Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect and town planner, of Dublin. Frank Gibney was born on 20 April 1905, the son of Joseph Francis Gibney (b. 1877?) and his wife Eleanor (née Bassett). When he was eighteen he started working for his father, an architect who had been apprenticed to WILLIAM KAYE-PARRY WILLIAM KAYE-PARRY . After five years he became an assistant to FRANCIS PETER RUSSELL FRANCIS PETER RUSSELL , of Westmoreland Street. In 1930, when Russell was appointed one of the two engineers to the new Dublin County Board of Public Health (an amalgamation of the North and South Dublin Rural District Councils), Gibney took over his office at 16 Westmoreland Street. In the same year he won an open competition organized by the Association of Architects and Surveyors in London for a design for a city airplane hangar. The prize was a tour of Spain which he made in 1932. Other travels included a visit to Sweden in 1929, to the Chicago World's Fair in 1933 and to the Holy Land in 1935. During the early 1930s he was architect to the Balbriggan Town Commissioners and he also prepared plans for Waterford, Tralee, Drogheda, East Co. Meath, Navan and Tullamore. In 1938 he proposed a scheme of public works which included the building of a Dublin civil airport at Fairview, riverside promenades and the construction of a Marine Boulevard from Clontarf to Rush, Co. Dublin. At this time Gibney's stylistic preferences were the flat-roofed International Modern style and the gabled Arts & Crafts style of the Garden City movement. He was also a great admirer of the work of EDWIN LUTYENS EDWIN LUTYENS , whom he met at the laying of the foundation stone of Liverpool Catholic cathedral in 1933. All three influences are visible in Sutton South, the house which he designed for himself at Sutton, Howth, circa 1947. In his spare time he contributed cartoons to Dublin newspapers and to the English Architects' Journal. He also designed the cover of the Dublin Historical Record, to which he contributed several articles, having a particular interest in the history of Dublin

Gibney's later career falls outside the scope of this database. During the virtual cessation of building activity during the Second World War 'Emergency', his interest in planning and his vision for Ireland found expression in an ambitious proposal for a national survey (Suirbhéaracht Eireann) and his Framework for an Irish National Plan(1943), which suggested relocating the national capital to the centre of Ireland. He was also an advocate for the construction of clay houses.(2) Early in 1944 he was appointed planning consultant for the preparation of a town and regional planning scheme for Co. Cavan,(3) and he later worked for at least sixteen different local authorities It is for his post-war housing schemes and for the villages and developments which he designed for Bord Na Mona workers in the 1950s that he is now best remembered.

Frank Gibney died in 1978. He had married Patricia Byrne in September 1932 and had two sons and a daughter. His elder son, Frank, was also an architect and entered his practice.

Gibney's pupils and assistants included JAMES STANISLAUS JOSEPH WALL. JAMES STANISLAUS JOSEPH WALL.

Faculty of Architects and Surveyors: associate by 1937.
Incorporated Association of Architects: associate by 1937.
Institute of Registered Architects: member, 1936
Town Planning Institute: associate member, 1947; member, 1953

Addresses: Work: 16 Westmoreland Street, 1930->=1934; 29 Merrion Square, <=1937->=1960.
Home: Vista, Blackbanks, Raheny; Elmcot, 1 La Vista Avenue, Sutton.<=1942-1947; Sutton South, Carrickbrack Road, Baily, Howth, from 1948; Sutton South, Carrickbrack Road, Baily, Howth, and 8 Clyde Road, <=1955->=1956.

See WORKS, for works until 1940.



References

All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from an unpublished addendum by Fergal MacCabe (2005) to his article 'Urbanity and rurality - the Bord na Mona villages of Frank Gibney', Irish Architect No. 111 (Oct 1995), 41-45 (photocopy in IAA) , and from Thom's directories (incomplete run).

(1) See Thom's directories for 1933 and 1934.
(2) See IB 86, 17 Jun 1944, 241(illus.); another design for a rural cottage is in IB 86, 1 Jan 1944, 5-6.
(3) IB 86, 26 Feb 1944, 84.


