Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

County surveyor for Co. Londonderry, 1834-1860. Stewart Gordon was appointed to the Co. Londonderry surveyorship in May 1834(1) and held it until his death in June 1860.(2) As surveyor to the Irish Society he made a valuation of the houses in Magherafelt, Co. Derry, in 1853 and prepared various designs for buildings on the Society's estates in the county.(3) He died on 17 June 1860(4) to be succeeded by RICHARD WILLIAMSON. RICHARD WILLIAMSON. (5)

ICEI: founder member, 1835;(6) council member, 1860.(7)

Addresses: Aberfoyle House, Londonderry, 1850-1860.(8)

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References



(1) Dublin Evening Post, 20 May 1834.
(2) DB 2, 1 Aug 1860, 314; according to Jones's transcripts from Thom's directories he was also town surveyor for the city of Derry from 1834-1855.
(3) J. Stevens Curl, The Londonderry Plantation 1609-1914 (Chichester, 1986), 327,331,412,414,419-20,422.
(4) Londonderry Standard, 21 Jun 1860 (B.O'D.).
(5) B 18, 1 Sep 1860, 558-9.
(6) Photocopy of transcript of minutes of first meeting of Engineers' Society of Ireland, 6 Aug 1835, in IAA, Jones File F73.
(7) Thom's Directory 1860.
(8) Jones's transcripts from Thoms's directories; but according to the biographical notes on Gordon in W.S. Ferguson, A.J. Rowan & J.J. Tracey, City of Derry (UAHS, 1970), 60, he lived at Dill House, near Magee College, circa 1856.


24 work entries listed in chronological order for GORDON, STEWART


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Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, GREAT JAMES'S STREET, 3RD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Date: 1835-37
Nature: Classical, with tetrastyle Ionic portico.
Refs: APSD 5, L, 134; Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North West Ulster (1979), 387,pl.103; Simon Walker, Historic Ulster Churches (Institute of Irish Studies, 2000), 81(illus.)

Building: CO. DERRY, COLERAINE, RECLAMATION OF SLOB & EMBANKMENT
Date: 1836
Nature: Carried out by Patrick Bourke, contractor, under superintendance of SG for Irish Society.
Refs: J. Stevens Curl, The Londonderry Plantation 1609-1914 (Chichester, 1986), 419

Building: CO. DERRY, COLERAINE-PORTRUSH ROAD, BRIDGES
Date: 1836ca
Nature: For Irish Society.
Refs: J. Stevens Curl, The Londonderry Plantation 1609-1914 (Chichester, 1986), 419

Building: CO. DERRY, MAGHERAFELT, BRIDEWELL
Date: 1839
Nature: New bridewell beside courthouse (on site of Linen Hall). Cost: £515.
Refs: J. Stevens Curl, The Londonderry Plantation 1609-1914 (Chichester, 1986), 325; www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/yourplace andmine/londonderry (ref. from Brendan O'Donoghue)

Building: CO. DERRY, DUNGIVEN CASTLE
Date: 1839
Nature: New castellated mansion for Robert Ogilby. Interior still unfinished in 1853. Attribution to SG suggested by Rowan, on basis of fact that style is identical to Gordon's adds. to prison at Derry.
Refs: Report of the Pellipar Estate (1853), 28,34; Ulster Journal of Archaeology Vol. 9, no. 3 (July 1903), 127; Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North West Ulster (1979), 266

Building: CO. ANTRIM, PORTRUSH, CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY (CI, BALLYWILLAN PARISH)
Date: 1839-1843
Nature: New church consisting of nave and tower. ( According to the defunct website http://www.holytrinityportrush.org.uk/about1.html, 'Building began in 1839 and the new church was consecrated in 1843. The cost of the original building was £1800, with £1733 of that (96%) being raised from voluntary donations.'.)
Refs: W.D. Girvan, Historic Buildings...in North Antrim (UAHS, 1972), 10(illus.),11;  W front also illus. in Claude Costegalde & Brian Walker, The Church of Ireland: an illustrated history (2013),  217.



Building: CO. ANTRIM, PORTRUSH, CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY (CI, BALLYWILLAN PARISH)
Date: 1839-1843
Nature: New church consisting of nave and tower. ( According to the defunct website http://www.holytrinityportrush.org.uk/about1.html, 'Building began in 1839 and the new church was consecrated in 1843. The cost of the original building was £1800, with £1733 of that (96%) being raised from voluntary donations.'.)
Refs: W.D. Girvan, Historic Buildings...in North Antrim (UAHS, 1972), 10(illus.),11;  W front also illus. in Claude Costegalde & Brian Walker, The Church of Ireland: an illustrated history (2013),  217.



Building: CO. ANTRIM, PORTRUSH, CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY (CI, BALLYWILLAN PARISH)
Date: 1839-1843
Nature: New church consisting of nave and tower. ( According to the defunct website http://www.holytrinityportrush.org.uk/about1.html, 'Building began in 1839 and the new church was consecrated in 1843. The cost of the original building was £1800, with £1733 of that (96%) being raised from voluntary donations.'.)
Refs: W.D. Girvan, Historic Buildings...in North Antrim (UAHS, 1972), 10(illus.),11;  W front also illus. in Claude Costegalde & Brian Walker, The Church of Ireland: an illustrated history (2013),  217.



