Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Dublin city architect, 1879-1893. According to the 1901 census, Daniel Freeman was born in Dublin city; however his age as given in the census - forty-four - is clearly incorrect. He appears to have been articled to, or to have been an assistant of, THOMAS DREW THOMAS DREW . His address in 1867, when Drew proposed that he should be admitted a student of the RIAI, is given as 60 Sackville Street Upper, where Drew then had his office.(1) He appears to have been in independent practice by October 1870, when three works by him are mentioned in the Irish Builder.(2) In June 1879 he was elected to the post of city architect left vacant by JOHN STIRLING BUTLER. JOHN STIRLING BUTLER. (3) Whereas Butler's payments had come from fees, Freeman was given a salary of £500 per annum.(4) He was reappointed for a further year in June 1881(5) and re-elected again in 1882.(6) In 1893 he was succeeded by CHARLES JAMES MCCARTHY  CHARLES JAMES MCCARTHY although he had probably not by then reached the age of fifty. After he had left the service of the Corporation, he continued to have an office at 5 Merrion Street Lower.

Freeman died 'very suddenly' in January 1902.  He was unmarried and lived as a boarder at various addresses.  The account given by the Irish Builder of his death in lodgings in Adelaide Road suggests that his life may at the end have been a lonely one. 'He had not been noticed to leave his room for some time, but at first little notice was taken of this as failing health had lately induced a desire for solitude, but upon fears being entertained, the door was burst open, and unhappily Mr Freeman was found to have been dead for some time.'(7)

Freeman's pupils and assistants included JOHN GABRIEL O'SULLIVAN. JOHN GABRIEL O'SULLIVAN.

AAI: committee member 1872-1875;(8) treasurer, 1873-1874.(9)
RIAI: admitted student, 16 Jan 1868, having been proposed by Thomas Drew and seconded by f.V. CLARENDON  CLARENDON and CHARLES GEOGHEGAN CHARLES GEOGHEGAN ;(10) recommended for membership, 26 May 1879;(11) elected member, 4 Jun 1883, proposed by J. MCCURDY & MCCURDY & amp; J.R. CARROLL CARROLL ;(12) elected fellow, 12 Dec 1885;(13) resigned, 1892.(14)

Addresses:(15) 60 Sackville Street Upper, 1867;(16) 34 Dawson Street, 1879-1885; 5 Merrion Street Lower, 1895-1900.
Home: 22 Castlewood Avenue, Rathmines 1871-1893; Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, 1895-96;2 Hatch Street, 1901;   Adelaide Road at time of death.(17)

See WORK.



References



(1) RIAI council meeting minutes, 8 Nov 1867, 94.
(2) IB 12, 1 Oct 1870, 228. Might he be the architect named Freeman who is mentioned in Clonliffe College Archives MS p 1/2 as the architect, with G.C. Ashlin, of the Christian Brothers School in North King Street, 1868-70, and as the possible architect of Ballymount, Co. Dublin, RC Church, 1876-78?
(3) IB 21, 15 Jun 1879, 189; B 37, 21 Jun 1879, 682.
(4) B 22, 26 Jul 1879, 50.
(5) IB 23, 15 Jun 1881, 192.
(6) IB 24, 15 Jun 1882, 184.
(7) IB 44, 30 Jan 1902, 1015.
(8) IB 14, 15 May 1872, 149; Thom's directories.
(9) Thom's directories.
(10) RIAI council meeting minutes, 20 Nov 1867, 94; general meeting minutes, 21 Nov 1867, 213; 19 Dec 1867, 217; 16 Jan 1868, 218.
(11) RIAI council meeting minutes, 26 May 1879, 216.
(12) RIAI council meeting minutes, 4 Jun 1883, 228.
(13) RIAI council meeting minutes, 9 Nov 1885, 245; general meeting minutes, 12 Dec 1885, 281.
(14) Jones citing RIAI ?council meeting minutes, 304.
(15) from Thom's & Post Office directories unless otherwise stated.
(16) RIAI council meeting minutes, 8 Nov 1867, 94.
(17) See note 7, above.


18 work entries listed in chronological order for FREEMAN, DANIEL J.