41 work entries listed in chronological order for GIBNEY, FRANK


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Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, BAGGOT STREET LOWER, NO. 131-133, & PEMBROKE STREET LOWER, NO. 1½
Date:
Nature: Repairs, for O'Mahony Estate, Cork. Contractor: J. Brennan & Son.
Refs: IAA, PKS 0233

Building: CO. OFFALY, TULLAMORE
Date: 1930s
Nature: FG prepares town plan for.
Refs: Fergal McCabe, 'Urbanity and rurality - the Bord na Mona villages of Frank Gibney', Irish Architect No. 111 (Oct 1995), 41

Building: CO. MEATH, NAVAN
Date: 1930s
Nature: FG prepares town plan for Navan.
Refs: Fergal McCabe, 'Urbanity and rurality - the Bord na Mona villages of Frank Gibney', Irish Architect No. 111 (Oct 1995), 41

Building: CO. KERRY, TRALEE
Date: 1930s
Nature: FG prepares town plan for.
Refs: Fergal MacCabe, 'Urbanity and rurality - the Bord na Mona villages of Frank Gibney', Irish Architect No. 111 (Oct 1995), 41

Building: CO. WATERFORD, WATERFORD
Date: 1930s
Nature: FG prepares town plan for.
Refs: Fergal McCabe, 'Urbanity and rurality - the Bord na Mona villages of Frank Gibney', Irish Architect No. 111 (Oct 1995), 41

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CABRA, HOUSE
Date: 1931
Nature: Tenders invited for erection of new house.
Refs: Architect & Building News 128, 2 Oct 1931, 20

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, HENRIETTA LANE, STORES
Date: 1931
Nature: Plans for new stores, for A. Falkiner.
Refs: Architect & Building News 128, 23 Oct 1931, 105

Building: CO. GALWAY, CLIFDEN, DISTRICT HOPITAL
Date: 1931-32;1949
Nature: New hospital, 1931-31 (Contractor: Larkin?) Maternity annexe, c.1949 (Contractor: Edward Kelly & Co.).
Refs: IAA, PKS 0312, 0478, 0495; Architect & Building News 128, 13 Nov 1931, 199; unpublished addendum by Fergal MacCabe (2005) to his article 'Urbanity and rurality - the Bord na Mona villages of Frank Gibney', Irish Architect No. 111 (Oct 1995), 41-45

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, SANDYMOUNT, HOUSES (050)
Date: 1932
Nature: -
Refs: Unpublished addendum by Fergal MacCabe (2005) to his article 'Urbanity and rurality - the Bord na Mona villages of Frank Gibney', Irish Architect No. 111 (Oct 1995), 41-45

Building: CO. MONAGHAN, CLONES, HOUSES (114)
Date: 1932
Nature: -
Refs: Unpublished addendum by Fergal MacCabe (2005) to his article 'Urbanity and rurality - the Bord na Mona villages of Frank Gibney', Irish Architect No. 111 (Oct 1995), 41-45

Building: CO. GALWAY, MOUNTBELLEW, COLLEGE ROAD, PREMISES
Date: 1933
Nature: For Michael Kelly.
Refs: IB 75, 1 Jul 1933, 568

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, ASTON'S QUAY, PUBLIC HOUSE
Date: 1934
Nature: -
Refs: Fergal MacCabe, 'Frank Gibney - an Irish Architect and Planner (1905-1978)' (2005)

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, BOTANIC AVENUE, FACTORY
Date: 1934
Nature: -
Refs: Fergal MacCabe, 'Frank Gibney - an Irish Architect and Planner (1905-1978)' (2005)

Building: CO. DUBLIN, GLENAGEARY, HOUSES
Date: 1934
Nature: -
Refs: Fergal MacCabe, 'Frank Gibney - an Irish Architect and Planner (1905-1978)' (2005)

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, KIMMAGE, FORTFIELD ESTATE
Date: 1936
Nature: Proposed designs for 12 houses submitted to Dublin Board of Public Health, Aug 1936.
Refs: Fingal County Council, Public Health Housing Collection, no. 1654;  Fergal MacCabe, 'Frank Gibney - an Irish Architect and Planner (1905-1978)' (2005)

Building: CO. MONAGHAN, MONAGHAN, BELGIUM PARK, HOUSES (031)
Date: 1936
Nature: Houses in part of redevelopment of old workhouse known as Belgium Park.
Refs: Unpublished addendum by Fergal MacCabe (2005) to his article 'Urbanity and rurality - the Bord na Mona villages of Frank Gibney', Irish Architect No. 111 (Oct 1995), 41-45;  Kevin V. Mulligan, The Buildings of Ireland: South Ulster (2013), 473.

