Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Civil engineer and architect, of Dublin, active from the 1870s until 1900 or later. Arthur Dudgeon was closely connected with, or a partner in, the Dublin surveying firm of Dudgeon Brothers, which practised in Dublin from the 1870s. Dudgeon Brothers had an office at 163 Great Brunswick Street in 1874 and had moved to 32 Merrion Square by 1883, by which time their designation had changed to 'engineers, surveyors and valuators' and they had also opened an office at 22 Great George Street, Westminster. Arthur Dudgeon appears in the directories at the same address as Dudgeon Brothers from at least 1883. By 1887 the Dublin address has changed to 27 Rutland Square, but the entries remain otherwise the same until 1900 or later.(1)

'M. Arthur Dudgeon' designed the Ryevale Distillery, erected at Leixlip, Co. Kildare, in 1875 for the Johnstone Distilleries Co., of which he was also managing director.(2) In 1884 he prepared designs for a new theatre in Dublin, the Lyceum, which was to stand at the corner of Pearse Street and Tara Street, but the project did not materialize.(3) He also designed cottages in Bow Lane West, erected in 1889 for the Artisans' and Labourers' Dwellings Committee of Dublin Corporation.(4)  He was architect to the Association for the Housing of the Very Poor.(5)

According to the Calendars of Wills and Registrations, Dudgeon appears to have died 3 June, 1906.(6)   He and his wife, Sarah Isabella Martha, had at least two children, a son, also named Arthur Dudgeon, and a daughter, Sophia.(7)

The Irish Architectural Archive holds Dudgeon's designs for the Lyceum Theatre, Acc. 80/81.

Addresses: 32 Merrion Square, 1883; 27 Rutland Square, <=1887->=1900.

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References



(1) From Post Office and Thom's directories and Jones's transcripts from latter.
(2) PRONI D1905/1/5.
(3) See F. O'Dwyer, Lost Dublin (1981), 141(illus.).
(4) IB 31, 15 Mar 1889, 74.
(5) Freeman's Journal, 15 Apr 1909.
(6) http://www.willcalendars.nationalarchives.ie/reels/cwa/005014914/005014914_00355.pdf  (last visited August 2017). Reference courtesy Damian Murphy, NIAH.
(7) www.irish genealogy.ie (last visited Mar 2011).


5 work entries listed in chronological order for DUDGEON, ARTHUR


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Building: CO. KILDARE, LEIXLIP, RYEVALE DISTILLERY
Date: 1875;1877
Nature: Architect AD. Erected 1875, for Johnstone Still Co. Repairs to house & stables, 1877. Arbitration followed involving Benjamin Patterson.(Arbitrators:George C. Henderson & Richard C. Millar)
Refs: IAA, PKS B06a/63, B08/19, A06 (May 1878); PRONI D1905/1/5

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, PEARSE STREET (& TARA STREET), LYCEUM THEATRE (PROPOSED)
Date: 1884
Nature: Unexecuted.
Refs: Drawings in IAA, Acc. 80/18;  Irish Times, 19 Jul 1890; see also F. O'Dwyer, Lost Dublin (1981), 141(illus.)

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, BOW LANE WEST, KENNEDY VILLAS
Date: 1888-1890
Nature: Housing scheme consisting of 22 houses containing 86 self-contained dwellings and five shops, for Dublin Corporation Artisans' and Labourers' Dwellings Committee. Contractor: Hammond & Co.  Officially inspected, 15 Apr 1890, and opened . Built within estimated cost of £10,200.
Refs: IB 31, 15 Mar 1889, 74 (does IAA, PKS B18/16 refer to this?);  Irish Times, 15 Apr 1890.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, ALLINGHAM STREET, HOUSES
Date: 1908a
Nature: Housing in Allingham St amd Summer St for Association for the Housing of the Very Poor. Contractor: James D. Pile, Erne St, Dublin.
Refs: Freeman's Journal, 6 Jun 1908,15 Apr 1909.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, SUMMER STREET, HOUSES
Date: 1908a
Nature: Houses in Summer St and Allingham St for Association for the Housing of the Very Poor.  Contractor: James D. Pile, Erne St, Dublin.
Refs: Freeman's Journal, 6 Jun 1908.