Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Belfast. Patrick Gregory, a native of Belfast, was born in September 1886.(1) The 1911 census indicates that his parents had moved to Colorado by the time he was nine and had remained there for at least four years, but by the time of the census his mother had returned to Belfast with three of her children and was living with her sister who ran a grocery business.  Patrick was articled to JOHN J. O'SHEA  JOHN J. O'SHEA of Belfast and studied surveying under THOMAS PENTLAND THOMAS PENTLAND , also of Belfast. He commenced independent practice in Belfast in 1906, entering into partnership with J. NORMAN HALL  NORMAN HALL to form the practice of GREGORY & GREGORY & amp; HALL, which was working from 124 Donegall Street, Belfast, from circa 1907 until at least 1912. The partnership had ended by the beginning of 1913, when notices of works first appear in the Irish Builder under the name of Patrick B. Gregory only but still with the address of 124 Donegall Street. In 1920 the Downpatrick Town Commissioners appointed Gregory architect under their housing scheme.(2)

Gregory remained at 124 Donegall St until at least 1922 but by 1924 he had moved his office to 25 Gresham Street.(3) For a period of about five years, between 1931 and 1935, he worked from 3 College Square North,(4) but in 1936 he returned to 25 Gresham Street, where he remained for the rest of his life. From 1935(5) his name begins to appear in the Irish Builder in its Irish form also, as Padraig Gregory. In 1951 or 1952 he formed a partnership with his son Patrick Brian Gregory;(6) the practice was known thereafter as P. & B. Gregory.

Gregory died in 1962, survived by his wife, five sons and a daughter. A committed Catholic, he designed many Catholic churches throughout Northern Ireland and was responsible for the original scheme for the Cathedral of Christ the King in Johannesburg. In addition to his architectural interests, he is described as having been 'a poet, folklorist, art and literary critic and sacred dramatist'.(7) He was associated with the Ulster Literary Theatre since its inception in 1916 and was a collector of traditional Irish music. He was awarded an honorary LL.D. by the National University of Ireland in 1942.(8)

RIAI: elected member, 1920.(9)
RIBA: elected licentiate, 11 May 1931, proposed by R.H. GIBSON  GIBSON and President and Hon. Sec. of RSUA;(10) fellow, ?1937.(11) RSUA: member by 1931.(12)

Addresses:(13) 124 Donegall Street, Belfast, 1907-<=1922;(14) 20 Gresham Street, 1911;  25 Gresham Street, <=1924-1931; 3 College Square North, 1931-1936; 25 Gresham Street, 1936-1962
Home: Killough, Co. Down;(15)  Marlborough Park Central, Belfast, at time of death.

See WORKS; see also GREGORY & GREGORY & amp; HALL.



References

All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the brief obituary of Gregory in IB 104, 23 Jun 1962, 491, and from Directory of British Architects 1834-1914 (RIBA 2001), I, 784.

(1) Capuchin Annual 11th Year, 365 (illustrated with portrait photo. of Gregory). An article by Gregory on Ulster's contribution to Anglo-Irish literature is in the same issue (p.218).
(2) IB 62, 10 Apr 1920, 233.
(3) Information from RIAI lists of members.
(4) Information from RIAI lists of members.
(5) The first reference to him as Padraig Gregory is in IB 77, 24 Aug 1935, 757.
(6) Brian Gregory passed the RIBA final exam in 1951.(IB 93, 18 Aug 1951, 874)
(7) See note 1, above.
(8) IB 84, 1 Aug 1942, 274.
(9) JRIAI (1921), 2.
(10) RIBAJ 38 (1931), 428,518.
(11) He first appears as FRIBA in RIAI list of members for 1938.
(12) See note 10, above.
(13) From RIAI lists of members unless otherwise stated.
(14) IB 55, 21 Jun 1913, 416.
(15) See note 10, above.


58 work entries listed in chronological order for GREGORY, PATRICK (PADRAIG) BERNARD


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Building: CO. DOWN, BANBRIDGE, HILL STREET, ASSEMBLY HALL & BILLIARD ROOM
Date: 1913-14
Nature: New hall for Catholic and Nationalis community in Banbridge district.  FS laid 3 Jan 1914. Builder: Patrick McAleenan, JP, Castlewellan. Contractor: P. McAleenan, Castlewellan.
Refs: Freeman's Journal, 5 Jan 1914;  IB 55, 21 Jun,19 Jul 1913, 416,476; 56, 17 Jan 1914, 44