Building: CO. ANTRIM, PORTRUSH, CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY (CI, BALLYWILLAN PARISH)
Date: 1839-1843
Nature: New church consisting of nave and tower. ( According to the defunct website http://www.holytrinityportrush.org.uk/about1.html, 'Building began in 1839 and the new church was consecrated in 1843. The cost of the original building was £1800, with £1733 of that (96%) being raised from voluntary donations.'.)
Refs: W.D. Girvan, Historic Buildings...in North Antrim (UAHS, 1972), 10(illus.),11;  W front also illus. in Claude Costegalde & Brian Walker, The Church of Ireland: an illustrated history (2013),  217.



Building: CO. DERRY, COLERAINE, BRIDGE OVER BANN
Date: 1841-44
Nature: Contractor: John Lynn, junior.
Refs: J. Stevens Curl, The Londonderry Plantation 1609-1914 (Chichester, 1986), 387; Gordon Wheeler, 'John Lynn - Architect/Contractor/Engineer', Lecale Miscellany (1997), 25

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, STRAND ROAD, 2ND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Date: 1847
Nature: Plain Gothic hall, with octagonal central tower. Opened 12 Mar 1848. (According to Kirkpatrick, gallery was added in 1885.)
Refs: Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North West Ulster (1979), 387; aurence Kirkpatrick, Presbyterians in Ireland: an illustrated history (Booklink, 2006), 201(illus.).


Building: CO. DERRY, COLERAINE, CASTLEROCK ROAD, COURT HOUSE
Date: 1850-52
Nature: Attr. to SG by Rowan and Brett; closely resembles Presbyterian Church in Great James St, Derry. Complaints in IB, 1871, about its 'glaring structural defects'.
Refs: B 9, 19 Apr 1851, 254; IB 12, 15 Jan 1871, 23; W.D. Girvan, Historic Buildings…in Coleraine and Portstewart (UAHS, 1972), 15(illus.),25; C.E.B. Brett, Court Houses and Market Houses of the Province of Ulster (UAHS, 1973), 84; Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North West Ulster (1979), 207; J. Stevens Curl, The Londonderry Plantation 1609-1914 (Chichester, 1986), 390,pl.314

Building: CO. DERRY, COLERAINE, WATERSIDE, HOUSES
Date: 1850ca
Nature: Designed by Angell, supervised by Stewart Gordon.
Refs: J. Stevens Curl, The Londonderry Plantation 1609-1914 (Chichester, 1986), pl.313

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, STRAND ROAD, MARKET
Date: 1852
Nature: Addition market accommodation to be built at the Queen's \Yard to plans by county surveyor.
Refs: B 10, 11 Dec 1852, 786

Building: CO. DERRY, COLERAINE, INFANT SCHOOL
Date: 1855
Nature: New. Contractor: Coyle.
Refs: J. Stevens Curl, The Londonderry Plantation 1609-1914 (Chichester, 1986), 420

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, NORTHLAND ROAD, MAGEE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE
Date: 1856-65
Nature: SG resident architect, responsible for completion of building begun to designs of E.P. Gribbon.
Refs: DB 2, 1 May 1860, 250; 4, 1 Aug 1862, 194,195(illus.); APSD 5, L, 134; Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North West Ulster (1979), 390, pl.117

Building: CO. DERRY, COLERAINE, DIAMOND, TOWN HALL
Date: 1857-59
Nature: Reconstruction, designed by Thomas Turner. SG supervised work and acted as consultant architect.
Refs: J. Stevens Curl, The Londonderry Plantation 1609-1914 (Chichester, 1986), 420-22,pl.363

Building: CO. DERRY, BALLOUGHRY BOG, COTTAGES (004) AND FARM HOUSES (007)
Date: 1858
Nature: SG prepares plans for Irish Society to be built here and at Dubby Holes, Molenan.
Refs: J. Stevens Curl, The Londonderry Plantation 1609-1914 (Chichester, 1986), 414

Building: CO. DERRY, MOLENAN, DUBBY HOLES, COTTAGES (4) AND FARM HOUSES (7)
Date: 1858
Nature: SG prepares plans for Irish Society to be built here and at Balloughry Bog.
Refs: J. Stevens Curl, The Londonderry Plantation 1609-1914 (Chichester, 1986), 414

Building: CO. DERRY, KILLEA, FARM DWELLING HOUSE
Date: 1859
Nature: For Thomas McConnell. House actually built at Molenan.
Refs: J. Stevens Curl, The Londonderry Plantation 1609-1914 (Chichester, 1986), 414,pl.350

Building: CO. DERRY, COLERAINE, BOGHILL SCHOOL HOUSE
Date: 1859
Nature: Designs for Irish Society for proposed enlargement & proposed teacher's house
Refs: Signed drawing dated 24 Feb 1859 in Guildhall Library, London, repr. J. Stevens Curl, The Londonderry Plantation 1609-1914 (Chichester, 1986), pl. 345

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, RACE COURSE SCHOOL HOUSE
Date: 1859
Nature: Designs for Irish Society for proposed enlargement & proposed teacher's house
Refs: Signed drawing dated 13 April 1859 in Guildhall Library, London, repr. J. Stevens Curl, The Londonderry Plantation 1609-1914 (Chichester, 1986), pl. 344

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, THEATRE (OLD)
Date: 1860
Nature: Plans and sections for proposed conversion into place of worship.
Refs: J. Stevens Curl, The Londonderry Plantation 1609-1914 (Chichester, 1986), 412

Building: CO. DERRY, GRANSHA, SCHOOL
Date: ?
Nature: Plans for fee, non-denominational school, costing £126.15s.
Refs: A. Day, P. McWilliams & L. English, eds., Ordnance Survey Memoirs of Ireland Vol. 34, 41