Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

William Hastings, who was born in 1814,(1) was Surveyor of Works for the Borough of Belfast from 1849 until 1857.(2) He appears to have worked largely privately for the remainder of his career, although he is styled 'architect to the town council' in the Irish Builder in 1868(3) and was still doing work for Belfast Corporation as late as 1879. He died in 1892.(4) He appears to have been related to EBENEZER HASTINGS  EBENEZER HASTINGS and JOSEPH HASTINGS JOSEPH HASTINGS , who are commemorated on a plaque which William Hastings erected in 1860 in the family plot in the Clifton Street graveyard.(5) His widow, Ellen, second daughter of John Rogers, J.P., of Eden-a-Grena, Belfast, died in 1894 at Craigfernie Terrace, Lisburn Road, Belfast.(6)


Addresses: Town surveyor's Office, 8 North Queen Street, Belfast, 1852;(7) 26 Victoria Street, 1861;(8) Victoria Hall, 1864;(9) 64 Victoria Street, Feb 1866;(10)  Great Victoria Street, 1866;(11) Victoria Street, 1868.(12)
Home: Mount Pottinger, 1861;(13) Academy Street, 1870.

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References



(1) Information from C.E.B. Brett's architects files.
(2) Jones transcript from Thom's directories; J.J. Montgomery was appointed to the position in 1861.
(3) IB 10, 1 Jun 1868, 135.
(4) See note 1, above.
(5) A.C.W. Merrick & R.S.J. Clarke, Old Belfast families and the New Burying ground (Ulster Historical Foundation, 1991), 125-6.
(6) Belfast Weekly News, 5 May 1894.
(7) Belfast & Province of Ulster Directory 1852.
(8) Belfast & Province of Ulster Directory 1861-62.
(9) DB 4, 15 Jul 1864, 144.
(10) PRONI, D3136/T/A/7 (see PRONI e-catalogue).
(11) DB 8, 1 Feb 1866, 42.
(12) List of subscribers to D. Dunlop, ed., Memoir of the professional life of William J. Barre (1868).
(12) See note 6, above.
(13) Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1993), 1.


28 work entries listed in chronological order for HASTINGS, WILLIAM [2]


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Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, TOWN HALL (PROPOSED)
Date: 1852
Nature: Model of proposed Corinthian town hall exhibited in council chamber. Intended site on W bank of Lagan above Queen's Bridge. Town council voted £25,000 for erection of same, but was not executed.
Refs: B 10, 17 Apr 1852, 245; 11, 9 Apr 1853, 235

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, GREAT VICTORIA STREET, BAPTIST CHURCH
Date: 1864-66ca
Nature: New 'Italian Gothic' church in red brick with stone dressings. In progress, Aug 1865. Opened 8 Apr 1866.
Refs: DB 6, 5 Jul 1864, 144; 7, 15 Aug 1865, 201; 8, 15 Apr 1866, 106; IB 9, 15 Jan 1867, 21; Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 42 (sub no. 87); Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1993), 173

Building: CO. DOWN, KNOCKBRACKEN (NEWTOWNBREDA), MANSE
Date: 1866
Nature: New manse to be erected.
Refs: DB 8, 1 Feb 1866, 42

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, SYDENHAM, HOUSE
Date: 1866
Nature: Tenders inviated for erecting new villa.
Refs: DB 8, 15 Jun 1866, 161

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, VICTORIA STREET, NO. 034 (LYTLE'S WAREHOUSES)
Date: 1866-68
Nature: One of a pair of 4-storey stone warehouses. For John Lytle. Builder: Fitzpatrick Bros. Sculpture by Thomas Fitzpatrick.
Refs: DB 8, 15 Mar 1866, 78; 9, 15 Jan 1867, 21; 10, 15 Jan,15 Jun 1868, 17,151(illus.); Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1993), 291(illus.),315(illus.),322-3

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, VICTORIA STREET, NO. 036-38 (LYTLE & MCCAUSLAND)
Date: 1866-68
Nature: One of a pair of 4-storey stone warehouses. For Samuel McCausland. Builder: Fitzpatrick Bros. Sculpture by Thomas Fitzpatrick.
Refs: Details of 2nd and 3rd storey windows, Feb 1866, in PRONI, D3136/T/A/7, see also PRONI, Fitzpatrick Bros. papers, D1905/1/1 (information from PRONI e-catalogue); DB 8, 15 Mar 1866, 78; 9, 15 Jan 1867, 21; 10, 15 Jan,15 Jun 1868, 17,151(illus.); Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1993), 322-3

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CASTLE PLACE, NO. 017-21 (THOMPSON'S RESTAURANT)
Date: 1867
Nature: 'a building whose style seems to partake of the Renaissance'. Red brick with stone dressings. For Mr Thompson. Builder: Fitzpatrick Bros.
Refs: IB 9, 15 Jan 1867, 21; Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 29 (no. 57, illus.); Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1993), 52(illus.),54

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DONEGALL STREET, NO. 003
Date: 1867
Nature: Four-bay, four-storey stucco facade with idosyncratic Mannerist decoration
Refs: Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 31 (no. 59, illus.); Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1993), 125,147(illus.)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, LARNE, DROAGH COTTAGE
Date: 1867
Nature: Proposed alterations, for Sir Edward Coey.
Refs: Signed plans and elevations, 1867, in PRONI, D2977/37/2/1/2A,B (see PRONI e-catalogue).