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ALFRED STREET, ST MALACHY'S CHURCH (RC)
Date: 1926
Nature: Larmour thinks that renovation of 1926 (mosaic sanctuary floor, perpendicular tracery screen on E. wall &c) 'looks like the work of Padraic Gregory'. New altar, rails, pulpit and sanctuary, fifts of Mr & Mrs Hugh Donaghy, ded. 3 Oct 1926.
Refs: Catholic Directory (1927), 617; Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 10 (no. 17); Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical Gazetteer (UAHS, 1993), 9

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, AYRES STREET, PREMISES
Date: 1926
Nature: Alts. for Mr. J. Farrell. Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 68, 7 Aug 1926, 619

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CASTLE LANE, PREMISES (BODEGA CO. LTD.)
Date: 1926
Nature: Alts. Plans approved by Acting City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 68, 15 May 1926, 394

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, COLLEGE COURT, STORES (W.F. CLOKEY & CO.)
Date: 1926
Nature: For W.F. Clokey & Co. Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 68, 6 Feb 1926, 98

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, COLLEGE SQUARE NORTH, HOUSE
Date: 1926
Nature: Alts. for J.F. Maguire. Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 68, 17 Apr 1926, 310

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DONEGALL ROAD, SHOP & HOUSE
Date: 1926
Nature: For Mr Antonio Forte. Plans approved by Acting City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 68, 15 May 1926, 394

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, FALLS ROAD, SHOP & HOUSE
Date: 1926
Nature: For Mr D.A. Forte.
Refs: IB 68, 11 Dec 1926, 921

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, FALLS ROAD, ST MARY'S DOMINICAN CONVENT
Date: 1926
Nature: Extension of John O'Neill's main block of 1868-70.
Refs: IB 68, 1 May 1926, 354; Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 39 (no. 79)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, FALLS ROAD, ST MARY'S DOMINICAN CONVENT SCHOOL
Date: 1926
Nature: Adds, for authorities of St Mary's Convent School. Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 68, 21 Aug 1926, 646

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, LEPPER STREET, NORTH END RECREATION CLUB
Date: 1926
Nature: New club rooms. Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 68, 6 Mar 1926, 178

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, FALLS ROAD, ST MARY'S DOMINICAN CONVENT
Date: 1926-30
Nature: Chapel. Opened 5 Oct 1930. Baldacchino added, 1935.
Refs: Catholic Directory (1931), 634; Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 82(no. 188, illus.)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, COLLEGE SQUARE NORTH, PREMISES
Date: 1927
Nature: Alts. & adds.f for L.J. Maguire. Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 69, 10 Dec 1927, 918

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, NEWTOWNARDS ROAD UPR (BALLYHACKAMORE), CHURCH OF ST COLMCILLE (RC)
Date: 1927
Nature: Addition of apse, for Rev. J.P. Napier. Tenders invited Aug 1927.
Refs: IB 69, 6, 20 Aug 1927, 478,616

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, NORTH STREET, SHOP, OFFICE & STORE
Date: 1927
Nature: For Mr. J.F. McGill. Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 69, 20 Aug 1927, 616

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, SPRINGFIELD AVENUE, DIVIS VIEW RECREATION CLUB
Date: 1927
Nature: Recreation hall, for Divis View Recration Club. Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 69, 29 Oct 1927, 801

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, COLLEGE SQUARE NORTH, OFFICES
Date: 1928
Nature: Conversion from house.
Refs: IB 70, 21 Jan 1928, 69

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, KING STREET, PREMISES
Date: 1928
Nature: Alts.
Refs: IB 70, 10 Nov 1928, 964

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, NORTH STREET, SHOP, OFFICE & STORE
Date: 1928
Nature: Alts.
Refs: IB 70, 17 Mar 1928, 240

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, WOODBURN DRIVE, HOUSE
Date: 1928
Nature: Adds.
Refs: IB 70, 7 Jul 1928, 591

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, NEWTOWNARDS ROAD (& CLONALLEN STREET), SHOPS & HOUSES (002)
Date: 1929
Nature: -
Refs: IB 71, 7 Dec 1929, 1092

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, NORTH STREET, PREMISES (VARIOUS)
Date: 1929
Nature: Alts.
Refs: IB 71, 3 Aug 1929, 703

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, GARMOYLE STREET (& SHOP STREET), PREMISES
Date: 1930
Nature: Alts.
Refs: IB 72, 1 Mar 1930, 200

Building: CO. TYRONE, CARRICKMORE, CHURCH OF ST COLUMBA (RC)
Date: 1931
Nature: Alts.
Refs: IB 73, 1 Aug 1931, 685

