Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect and structural engineer, of Belfast. Kendrick Edwards, was born on 27 May 1874 in Liverpool, where he served an engineering pupilage under C.E. Williams.  After working for Braby & Co.of Glasgow on various projects, including the Mail Packet Pier at Dun Laoghaire, in 1898 he was appointed chief of drawing-office staff in the engineering firm of Musgrave & Co in Belfast.  He set up his own practice in Belfast in 1907, initially as a consulting engineer,(1) engaging mainly in industrial work. In the same year he was also invited to give a series of twenty lectures on roof and bridge design at the Belfast Technical College.  Later in his career he appears to have turned increasingly to architecture.   He was elected a special associate of the RIBA in 1926 and was the only person from Ireland to submit a design in the competition for the RIBA headquarters in London in 1932.(2)

In November 1936 Edwards was badly injured in a car accident while he was out walking with his wife.(3) He died at his home in Hampton Park, Belfast, early in 1943 after a short illness. His pupils and assistants included ROBERT EDMUND LEAR CLARKE.  ROBERT EDMUND LEAR CLARKE.

Inst.CE: elected member before 9 January 1923.(4)
RIBA: elected associate (special), 29 November 1926, proposed by James Lochhead, THOMAS WILLIAM HENRY  THOMAS WILLIAM HENRY and NICHOLAS FITZSIMONS NICHOLAS FITZSIMONS ;(5) elected fellow, 3 December 1928, proposed by James Lochhead, William Brown and Frederick Willey.(6)
RSUA: council member; appointed society's representative on Registration Council of United Kingdom, 1932, and Board of Architectural Education.(7)

Addresses: Scottish Temperance Buildings, 16 Donegall Square South, Belfast, <=1926->=1932.(8)
Home: 4 Sandyford Avenue, Pottinger, Belfast, 1901;(9)  The Leete, Hampton Park, Belfast, 1927.(10)

See WORKS.



References

All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from Edwards's candidate's circular for membership (1888) of Inst.CE, kindly provided by Mrs Carol Morgan, archivist, Inst.CE, and from the obituary in IB 85, 13 Feb 1943, 61; a short note on him, listing some of his works, is in IB 74, 12 Mar 1932, 242.


(1) His earliest work recorded in the Irish Builder, some reinforced concrete grains silos in Derry, dates from 1912 (IB 54, 17 Aug 1912, 472).
(2) IB 74, 21 May,13 Aug 1932, 461,725.
(3) IB 78, 14 Nov,12 Dec 1936, 1014,1118.
(4) Information from Mrs Carol Morgan, archivist, Inst.CE (Mar 2012).
(5) RIBAJ 33 (1925-26), 622; 34 (1926-27), 38, 230.
(6) RIBAJ 36 (1928-29), 39,130.
(7) IB 74, 12 Mar 1932, 242.
(8) RIBAJ 33 (1925-26), 622; Architect & Building News, 18 Nov 1932, 216.
(9) Census of Ireland, 1901, http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie (last visited, Mar 2012).1
(0) RIBAJ 34 (1926-27), 230; is this the house in Hampton Park which he designed in 1925 (see IB 67, 21 Feb 1925, 147) and the house in Hampton Park in which he died?


30 work entries listed in chronological order for EDWARDS, KENDRICK


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Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, GRAIN SILOS
Date: 1912
Nature: For James Gallaher.
Refs: IB 54, 17 Aug 1912, 472(illus.); 74, 12 Mar 1932, 242

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, MOUNTPOTTINGER ROAD, SIROCCO CHEMICAL WORKS
Date: 1915
Nature: For S.C. Davidson & Co. Builder: E. Fraser, 58 Alexander St. Supervision of erection of new foundry and later extensions.
Refs: IB 57, 20 Nov 1915, 506; 74, 12 Mar 1932, 242

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, MALONE ROAD, NO. 124 (STRATHEARN)
Date: 1920
Nature: 'One of the most interestingly detailed houses of its date in Belfast'. Now demolished.
Refs: Paul Larmour, The Architectural Heritage of Malone & Stranmillis (UAHS, 1991), 19(illus.),123

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, NEWFORGE LANE, NO. 006
Date: 1924
Nature: -
Refs: IB 66, 3 May 1924, 398; Paul Larmour, The Architectural Heritage of Malone & Stranmillis (UAHS, 1991), 142

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, HAMPTON PARK, HOUSE
Date: 1925
Nature: Is this his own house, The Leete?
Refs: IB 67, 21 Feb 1925, 147

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DONEGALL PLACE, RESTAURANT (SAVOY?)
Date: 1928
Nature: Additions, for Savoy ltd.
Refs: IB 70, 9 Jun 1928, 504

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, HOWARD STREET, NORTH BRITISH & MERCANTILE INSURANCE CO.
Date: 1928
Nature: Adds. & alts.
Refs: IB 70, 18 Feb,31 Mar,12 May 1928, 148,280,420

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DONEGALL PLACE (E SIDE), KYLE & CHEYNE FURNITURE CO.
Date: 1929
Nature: Alts. & adds.
Refs: IB 71, 17 Aug,28 Sep,26 Oct 1929, 747,869,964; 74, 19 Nov 1932, 1050; 74, 12 Mar 1932, 242

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DONEGALL ROAD, LINFIELD FOOT BALL GROUNDS
Date: 1929
Nature: Adds. to stand.
Refs: IB 71, 16 Mar 1929, 238