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, MCAULEY STREET, ABATTOIR
Date: 1868-69
Nature: New abattoir, 240ft long, modelled on Paris abattoir. Builder: Martin & Sons. Approaching completion Jun 1868. Cost: £4,000. (Replaced 1913.)
Refs: IB 10, 1 Jun 1868, 135; 11, 1 Jan 1869, 9; Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1993), 222

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CASTLEREAGH STREET, MOUNTPOTTINGER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Date: 1868-9
Nature: High-Victorian round arched church.
Refs: Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 31 (no. 60, illus.)

Building: CO. TYRONE, DRUM MANOR (KILDRESS)
Date: 1869
Nature: Rebuilding, incorporating old house. Large central hall with gallery chief feature. For Viscount Stuart. Builder: John Murphy, Belfast. Builder's representative: Robert Flanagan. Clerk of Works: Mr Henry. Cost circa £10,000.
Refs: IB 11, 15 Nov 1869, 260,261(illus.);  Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North West Ulster (1979), 327.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DUNDELA, HOUSE
Date: 1869
Nature: New villa, for N. Ferguson, Esq., 'in a commanding position' on rising ground overlooking Belfast Lough.. Red brick and Cookstown stone.
Refs: IB 11, 15 Mar 1869, 68,69(illus.)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, GASWORKS
Date: 1869
Nature: Extension. Builder: Monck & Co.
Refs: IB 11, 1 Jan 1869, 9

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, QUEEN STREET, NO. 023-29 (CORPORATION GAS OFFICE)
Date: 1871
Nature: 3-storey, for Belfast Corporation.
Refs: Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1993), 272

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, WAREHOUSE
Date: 1871
Nature: -
Refs: Drawings of pilasters for same illus. inB 29, 18 Feb 1871, 124,126.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, NORTH QUEEN STREET, CLIFTON HOUSE (BELFAST CHARITABLE SOCIETY)
Date: 1872
Nature: Addition of Benn wing, for Edward Benn of Glenravel House.
Refs: Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1993), 241

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DONEGALL STREET, NO. 059 (BELFAST NEWS LETTER)
Date: 1872-74
Nature: 4-storey Gothic. Front of rubbed Glasgow freestone. Completed 1874. Contractor: McCracken & Co. Metalwork by Riddel & Co.
Refs: Downpatrick Recorder 25 Apr 1874; Brett, 58; Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 43(no.90, illus.); Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1993), 126,148(illus.)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, BRONNEAU'S DANCING ACADEMY
Date: 1874
Nature: For Frederick Bronneau. £3,000.
Refs: IB 16, 15 Nov 1874, 319

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, GLENRAVEL STREET, BELFAST HOSPITAL FOR SKIN DISEASES
Date: 1874
Nature: Edward Benn of Glenravel House has offered to build new hospital. Ground taken in Glenravel St and building to be started shortly. (But did he build the Samaritain Hospital, Lisburn Rd,q.v., instead?)
Refs: Architect 12, ? ? 1874, 22

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, LOMBARD STREET, NO. 010-14 (ROBB & CO)
Date: 1874
Nature: Five-storey . Demolished 1991.
Refs: Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 45 (no. 96, illus.); Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1993), 218

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, LISBURN ROAD, SAMARITAN HOSPITAL
Date: 1874-1875
Nature: New 3-storey Italianate hospital. Red brick faced with Dungannon freestone. Statue of benefactor, Edward Benn, in niche over entrance. FS laid Aug? 1874.. Approaching completion, Mar 1875. Builder: Dixon & Co., Clifton St.
Refs: IB 16, 1 Sep 1874, 240; B 32, 29 Aug 1874, 737; 33, 27 Mar 1875, 284

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, LOWER CRESCENT (& UNIVERSITY ROAD), LADIES' COLLEGIATE SCHOOL (VICTORIA COLLEGE)
Date: 1876
Nature: Block at E end.
Refs: Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 12 (no. 22)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, WELLINGTON PARK, NO. 015
Date: 1876
Nature: 3-storey red brick terrace house.
Refs: Paul Larmour, The Architectural Heritage of Malone & Stranmillis (UAHS, 1991), 178,181(illus.)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, WELLINGTON PARK, NO. 017
Date: 1876
Nature: 3-storey red brick terrace house.
Refs: Paul Larmour, The Architectural Heritage of Malone & Stranmillis (UAHS, 1991), 178,181(illus.)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, WELLINGTON PARK, NO. 013
Date: 1877
Nature: 3-storey stuccoed terrace house.
Refs: Paul Larmour, The Architectural Heritage of Malone & Stranmillis (UAHS, 1991), 178,181(illus.)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, PETER'S HILL, PUBLIC BATHS
Date: 1879
Nature: New baths and wash-houses. Brick with stone dressings and terra-cotta bands. Opened Sep 1879. Cost £4,000. (Demolished 1966.)
Refs: Brett, 62

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, LISBURN ROAD, BALMORAL SHOW GROUNDS
Date: 1889
Nature: Sheds & structures to be built, for North East Agricultural Association.
Refs: Architect 41 2 Feb 1889, suppl. p.1