Building: CO. DOWN, DRUMANESS (BALLYNAHINCH), CHURCH OF CHRIST THE KING (RC)
Date: 1932
Nature: Designs for same?
Refs: B of I

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ALFRED STREET, ST MALACHY'S CHURCH (RC)
Date: 1932
Nature: Lourdes shrine in porch.
Refs: Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 10 (no. 17); Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical Gazetteer (UAHS, 1993), 9

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CHAPEL LA (& BANK STREET), GARAGES (012)
Date: 1932
Nature: For John McAllister.
Refs: IB 74, 3 Dec 1932, 1091

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DERAMORE DRIVE, HOUSE
Date: 1932
Nature: Adds., for John McAllis;ter.
Refs: IB 74, 22 Oct 1932, 948

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DIVIS STREET (& TOWNSEND STREET), PREMISES
Date: 1932
Nature: Alts., for T. Maguiare.
Refs: IB 74, 22 Oct 1932, 948

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, SMITHFIELD (& MARKET STREET), PREMISES
Date: 1932
Nature: Alts., for Mrs Isabella Madden.
Refs: IB 74, 30 Jul 1932, 696

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, TOMB STREET, PREMISES
Date: 1932
Nature: Alts. for Mr Linden.
Refs: IB 74, 9 Apr 1932, 347

Building: CO. DOWN, KIRCUBBIN, SCHOOL
Date: 1933
Nature: New, for Rev. A.J. Neeson, PP.
Refs: IB 75, 30 Dec 1933, 1130

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DIVIS STREET, SHOPS & HOUSE
Date: 1933
Nature: Conversion of shop into lock-up and shop & dwelling house, for T. Maguire.
Refs: IB 75, 25 Feb 1933, 161

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ALFRED STREET, ST MALACHY'S PRESBYTERY?
Date: 1934
Nature: Alts.
Refs: IB 76, 6 Oct 1934, 865

Building: CO. TYRONE, CARRICKMORE, PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Date: 1935
Nature: New.
Refs: IB 77, 29 Jun 1935, 580

Building: CO. DERRY, PORTSTEWART, ST MARY'S DOMINICAN CONVENT
Date: 1935
Nature: Extensive new work, including chapel, dormitory wing and 3 large classrooms. FS laid 1935.
Refs: IB 77, 26 Jan,29 Jun 1935, 74,550; Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North West Ulster (1979), 460

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ARIZONA STREET, HOUSES (003)
Date: 1935
Nature: -
Refs: IB 77, 29 Jun 1935, 578

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CHAPEL LA (& BANK STREET), LOCK-UP SHOPS (002) & OFFICES
Date: 1935
Nature: -
Refs: IB 77, 10 Aug 1935, 715

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CHAPEL LA (& BANK STREET), SHOPS, STORE & DWELLING
Date: 1935
Nature: -
Refs: IB 77, 5 Oct 1935, 920

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CHAPEL LANE, SHOP & OFFICES
Date: 1935
Nature: Large block.
Refs: IB 77, 21 Sep 1935, 871

Building: CO. DERRY, COLERAINE, NURSERY AVENUE, CHURCH OF ST MALACHY (RC)
Date: 1935-37
Nature: New, with square tower over Lady Chapel and rose window at W end. Ballycullen & pre-cast stone. First sod cut Aug 1935. FS laid Apr 1936. Ded. June 1937. Builder: J. & R. Thompson, Belfast. £20,000.
Refs: IB 77, 1 Jun,24 Aug 1935, ?,757; 78, 4 Apr 1936, 274; ; 79, 12,26 Jun 1937, 518,586; W.D. Girvan, Coleraine & Portstewart (UAHS, 1972), 21; Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North West Ulster (1979), 206,Pl.125

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, NEWTOWNARDS ROAD UPPER, ST COLMCILLE'S CHURCH HALL (TEMPORARY)
Date: 1936
Nature: For parish of St Columcille (RC).
Refs: IB 78, 22 Aug 1936, 758

Building: CO. ANTRIM, PORTRUSH, CHURCH OF ST PATRICK (RC)
Date: 1936-37
Nature: Extension. FS laid Aug or Sep 1936. Ded. & re-opening Sep 1937. Builder: Hugh Taggart.
Refs: IB 78, 5 Sep 1936, 801; 79, 17 Apr 1937, 361

