Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Dublin. Robert Dowling, who was possibly born in  England, received the B.Arch. degree from Liverpool University School of Architecture.  He was practising as an architect in Dublin by1938, when he designed alterations to the Pavilion Cinema, Dun Laoghaire,(1) though he appears to have opened an office only after the Second World War. He became a member of the RIAI in 1946. All his commissions to be recorded in the Irish Builder date from the late forties and fifties. He had emigrated to Canberra, Australia, by the spring of 1959 and registered as an architect in New South Wales in 1961.  His Dublin practice was taken over by THOMAS PAUL KENNEDY.& THOMAS PAUL KENNEDY.& #160; He died in Australia in 1973.   He had married in Dublin in 1943.

A sketch perspective view of an ambitious design for a Roman Catholic cathedral in Merrion Square, Dublin, signed R.H. Dowling delt. 1934 - possibly a student project - is in the Diocesan Archives, Clonliffe.

AAI: elected member, 1937; no longer a member by 1941.
RIAI: elected member, 1946; raised to fellow, 1958.(2).
RIBA: associate by 1937.(3)

Address: Work: 8 Merrion Square,<=1948-1958.
Home: 25 Frankfort Avenue, Rathgar, 1937-1938; 14 Rosebank Road, Chidwell, Liverpool, 1939; 8 St Helen's Road, Booterstown, 1948; St Helens, 45 Blarney Crescent, Campbell, Canberra, 1959.

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References

All information in this entry not otherwise attributed is from RIAI and AAI membership lists, www.familysearch.org and from Gerard Kennedy, Eilise McGuane, Brian O'Connell and Karin O'Flanagan, Leinster House Dublin Urban Area (MUBC Urban Study, 2009), 124.


(1) IAA, PKS 0023.
(2) RIAI Year Book (1959), 34.
(3) Although he is designated ARIBA in the membership lists of the AAI, he does not appear in the RIBA membership records (information from Jane Oldfield, RIBA Library).


25 work entries listed in chronological order for DOWLING, ROBERT HENRY


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Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUN LAOGHAIRE, MARINE ROAD, PAVILION CINEMA
Date: 1938
Nature: Adds. & alts. Contractor: S. Phillips.
Refs: IAA, PKS 0023

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUNDRUM, ANNAVILLE GROVE, HOUSES (016)
Date: 1949
Nature: 16 houses for State Officials' Housing Society. £19965 each. Contractor: Gillan & Co.
Refs: IB 91, 10 Dec 1949, 1170

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, HOLLYBANK ROAD, NO. 055
Date: 1949
Nature: Stores at rere for L. Besagni. Plans approved by Corporation.
Refs: IB 91, 12 Nov 1949, 1068

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, WOODVILLE TERRACE, FLATS
Date: 1949
Nature: New flats for L. Besagni. Plans approved by Corporation.
Refs: IB 91, 2 Apr 1949, 302

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, PARKERHILL (RATHMINES), JEFFERSON SMURFIT & SON
Date: 1949
Nature: Boiler house. Plans approved by Corporation.
Refs: IB 91, 30 Apr 1949, 414

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, STILLORGAN ROAD (DONNYBROOK), WOODBINE ESTATE, HOUSES
Date: 1949-1950
Nature: Houses on various sites, for R. Keegan (site 12,14,15), Mrs Sauerzweig (site 67), G.J. Colley (site 3), Dr P. Coakley (site 78),Miss Byrne (bungalow), Mr McGovern, and ESB sub station.
Refs: IB 91, 12,26 Nov 1949, 1068,1118; 92, 4 Mar,13 May,8,22 Jul,30 Sep,9 Dec 1950, 224,498,714,774,1052,1342

Building: CO. GALWAY, GALWAY, SALTHILL, HOUSES (044)
Date: 1950
Nature: Tenders invited for erection of same for State Officials' Housing Society.
Refs: IB 92, 8 Jul 1950, 716

Building: CO. LIMERICK, LIMERICK, LANSDOWNE PARK, CRESCENT ESTATES, HOUSES (022)
Date: 1950
Nature: 22 new houses for State Officials' Housing Society.
Refs: IB 92, 8 Aug 1950, 830

Building: CO. KILDARE, KILDARE, LENABOY ESTATE, HOUSES (034)
Date: 1951
Nature: 34 new houses. First part of Lenaboy Estate housing and development scheme.
Refs: IB 93, 18 Aug 1951, 872

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CROYDON PARK AVENUE, NO. 001
Date: 1951
Nature: New garage for M. Garrett. Plans approved by Corporation.
Refs: IB 93, 4 Aug 1951, 816