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, PRINCE'S DOCK STREET, FLOUR MILL (JAMES CLOW & CO.)
Date: 1929
Nature: Reconstruction of flour mill.
Refs: IB 71, 31 Aug 1929, 770; 72, 26 Apr 1930, 383; 74, 12 Mar 1932, 242

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, PILOT STREET, PREMISES
Date: 1930
Nature: Rebuilding.
Refs: IB 72, 26 Apr 1930, 383; 73, 3 Jan 1931, 24

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DOCK STREET, PREMISES
Date: 1931
Nature: Rebuilding.
Refs: IB 73, 3 Jan 1931, 24

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, HAMPTON PARK, HOUSE
Date: 1931
Nature: Adds. (Is this his own house, The Leete?)
Refs: IB 73, 1 Aug 1931, 685

Building: ENGLAND, LONDON, PORTLAND PLACE, RIBA HEADQUARTERS
Date: 1932
Nature: KE only architect from Ireland to enter competition.
Refs: IB 74, 21 May,13 Aug 1932, 461,725(illus.)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DONEGALL SQUARE EAST, PREMISES
Date: 1932
Nature: Alts., for J.D. Cheyne.
Refs: IB 74, 10 Sep 1932, 818

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DONEGALL PLACE, NO. 011-15 (DONEGALL CHAMBERS)
Date: 1932-33
Nature: 2 buildings previously occupied by LMS Railway Co. & Saxone reconstructed as one. For J.D. Cheyne. Builder: Thomas Mckee
Refs: IB 74, 19 Nov,17 Dec 1932, 1050,1136; 75, 28 Jan,25 Mar,17 Jun,15 Jul 1933, 68,247,517,585; Architect & Building News 132, 18 Nov 1932, 216; Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1993), 103

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, LINEN HALL STREET, NO. 047-55 (BBC)
Date: 1932-33
Nature: Alts. and adds., in collaboration (1933) with T. Tudsbury, engineer to the BBC.
Refs: IB 74, 13 Feb 1932, 161; 75, 21 Oct,18 Nov 1933, 888,998

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, LINEN HALL STREET, PREMISES (J.W. JENKINS & CO.)
Date: 1933
Nature: Additions.
Refs: IB 75, 26 Aug 1933, 734

Building: CO. ANTRIM, LISBURN, BBC TRANSMITTING STATION
Date: 1934
Nature: New.
Refs: IB 76, 16 Jun 1934, 518

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DONEGALL SQUARE EAST, NO. 004-10 (IMPERIAL HOUSE)
Date: 1935;1938?
Nature: New Georgian style office block of 4 storeys. Faced with terracotta. . Contractor: Thomas McKee. (Adds. in 1938?)
Refs: IB 76, 16 Jun 1934, 502; 77, 23 Mar,6 Apr,10 Aug,19 Oct 1935, 249,271,715,946; 79, 9 Jan 1937, 7; 80, 3 Sep 1938, 753; Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 90 (no.209, illus.); Marcus Patton, Central Belfast (UAHS, 1993), 116

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, JAMES'S STREET SOUTH, NORTH BRITISH & MERCANTILE INSURANCE CO.
Date: 1939
Nature: -
Refs: IB 81, 28 Oct 1939, 902

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, WARING STREET, UNION ASSURANCE SOCIETY LTD
Date: 1939
Nature: Alts. to office
Refs: IB 81, 28 Oct 1939, 902

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CHARLES STREET SOUTH, ALBION LTD.
Date: 1940
Nature: Canteen.
Refs: IB 82, 31 Aug 1940, 545

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, MALONE ROAD (& STRANMILLIS ROAD), HOUSE
Date: ?
Nature: Residence of Mr Strahan, head of the firm of Workman & Clark; 'one of the finest houses built in Belfast since 1914'
Refs: IB 74, 12 Mar 1932, 242

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ?, FACTORY (MCILROY & FODEN)
Date: ? (1922a)
Nature: New factory.
Refs: Information from candidate's circular (1922) for membership  of Inst.CE, kindly provided by Mrs Carol Morgan, archivist, Inst.CE.



Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ?, SUNDERLAND FORGE & ENGINEERING CO.
Date: ? (1922a)
Nature: Engineering workshops and offices.
Refs: Information from candidate's circular (1922) for membership  of Inst.CE, kindly provided by Mrs Carol Morgan, archivist, Inst.CE.


Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, IRISH DISTILLERY CO.
Date: ? (1922a)
Nature: Malt kilns with grain-turning plant and grain storage;  5-storey bonded stores on raft foundation.
Refs: Information from candidate's circular (1922) for membership  of Inst.CE, kindly provided by Mrs Carol Morgan, archivist, Inst.CE.


Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, ?, WILLIAM MCCORKELL & CO.
Date: ? (1922a)
Nature: Reinforced concrete grain silos. Grain ship suction discharge plant with transport scheme to silos.
Refs: Information from candidate's circular (1922) for membership  of Inst.CE, kindly provided by Mrs Carol Morgan, archivist, Inst.CE.



Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, RAVENHILL ROAD, AVONIEL DISTILLERY
Date: ? (1922a)
Nature: Malt kiln with grinding machinery, grain storage.
Refs: Information from candidate's circular (1922) for membership  of Inst.CE, kindly provided by Mrs Carol Morgan, archivist, Inst.CE.


Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ?, D. ANDERSON & SON
Date: ? (1922a)
Nature: Teasling machinery building and fibre storage.
Refs: Information from candidate's circular (1922) for membership  of Inst.CE, kindly provided by Mrs Carol Morgan, archivist, Inst.CE.