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, FALLS ROAD, CHURCH OF ST PAUL (RC)
Date: 1936-37;1939
Nature: Adds., including baptistry. Baldacchino, marble work and mortuary chapel.
Refs: IB 78, 14 Nov 1936, 1039; 79, 10 Jul 1937, 630; Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 91 (sub no. 213)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, WOODSTOCK ROAD, CHURCH OF ST ANTHONY (RC)
Date: 1936-8
Nature: New Neo-Gothic church to seat 800 with tower, narthex and apse. Ballycullen stone. Stained glass by Earley & Co., Dublin. Tenders invited Mar 1936. Opened Oct? 1938. Builder: P. & F. McDonnell, Fallswater Dr, Belfast.
Refs: IB 78, 21 Mar,2,30 May 1936, 250,391,481; 80, 29 Oct 1938, 914; Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 91 (no. 213, illus.)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, SOMERTON ROAD, NO. 073, CHURCH OF ST THÉRÈSE DE L'ENFANT (RC)
Date: 1936-9
Nature: New church (on site of Lisbreen?). Tenders invited, May 1936. FS laid Jan or Feb 1937. Ded. May 1938. Builder: J. & R. Thompson, Belfast.
Refs: IB 78, 2 May,13 Jun 1936, 390,523; 80, 28 May 1938, 440; Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 91 (sub no. 213)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CHAPEL LANE, CHURCH OF ST MARY (RC)
Date: 1936;1939-41;19
Nature: Improvements, 1936. New staircase, apse, confessionals and sacristy, 1940-41. Lourdes grotto and campanile in garden by P.& B. Gregory, 1953-4.
Refs: IB 78, 31 Oct 1936, 993; 81, 25 Nov 1939, 967; 82, 3 Feb,31 Aug 1940, 82,545; Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 38 (no. 77, illus.); Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical Gazetteer (UAHS, 1993), 58-59

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DEVONSHIRE STREET, DANCE HALL
Date: 1937
Nature: Conversion from garage.
Refs: IB 79, 1 May 1937, 402

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BALLYMENA, BRAID, PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Date: 1938
Nature: New. Opened May 1940. Builder: Charles McKenty & Son, Carnlough. £2,500.
Refs: IB 80, 24 Dec 1938, 1078; 82, 25 May 1940, 350

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ANTRIM ROAD (NEW STREET OFF), HOUSE
Date: 1938
Nature: By 'O.B. Gregory'.
Refs: IB 80, 3 Sep 1938, 753

Building: CO. TYRONE, CREGGAN, CHURCH OF BLESSED OLIVER PLUNKETT (RC)
Date: 1939-1940
Nature: FS laid Nov 1939.
Refs: IB 81, 11 Nov 1939, 936; illus. in http://armagharchdiocese.org/parishes/34-parishes/107-termonmaguirc-carrickmore-loughmacrory-a-creggan (2008)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, AGHAGALLON, CHURCH (RC, NEW)
Date: 1941-42
Nature: New. FS laid Jun or Jul 1941. Opened Oct 1942. Builder: J.J.McDonnell, Belfast. £20,000.
Refs: IB 83, 15 Mar,5 Jul 1941, 144,332

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DERBY STREET, ST PETER'S PRO-CATHEDRAL (RC)
Date: 1946
Nature: Enlargement of north and south porches to make side chapels, high altar & baldacchino.
Refs: Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 23 (no. 41)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, GARRON TOWER
Date: 1950p
Nature: Restoration of house which was gutted by fire between the wars. Foundations of chapel of the Immaculate Conception laid 1954.
Refs: IB 96, 31 Jul 1954, 749; C.E.B. Brett, Historic Buildings…in the Glens of Antrim (UAHS, 1971), 23; Mark Bence-Jones, Burke’s Guide to Country Houses. Volume I, Ireland. (London, 1978), 132

Building: CO. TYRONE, TULLYALLAN, CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION (RC)
Date: 1952
Nature: Rustic brick, Norman style.
Refs: IB 75, 23 May 1953, 521; Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North West Ulster (1979), 330

Building: SOUTH AFRICA, JOHANNESBURG, CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE KING (RC)
Date: 1953-1960;1962
Nature: Opened late 1960. Wooden baldacchino, 1962.
Refs: IB 95, 23 May 1953, 521(illus.); 102, 12 Nov 1960, 845; 104, 9 Jun 1962, 457(illus.)

Building: CO. DOWN, CARRYDUFF, CHURCH OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY (RC)
Date: ?
Nature: -
Refs: IB 75, 23 May 1953, 521

Building: CO. ANTRIM, DUNMURRY, CHURCH OF ST ANNE (RC)
Date: ?
Nature: -
Refs: IB 75, 23 May 1953, 521