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Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, BOLTON STREET, NO. 004-6 (EUROPEAN HOTEL)
Date: 1870
Nature: New billiard room, alts. & improvements.
Refs: IB 12, 1 Oct 1870, 228

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, SUFFOLK STREET, NO. 015
Date: 1870
Nature: New wine & spirit premises for Mssrs Quinn. Builder: Pat Monks.
Refs: IB 12, 1 Oct 1870, 228

Building: CO. DUBLIN, MALAHIDE, ST HELEN'S
Date: 1870
Nature: New farm buildings & stables, for Thomas Gaffney. Builder: Connolly & Son
Refs: IB 12, 1 Oct 1870, 228

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CLONTARF, DANESFIELD
Date: 1876
Nature: Works at same, for James Barrett. Builder: Arthurs.
Refs: IAA, PKS B07/36

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, FAIRVIEW, HOUSES (002)
Date: 1878
Nature: 2 houses, costing £1,200.
Refs: IAA, PKS B06a/60, A06 ( Jun 1878)

Building: CO. TIPPERARY, CLONULTY, CHURCH (RC?)
Date: 1879
Nature: New. Completed 1879. Builder: william Connolly & sons
Refs: B 37, 6 Sep 1879, 1007

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, GREEN STREET, COURT HOUSE
Date: 1879
Nature: DJF, as City Architect, submits pla for remodelling same at estimated cost of £t000 to Dublin Corporation General Purposes Committee, which directed him 'to submit a plan and estimate for the erection of a suitable building on the present site'.
Refs: Irish Times, 19 Dec 1879.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, DAWSON STREET, MANSION HOUSE (INCLUDING ROUND ROOM)
Date: 1880
Nature: Additions.
Refs: IAA, PKS A06 (Jan 1880)

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, PORTOBELLO HARBOUR, BATHS
Date: 1880
Nature: DJF prepares plans for proposed baths and washhouses. Estimated cost: £6,000.
Refs: Irish Times, 20 Dec 1880, 3.


Building: CO. DUBLIN, BALDOYLE, HOUSES (012)
Date: 1881
Nature: Tenders invited for erecting 12 cottages on estate of Finance and Leases Committee of Dublin Corporation. Tender of Connolly & Son (£1275) accepted.
Refs: Irish Times, 26 Jan 1881, 8, 8 Mar 1881, 3.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, WINETAVERN STREET, WHITEHORSE YARD, STABLES
Date: 1881
Nature: Stables for 24 horses, for Dublin Corporation. Tenders invited, Nov 1881.
Refs: Irish Times, 26 Nov 1881, 7.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, TARA STREET, PUBLIC BATHS
Date: 1884-1886
Nature: FS laid 17 Apr 1884. Contractors:(1)A. Hammond.(2)William Conolly & Son. Opened Jul 1886 by Lord Mayor.
Refs: IB 24, 25 Sep 1882, 275; 26, 1 May 1884, 128; 28, 15 Jul 1886, 207B 47, 13 Sep 1884, 372

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, BARRACK STREET, HOUSING
Date: 1885-88
Nature: Extensive block, just completed. Builders: R. Worthington (Block A) and Mssrs. Hammond (Block C). (Or ?Bolton)
Refs: IAA, PKS B14/14, A07 (Apr 1888); IB 27, 15 Oct 1885, ?; 30, 1 May 1888, 127;  Christine Casey, The Buildings of Ireland: Dublin (2005), 271.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, DAWSON STREET, MANSION HOUSE (INCLUDING ROUND ROOM)
Date: 1886
Nature: Iron porch, by 'Mssrs. McGloughlin' to designs of DJF.
Refs: IB 28, 1 Apr 1886, 106

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CAPEL STREET, PUBLIC LIBRARY
Date: 1887
Nature: Addition of top-lit reading room at rear of building.
Refs: IB 29, 15 Jul 1887, 210;  Christine Casey, The Buildings of Ireland: Dublin (2005), 106.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, HANOVER QUAY, CLEANSING DEPOT
Date: 1891
Nature: Tenders invited for erecting stables and other buildings at Hanover Quay and Marrowbone Lane cleansing depots for Dublin Corporation Cleansing Committee.
Refs: Irish Times, 16 Apr 1891.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, MARROWBONE LANE, CLEANSING DEPOT
Date: 1891
Nature: Tenders invited for erecting stables and other buildings at Hanover Quay and Marrowbone Lane cleansing depots for Dublin Corporation Cleansing Committee.
Refs: Irish Times, 16 Apr 1891.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, DAWSON STREET, MANSION HOUSE (INCLUDING ROUND ROOM)
Date: 1896
Nature: Wrought and cast-iron porch. Executed by J. & C. McGloughlin.
Refs: IB 38, 1 Mar 1896, 53