 1934
Nature: -
Refs: IB 76, 16 Jun 1934, 517

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, BALLYGOMARTIN ROAD (NEW STREET OFF), HOUSES (003)
Date: 1935
Nature: -
Refs: IB 77, 2 Nov 1935, 1010

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DONEGALL AVENUE, HOUSES (035)
Date: 1935
Nature: -
Refs: IB 77, 16 Nov 1935, 1065

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DONNYBROOK STREET, HOUSES (003)
Date: 1935
Nature: -
Refs: IB 77, 10 aug 1935, 715

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, EAST BRIDGE STREET (NEW STREET OFF), HOUSES (055)
Date: 1935
Nature: IB 77, 7 Sep 1935, 816
Refs:

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, GLENCAIRN STREET (NEW STREET OFF), HOUSES (156)
Date: 1935
Nature: -
Refs: IB 77, 10 Aug 1935, 715

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, HOLYWOOD ROAD, SHOPS (005)
Date: 1935
Nature: 5 lock-up shops.
Refs: IB 77, 7 Sep 1935, 816

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, KITCHENER STREET, HOUSES (018)
Date: 1935
Nature: -
Refs: IB 77, 4 May 1935, 381

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, KNOCK EDEN PARK, HOUSES (005)
Date: 1935
Nature: -
Refs: IB 77, 7 Sep 1935, 816

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, RUTHERFORD ST & GLENCAIRN STREET (NEW STREET OFF), HOUSES (156)
Date: 1935
Nature: -
Refs: IB 77, 2 Nov 1935, 1010

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, STRANMILLIS ROAD, SHOP & HOUSE
Date: 1936
Nature: Conversion from house.
Refs: IB 78, 14 Nov 1936, 1039

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DONEGALL ROAD, MEMORIAL HALL
Date: 1937
Nature: -
Refs: IB 79, 3 Apr 1937, 313

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, GIBSON PARK (NEAR), GARAGES (005)
Date: 1938
Nature: -
Refs: IB 80, 28 May 1938, 457

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, RAVENHILL AVENUE, PREMISES
Date: 1938
Nature: New boiler house.
Refs: IB 80,11 Jun 1938, 497

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, WALLASEY AVENUE (& OLDPARK ROAD), METHODIST HALL
Date: 1938
Nature: -
Refs: IB 80, 19 Mar 1938, 223

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, COLENSO PARADE & SANDHURST DRIVE, HOUSES (059)
Date: 1939
Nature: -
Refs: IB 81, 25 Nov 1939, 967

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CREGAGH ROAD, RECREATION HALL
Date: 1939
Nature: For Trustees of Cregagh Methodist Church
Refs: IB 81, 5 Aug 1939, 678

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, TWESKARD PARK (& BELMONT ROAD), HOUSE
Date: 1939
Nature: -
Refs: IB 81, 14 Oct 1939, 870

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, COLLEGE SQUARE EAST, PREMISES
Date: 1940
Nature: Alts.
Refs: IB 82, 16 Nov 1940, 178

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, GREAT GEORGE'S STREET, STORE
Date: 1940
Nature: -
Refs: IB 82, 31 Aug 1940, 545

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, LITTLE HENRY STREET, STORE
Date: 1940
Nature: Rebuilding after fire.
Refs: IB 82, 31 Aug 1940, 545

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, QUEEN'S SQUARE (NEAR), PREMISES
Date: 1940
Nature: Reconstruction after fire
Refs: IB 82, 25 May 1940, 350

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, WELLINGTON PLACE, PREMISES
Date: 1940
Nature: Additional lavatories.
Refs: IB 82, 22 Jun 1940, 418