Building: CO. MAYO, DERRYPARK, CHURCH (RC)
Date: 1937
Nature: New church to be built.
Refs: IB 79, 18 Sep 1937, 838

Building: CO. OFFALY, BIRR, CHURCH OF ST BRENDAN (RC)
Date: 1937
Nature: Reconditioning. Decorative stonework by C.W. Harrison & Sons, Pearse St.
Refs: IB 79, 9 Jan 1937, 30;  advertisement for C.W. Harrison & Sons in JRIAI (1936), 69.  

Building: CO. DUBLIN, BALBRIGGAN, TOWN HALL
Date: 1937
Nature: Building resumed.
Refs: IB 79, 30 Oct 1937, 962

Building: CO. KILDARE, NAAS, DUBLIN ROAD, CARAIGBEAG
Date: 1939
Nature: '…a white rendered mass concrete flat roofed open plan house with Crittall windows…which directly adjoins a house in a more traditional mode with a steep pitched roof and bay windows'.
Refs: Unpublished addendum by Fergal MacCabe (2005) to his article 'Urbanity and rurality - the Bord na Mona villages of Frank Gibney', Irish Architect No. 111 (Oct 1995), 41-45

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, PEMBROKE STREET, NO. 010
Date: 1941
Nature: Repairs, for O'Mahony Estate (Cork).
Refs: IAA, PKS 0424

Building: CO. KILKENNY, CLONEEN (CASTLECOMER), HOUSE
Date: 1944a
Nature: Clay-built, thatched cottage, for Capt. Prior-Wandesford, Castlecomer Collieries. Built entirely by local craftsmen.
Refs: IB 86, 17 Jun 1944, 241(illus.)

Building: CO. DUBLIN, ASHTOWN, ASHTOWN TIN BOX CO.
Date: 1945
Nature: New canteen builidng.
Refs: IAA, PKS 0368

Building: CO. DUBLIN, ASHTOWN, GLOVE FACTORY
Date: 1945
Nature: New glove factory, for George Horne.
Refs: IAA, PKS 0369

Building: CO. GALWAY, BALLINASLOE, JUBILEE STREET (& TEA LANE), HOUSES (036)
Date: 1945-1952
Nature: 36 new houses, for Ballinasloe UDC. Contractor: Michael Kenny. Work supervised by G. Lee, county surveyor.
Refs: IAA, PKS 0209, 0551

Building: CO. MEATH, KELLS, CINEMA
Date: 1946
Nature: -
Refs: Unpublished addendum by Fergal MacCabe (2005) to his article 'Urbanity and rurality - the Bord na Mona villages of Frank Gibney', Irish Architect No. 111 (Oct 1995), 41-45

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, DISTILLERY ROAD, GOODALL (IRE) LTD
Date: 1946-48
Nature: Factory conversion. Contractors: Collins & Rooney.
Refs: IAA, PKS 0240, 0533

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CARRICKBRACK ROAD (HOWTH), SUTTON SOUTH
Date: 1948ca
Nature: New house for himself.
Refs: Fergal MacCabe, 'Urbanity and rurality - the Bord na Mona villages of Frank Gibney', Irish Architect No. 111 (Oct 1995), 45(illus.)