Building: CO. SLIGO, ?, HOUSES
Date: 1951
Nature: 20 houses in 8 groups in Co. Sligo, 1951. 8 houses in various parts of Co. Sligo, 1957. For Sligo County Council. .
Refs: IB 93, 28 Apr 1951, 458; 99, 28 Dec 1957, 1053

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, SHREWSBURY ROAD, NO. 018 (WOODSIDE)
Date: 1951;1952;1954;1956
Nature: Alts. for Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland, 1951. Caretaker's bungalow, 1952. New college of pharmacy, opened summer 1954. Laboratory, 1956.
Refs: IB 93, 27 Oct 1951, 1112, 94, 7 Jun 1952, 596; 96, 3 Jul 1954, 651; 98, 14 Jul 1956, 641

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CIRCULAR ROAD SOUTH, GILLAN & CO.
Date: 1952
Nature: New workshops. Plans approved by Corporation.
Refs: IB 94, 16 Feb 1952, 82

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, ARTANE, ELM PARK ESTATE
Date: 1953-1955
Nature: Houses, shops, garage on various sites on estate. For J.P. Noonan, L.J. Murphy
Refs: IB 95, 6 Jun,21 Nov 1953, 589,1289; 96, 8 May 18 Dec 1954, 465,1249; 97, 12 Feb,12 Mar,2,30 Jul 1955, 153,253,691,783

Building: CO. DONEGAL, CARNDONAGH, DISTRICT HOSPITAL
Date: 1954
Nature: New hospital for Donegal County Council. Tenders invited.
Refs: IB 96, 25 Sep,9 Oct 1954, 951,1006

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CLANBRASSIL STREET LOWER, NO. 098A-99 (MULCAHY BROS.)
Date: 1954
Nature: New factory and connecting bridge over Dowker's Lane. (Also electricity sub-station for ESB, 1956).
Refs: IB 96, 2 Jan,4 Dec 1954; 98, 11 Feb,21 Apr 1956, 111,359

Building: CO. LEITRIM, DROMAHAIR, DISPENSARY
Date: 1954
Nature: Tenders invited for erecting four dispensaries at Dromahaire, Kinlough, Ballinamore and Mohill. For Leitrim County Council.
Refs: IB 96, 4 Dec 1954, 1210

Building: CO. LEITRIM, KINLOUGH, DISPENSARY
Date: 1954
Nature: Tenders invited for erecting four dispensaries at Dromahaire, Kinlough, Ballinamore and Mohill. For Leitrim County Council.
Refs: IB 96, 4 Dec 1954, 1210

Building: CO. LEITRIM, BALLINAMORE, DISPENSARY
Date: 1954
Nature: Tenders invited for erecting four dispensaries at Dromahaire, Kinlough, Ballinamore and Mohill. For Leitrim County Council.
Refs: IB 96, 4 Dec 1954, 1210

Building: CO. LEITRIM, MOHILL, DISPENSARY
Date: 1954
Nature: Tenders invited for erecting four dispensaries at Dromahaire, Kinlough, Ballinamore and Mohill. For Leitrim County Council.
Refs: IB 96, 4 Dec 1954, 1210

Building: CO. SLIGO, GREEVAGH, DISPENSARY & DISPENSARY RESIDENCE
Date: 1955
Nature: Tenders invited for erecting same. For Sligo County Council.
Refs: IB 97, 31 Dec 1955, 1360

Building: CO. GALWAY, GALWAY, GALWAY TEXTILE PRINTERS
Date: 1956
Nature: Tenders invited for erecting new factory.
Refs: IB 98, 30 Jun 1956, 607

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, MERRION SQUARE, NO. 056
Date: 1957
Nature: Alts.
Refs: IB 99, 19 Oct 1957, 829

Building: CO. WICKLOW, BRAY, TEXTILE FACTORY
Date: 1957p
Nature: New nylon processing factory.  Tenders invited Sep 1957. Work started Nov 1957. Contractor: McKenna Bros., Churchtown  Estimated cost £118,000.  (Is this the same as the factory which featured in Architectural Survey (1962) (see below)?)
Refs: IB 99, 21 Sep,16 Nov 1957, 764,919.

Building: CO. WICKLOW, BRAY, TEXTILE FACTORY
Date: 1962a
Nature: New factory, with T.P. Kennedy (possibly as executant architect after Dowling's departure for Australia?)..   Main Contractor: J. & D. McIlvenna. (Is this the same factory as the one started in Nov 1957 (see above)?).
Refs: Architectural Survey (1962), 11,20(illus.).