Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Coleraine, Belfast and Dublin. James A. Hanna, who, according to the 1911 census, was born Co. Antrim in 1869 or 1870, started his architectural career in Coleraine, Co. Derry. By 1905 he had moved to Belfast,(1) where he was to remain for the rest of his career. Between 1920 and 1925 he also had an office at 29 Molesworth Street, Dublin; his son DENIS O'DONOGHUE HANNA  DENIS O'DONOGHUE HANNA was practising from this office in 1927, but it had been given up by 1930. Hanna continued to practise in Belfast until 1939, latterly in partnership with Denis O'Donoghue Hanna as James Hanna & Son. He had given up his office in the city by 1942, and appears to have died some time between 1942 and 1947. According to the 1911 census, he had married Ada Dugan circa 1900;  at that date Denis was their only child. His pupils and assitants included RICHARD DAVID GRAHAM  RICHARD DAVID GRAHAM and WILLIAM WYLIE HOUSTON.  WILLIAM WYLIE HOUSTON.

RSUA: member by 1937; no longer listed by 1947.
Society of Architects: member, 1909.(2)

Addresses: Work: Portrush Road, Coleraine, 1895;(3) Diamond, Coleraine, 1896-1900;(4) Ocean Buildings, Donegall Square East, Belfast, 1905-1920;(5) 29 Molesworth Street, Dublin, 1920-1923;(6) Wellington Place, Belfast, 1925;(7) 29 Wellington Place, 1927-1928;(8) Prudential Buildings, 3 Wellington Place, Belfast, 1929-1937;(9) 3 College Square, Belfast, 1939.
Home: 30 Church Road, Holywood, Co. Down, 1911; Fruitfield, Cottown, near Bangor, Co. Down, 1942.

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References

All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the lists of RSUA members in Thom's directories for 1937,1939,1942 and 1947.

(1) IB 47, 29 Jul 1905, 526.
(2) Albert C. Freeman, ed., The Architect's & Surveyor's Directory & Referendum (1910), 185.
(3) Derry Almanac (1895).
(4) Derry Almanac, 1896-1900.
(5) IB 47, 29 Jul 1905, 526; Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1993), 116.
(6) IB 62, 13 Mar 1920, 160; 65, 13 Jan 1923, 26.
(7) IB 67, 8 Aug 1925, 649.
(8) IB 69, 23 Jul 1927, 545; 70, 31 Mar,8 Dec 1928, 282,798.
(9) Architect & Building News 122, 5 Jul 1929, 26.


50 work entries listed in chronological order for HANNA, JAMES A.


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Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ANTRIM ROAD, ANTRIMVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH & SCHOOLS
Date: 1896-97
Nature: New church. Builder: Henry Laverty & Sons, Belfast. £3,700.
Refs: IB 38, 1 Dec 1896, 247,250; B 72, 29 May,23 Oct 1897, 489,332

Building: CO. DOWN, GROOMSPORT, BANGOR ROAD, GLENGANAGH
Date: 1900ca.
Nature: Gate lodge. for Samuel Kingan?
Refs: Marcus Patton, Bangor: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1999), 18

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BALLYMONEY, YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION
Date: 1903
Nature: New premises, consiting of reading room, parlour, dark room, classroom, recreation room opened 7 Dec 1903.
Refs: B 85, 19 Dec 1903, 639

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, BALMORAL AVENUE, NO. 090
Date: 1904
Nature: Edwardian 'free-style' house.
Refs: Paul Larmour, The Architectural Heritage of Malone & Stranmillis (UAHS, 1991), 32, 38(illus.)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CLIFTON PARK AVENUE, BAPTIST CHURCH
Date: 1904
Nature: -
Refs: Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 72 (sub no. 165)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, TENNENT STREET, BAPTIST CHURCH
Date: 1904
Nature: Tenders invited for erecting new church, Jan 1904.
Refs: B 86, 30 Jan 1904, 123; Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 72 (no. 165, illus.)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, HOWARD STREET SOUTH, NO. 006 (MORTON, WHITE & CO)
Date: 1905
Nature: Large warehouse being erected. Queen Anne style.
Refs: IB 47, 20 May 1905, 358; Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 77; Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1993), 199