Building: CO. GALWAY, BALLINASLOE, GALWAY ROAD, HOUSING SCHEME
Date: 1950s
Nature: -
Refs: Fergal MacCabe, 'Urbanity and rurality - the Bord na Mona villages of Frank Gibney', Irish Architect No. 111 (Oct 1995), 41

Building: CO. CLARE, ENNIS, CLARECASTLE HOUSING SCHEME
Date: 1950s
Nature: -
Refs: Fergal MacCabe, 'Urbanity and rurality - the Bord na Mona villages of Frank Gibney', Irish Architect No. 111 (Oct 1995), 41

Building: CO. WESTMEATH, ROCHFORTBRIDGE, BORD NA MONA VILLAGE
Date: 1952ca
Nature: 98 houses.
Refs: Fergal McCabe, 'Urbanity and rurality - the Bord na Mona villages of Frank Gibney', Irish Architect No. 111 (Oct 1995), 42(illus.)

Building: CO. OFFALY, KILCORMAC, BORD NA MONA HOUSING SCHEME
Date: 1952ca
Nature: 105 houses.
Refs: Fergal McCabe, 'Urbanity and rurality - the Bord na Mona villages of Frank Gibney', Irish Architect No. 111 (Oct 1995), 42 (illus.)

Building: CO. LONGFORD, DERRAGHAN, BORD NA MONA HOUSING SCHEME
Date: 1952ca
Nature: 23 houses. Contractor: Michael Kelly & Sons.
Refs: Architectural Survey 1953, 29 (illus.); Fergal McCabe, 'Urbanity and rurality - the Bord na Mona villages of Frank Gibney', Irish Architect  No. 111 (Oct 1995), 42

Building: CO. OFFALY, BRACNAGH, BORD NA MONA HOUSING SCHEME
Date: 1952ca
Nature: 50 houses. Contractor: Michael Kelly & Sons.
Refs: Architectural Survey 1953, 28-29(illus.); Fergal McCabe, 'Urbanity and rurality - the Bord na Mona villages of Frank Gibney', Irish Architect No. 111 (Oct 1995), 43(illus.)

Building: CO. ROSCOMMON, CLOONTUSKERT (MOUNT DILLON), BORD NA MONA VILLAGE
Date: 1952ca
Nature: 69 houses. Contractor: Gallagher, Furlong & Roarty.
Refs: Architectural Survey 1953, 28-29(illus.); Fergal McCabe, 'Urbanity and rurality - the Bord na Mona villages of Frank Gibney', Irish Architect No. 111 (Oct 1995), 43(illus.)

Building: CO. LONGFORD, LANESBOROUGH, BORD NA MONA HOUSING SCHEME
Date: 1952ca
Nature: 61 houses. Contractor: P.J. McLoughlin & Co.
Refs: Architectural Survey 1953, 28-29 (illus.); Fergal McCabe, 'Urbanity and rurality - the Bord na Mona villages of Frank Gibney', Irish Architect No. 111 (Oct 1995), 42-43(illus.)

Building: CO. KILDARE, TIMAHOE, COILL DUBH BORD NA MONA VILLAGE
Date: 1952ca
Nature: 160 houses. Contractor: McInerney & Sons.
Refs: Architectural Survey 1953, 28-29 (illus.); Fergal MacCabe, 'Urbanity and rurality - the Bord na Mona villages of Frank Gibney', Irish Architect  No. 111 (Oct 1995), 43-44 (illus.)

Building: CO. DUBLIN, CASTLEKNOCK, DUNSINEA (AN FORAS TALUNTAIS)
Date: 1961
Nature: Research building.
Refs: IAA, PKS 0618

Building: CO. KILDARE, NAAS, DUBLIN ROAD, HOUSE
Date: ?
Nature: House with steep pitched roof and bay windows adjoining Carraigbeag.
Refs: Unpublished addendum by Fergal MacCabe (2005) to his article 'Urbanity and rurality - the Bord na Mona villages of Frank Gibney', Irish Architect No. 111 (Oct 1995), 41-45

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, BLACK BANKS (RAHENY), VISTA
Date: ?
Nature: House for himself preceding Elmcot (does not appear in directories)
Refs: Unpublished addendum by Fergal MacCabe (2005) to his article 'Urbanity and rurality - the Bord na Mona villages of Frank Gibney', Irish Architect No. 111 (Oct 1995), 41-45

Building: CO. LOUTH, DROGHEDA
Date: January 1940
Nature: FG prepares town plan for.
Refs: Frank Gibney, Drogheda Town Plan, IAA 2013/9.