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BALLYMONEY, TECHNICAL SCHOOL
Date: 1905-1906
Nature: New school. Tenders invited Jul 1905. Completed, Sep 1906. Contractor: Albert McMaster, Ballymoney.
Refs: IB 47, 29 Jul 1905, 526; 48, 22 Sep 1906, 768; B 89, 15 Jul 1905, 81

Building: CO. TYRONE, COOKSTOWN, WILLIAM STREET, SHOP & HOUSE
Date: 1906
Nature: Builder: Hugh Thompson. For H.W. McAdoo.
Refs: IB 48, 24 Mar 1906, 242

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, BRUCE STREET, NO. 017-21
Date: 1906-12
Nature: Four-storey brick warehouse.
Refs: Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 77 (sub no. 176); Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1993), 44

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ADELAIDE STREET, WAREHOUSE (ROBERT MCBRIDE & CO.)
Date: 1907
Nature: Additional warehouse for Robert McBride & Co. Builder: McAuley & McIlroy. (Is this the same as the one in Russell St & Joy St, qv.?)
Refs: IB 49, 20 Apr,15 Jun 1907, 288,425

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, RUSSELL STREET (& JOY STREET), ROBERT MCBRIDE & CO.
Date: 1908
Nature: Completed. £4,000. Builder: McAuley & McIlroy. (Is this the same as the one in Adelaide St, qv.?
Refs: IB 49, ? ? 1907, 288; 50, 18 Apr 1908, 245

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, MURRAY'S TERRACE (& ATHOL STREET), WAREHOUSES & LAUNDRY
Date: 1908-10
Nature: 3 separate warehouses & laundry for Belfast Linen Handkerchief Co. Apparently the same as the Glendinning McLeish & Co. warehouse? See Larmour and Patton.
Refs: IB 50, 31 Oct 1908, 669; 51, 23 Jan 1909, 50; 52, 19 Mar 1910, 181; ?59, 6 Jan 1917, 21 (photograph in advertisement); IA & C 1, 11 Mar,29 Apr 1911, 88,186; Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 77 (sub no 176); Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1993), 239

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, VICTORIA STREET, BAPTIST CHURCH
Date: 1909
Nature: Repairs. Contr: Scottish Steeplejacks Co, 18 Howard St, Belfast.
Refs: IB 51, 12 Jun 1909, 373

Building: CO. ANTRIM, WHITEHEAD, SEWERAGE SCHEME
Date: 1909
Nature: By 'Mr Hanna', possibly William Hanna. Contractor: R.D. Pollock, Bangor, Co. Down. £941.1s.9d.
Refs: IB 50, 2 My 1908, 285; 51, 13 Nov 1909, 734

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BALLYMENA, NATIONAL SCHOOL
Date: 1909-1910
Nature: New. Contractor: McIntyre Bros, Belfast.
Refs: B 96, 5 Jun 1909, 683; IB 51, 27 Nov 1909, 755; 52, 8 Jan 1910, 21

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, BOYNE BRIDGE, WAREHOUSE (BARRY & CO)
Date: 1910
Nature: For Barry & Co, sacking manufacturers.
Refs: IB 52, 19 Mar 1910, 181

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, BOYNE STREET, WAREHOUSE
Date: 1910
Nature: New.
Refs: IB 52, 19 Mar 1910, 181

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, SANS SOUCI PARK, NO. 026
Date: 1910
Nature: For Acheson Glendinning.
Refs: Paul Larmour, The Architectural Heritage of Malone & Stranmillis (UAHS, 1991), 155

Building: CO. ARMAGH, LURGAN, DEMESNE, HOUSE (THE DEMESNE?)
Date: 1910-11
Nature: Villa and lodge. For ?James, ?John or ?Thomas Johnston. Contractors: McAuley & McIlroy. £3000. Is this the house built for Thomas B. Johnston called The Demesne by Mulligan and attributed by him and Harron to Young & Mackenzie?
Refs: IB 52, 16 Apr,14 May 1910, 253,318; 53, 27 May,24 Jun 1911, 362,430; IA & C 1, 22 Apr,13 May 1911, 183,215;  Kevin V. Mulligan, The Buildings of Ireland: South Ulster (2013), 439;  Paul Harron, Architects of Ulster: Young & Mackenzie, a transformational provincial practice 1850-1960 (Ulster Architectural Heritage Society, 2016), 212(illus.),213(illus.),330.


Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, GROSVENOR ROAD, NO. 013-17? (COUNTY DOWN WEAVING CO)
Date: 1910-11
Nature: Warehouse. Tender of H. & J. Martin accepted.
Refs: IB 52, 28 May 1910, 349; IA & C 1, 6 May 1911, 200; Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1993), 171(illus.),177

Building: CO. DOWN, WARINGSTOWN, WEAVING FACTORY (MSSRS WALPOLE)
Date: 1911
Nature: Extensive alts. Builder: McAuley & McIlroy.
Refs: IA & C 1, 18 Feb,4 Mar,20 May 1911, 56,75, 229;

Building: CO. ARMAGH, LURGAN, CHURCH PLACE, CHRIST CHURCH (CI, SHANKILL PARISH)
Date: 1911
Nature: Alts. & renovation.
Refs: IB 53, 15 Apr 1911, 246; IA & C 1, 8 Apr 1911, 145

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ?, WAREHOUSE (BAPTIST CORPORATION)
Date: 1911
Nature: New.
Refs: IA & C 1, 6 May 1911, 200

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ALFRED STREET, NO. 019-21 (WALPOLE BROS)
Date: 1911-12
Nature: New warehouse.
Refs: IA & C 1, 13 May 1911, 214; Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 77 (No. 176, illus.); Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1993), 6,27(illus.)

Building: CO. DOWN, BANGOR, HAMILTON ROAD, METHODIST CHURCH (WESLEY CENTENARY)
Date: 1912
Nature: Tenders to be invited shortly for alts. & adds.
Refs: IB 54, 20 Jan 1912, 52

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, COLLEGE COURT, WAREHOUSE (W.F. CLOKEY & CO.)
Date: 1916
Nature: For W.F. Clokey & Co. Builder: McLaughlin & Harvey.
Refs: IB 58, 29 Jan 1916, 53

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CROMAC STREET (& MAY STREET), NO. 002 (ULSTER BANK)
Date: 1919-1922
Nature: New 3-storey Portland stone & brick branch bank. Classical.
Refs: Drawing(s)seen by Hugh Dixon, 1972, formerly in Ulster Bank Premises Department, Belfast, UB/N12 and N/12/R (destroyed in bomb attack, 1972); Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 79 (no. 181, illus.)Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1993), 92

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CORPORATION STREET, CLARENDON MILL
Date: 1920
Nature: -
Refs: Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 77 (sub no. 176)

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, BAGGOT STREET LOWER, NO. 130 (ULSTER BANK)
Date: 1920-23
Nature: New bank premises on corner of Pembroke St (next to previous premises). Cut stone frontage. Builder: J. & P. Good. Clerk of Works: F.J. McCaulay.
Refs: IB 62, 13 Mar 1920, 160; 65, 13 Jan 1923, 26; illus. in advertisement for British Reinforced Concrete Engineering Co. Ltd in AR, May 1928.

Building: CO. DOWN, BANGOR, MAIN STREET, NO. 075 (ULSTER BANK)
Date: 1920a
Nature: New 4-storey Georgian style red brick bank with stucco ground floor, pilasters and pediments. Builder: Courtney & Co., Belfast.
Refs: Drawing(s) seen by Hugh Dixon, 1972, formerly in Ulster Bank Premises Department, Belfast, UB/N28 (destroyed in bomb attack, 1972);  IB 62, 11 Sep 1920, 589; Marcus Patton, Bangor: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1999), iii(illus.),121,123(illus.)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, WARING STREET, NO. 035-39 (ULSTER BANK)
Date: 1920s
Nature: Proposed internal renovations.
Refs: Drawing(s\) seen by Hugh Dixon, 1972, formerly in Ulster Bank Premises Department, Belfast, UB/N1A (destroyed in bomb attack, 1972).

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, COLLEGE GREEN, NO. 032-33 (ULSTER BANK)
Date: 1923
Nature: Enlargement. Clerk of Works: F.J. Macaulay.
Refs: IB 65, 13 Jan 1923, 26

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, O'CONNELL STREET LOWER, NO. 004 (ULSTER BANK)
Date: 1923
Nature: In destroyed area, 1916. Nearly complete. Builder: Collen Bros. Clerk of Works: F.J. Macaulay. Carving round oval windows on entrance front by Charles Harrison & Co.
Refs: IB 65, 13 Jan,10 Feb 1923, 26,101;  Christine Casey, The Buildings of Ireland: Dublin (2005), 217.


Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, BALLYNAFEIGH, METHODIST CHURCH
Date: 1923
Nature: Alterations
Refs: IB 65, 8 Sep 1923, 692

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, GREAT VICTORIA STREET, BAPTIST CHURCH
Date: 1923
Nature: Adds.
Refs: IB 65, 14 Jul 1923, 544

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BALLYMENA, WAVENEY HOSPITAL
Date: 1925
Nature: FS laid 28 Jul 1925. Builder: W.J. Campbell & Son. £3,000.
Refs: IB 67, 8 Aug 1925, 642,649

Building: CO. ANTRIM, LARNE, HOSPITAL
Date: 1925-1931
Nature: Conversion of old workhouse into hospital. Contractor: William Dowling, Cromwell Rd, Belfast. £25,000.
Refs: IB 67, 26 Dec 1925, 1053; 68, 4 Sep 1926, 682; 69, 25 Jun 1927, 473; 70, 31 Mar,26 May,15 Sep,8 Dec 1928, 282,465,798,1028,1055; 72, 4 Jan 1930, 19; 73, 11 Apr 1931, 324; 74, 19 Nov 1932, 1050

Building: CO. ARMAGH, LURGAN, LOUGH ROAD, LURGAN COLLEGE (WATTS ENDOWED SCHOOL)
Date: 1927
Nature: Adds. & alts. Tenders invited, Jul 1927.
Refs: Plans, elevations and sections of proposed alterations (2 copies)in PRONI, D1929/13/12A,B (see PRONI e-catalogue); IB 69, 23 Jul 1927, 545

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DONEGALL PASS, SHOP & HOUSE
Date: 1927
Nature: For Mr W.J. Chambers. Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 69, 20 Aug 1927, 616

Building: CO. GALWAY, KILCONNELL, RECTORY
Date: 1929
Nature: Reconstruction.
Refs: IB 71, 19 Jan 1929, 66

Building: CO. GALWAY, WOODLAWN, SCHOOL
Date: 1929
Nature: reconstruction.
Refs: IB 71, 19 Jan 1929, 66

Building: CO. GALWAY, WOODLAWN, PAROCHIAL HALL
Date: 1929
Nature: New.
Refs: IB 71, 19 Jan 1929, 66

Building: CO. DOWN, PORTAVO, HOUSE
Date: 1929
Nature: Large residence to be erected. Contractors: McAuley, McIlroy & Co, Belfast.
Refs: Architect & Building News 122, 5 Jul 1929, 26

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, WELLINGTON STREET, PREMISES
Date: 1929
Nature: Alterations.
Refs: IB 71, 17 Aug 1929, 747

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, LITTLE CHARLOTTE STREET, GARAGE
Date: 1930
Nature: Addition. By 'J.C. Hanna'.
Refs: IB 72, 5 Jul 1930, 604

Building: CO. DOWN, GROOMSPORT, CHURCH (CI)
Date: 1932
Nature: Addition of N & S transepts in Conlig stone with dressings of artificial stone and stained glass emblems by Denis O'Dea Hanna..
Refs: Architect & Building News 130, 24 Jun 1932, 472; IB 74, 2 Jul 1932, 614; Fred Rankin, ed., Clergy of Down and Dromore (Ulster Historical Foundation, 1996), 117-118(illus.); Marcus Patton, Bangor: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1999), 66.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, PETER'S HILL, PREMISES
Date: 1935
Nature: Designed by J.A. Hanna& Son.
Refs: IB 77, 5 Oct 1935, 920

Building: CO. FERMANAGH, BALLINAMALLARD, WATER SUPPLY SCHEME
Date: 1936
Nature: Designed by James A. Hanna & Son.
Refs: IB 78, 7 Mar 1936, 212

Building: CO. TYRONE, GORTIN, ULSTER BANK
Date: ?
Nature: New?
Refs: Signed, undated drawings seen by Hugh Dixon, 1972, formerly in Ulster Bank Premises Department, Belfast,, UB/N44 (destroyed in bomb attack, 1972).