Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Dublin. Basil Boyd Barrett, brother of JAMES RUPERT BOYD BARRETT JAMES RUPERT BOYD BARRETT , was born in Dublin on 19 September 1908, the son of James Charles Boyd Barrett, an electrical engineer. His mother, Mary Josephine, was a daughter of JOHN LOFTUS ROBINSON  JOHN LOFTUS ROBINSON and a sister of JOHN JOSEPH ROBINSON. JOHN JOSEPH ROBINSON. (1) Basil Boyd Barrett was educated in Dublin. In 1925 he became an apprentice in the office of JONES & JONES & amp; KELLY KELLY . He was an extern student at the School of Architecture at University College, Dublin, for two years, and attended the School of Art for four years. After working in the office of CHARLES DUNLOP CHARLES DUNLOP , he was appointed an assistant architect in the Office of Public Works circa 1934. The rest of his career was spent with the Office of Public Works, where his particular interest was school design. In 1947 he was appointed chief schools architect. His design for a new prototype school was exhibited in 1963.(2) In May 1968 he was promoted to deputy principal architect. He died the following year, on 10 October 1969, and was buried at Glasnevin Cemetery.(3) He left an estate of £40,321.(4) He had married Mary Josephine McMahon on 3 September 1937 but had no children.(5)

AAI:(6) elected member, 1926; no longer on list of members after 1939.
RIAI: probationer, 1930;(7) student, 1934;(8) final exam passed 1935;(9) winner of travelling scholarship, 1935;(10) elected member, 1935;(11) elected fellow, 1949.(12)

Addresses: 7 Upper Sherrard St, <=1926->=1932;(13)  St Fintan's, Sutton, at time of death.(14)

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References

All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the biography of Barrett in IB 77, 15 Jun 1935, ?, and the brief obituary in Oibre 8 (1970), 8; both articles are illustrated with portrait photographs.  See also the entry by Helen Andrews in Dictionary of Irish Biography, ed. by James McGuire and James Quinn, 9 vols. (Cambridge University Press, 2009), I, 298.


(1) Birth certificate in General Record Office, Dublin (information from Helen Andrews).
(2) IB 105, 28 Sep 1963, 739.
(3) Irish Times, 11 Oct 1969 (information from Helen Andrews).
(4) Unidentified newspaper cutting in Jones file.
(5) GRO (information from Helen Andrews).
(6) From AAI Green Books, lists of members.
(7) JRIAI (1931), 15;
(8) JRIAI (1935), 19.
(9) IB 77, 13 Jul 1935, 602.
(10) JRIAI (1936), 15.
(11) JRIAI (1936), 13;
(12) IB 92, 21 Jan 1950, 60.
(13) AAI lists of members. This was the house of Mrs Mary J. Boyd Barrett (his widowed mother?) from 1915 or earlier.
(14) See note 2, above.


35 work entries listed in chronological order for BARRETT, BASIL RAYMOND BOYD


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Building: CO. GALWAY, TYNAGH, NATIONAL SCHOOL
Date: 1945
Nature: -
Refs: IB 87, 28 Jul 1945, 370

Building: CO. GALWAY, GORT, CONVENT OF MERCY SCHOOL
Date: 1945-46
Nature: Reconstruction of girls' and infants' national school. Completed 1946. Cost: £15,000. Contractors: John Higgins and John McNally & Co. With J.M. Fairweather. Client: Rt. Rev. Monsignor Joseph Cassidy.
Refs: IAA, PKS 0247; IB 88, 21 Sep 1946, 606

Building: CO. GALWAY, ARAN ISLANDS, OATQUARTER NATIONAL SCHOOL
Date: 1946
Nature: New school with dry limestone walls. Cost, including playshed and furniture, £3,300.
Refs: RIAI Year book (1949), 34(illus.)

Building: CO. KILKENNY, BALLYRAGGET, GIRLS' SCHOOL
Date: 1949
Nature: -
Refs: IB 91, 15 Oct 1949, 956

Building: CO. CORK, MITCHELSTOWN, CHRISTIAN BROTHERS PRIMARY SCHOOL
Date: 1949
Nature: New school in course of construction. To cost about £11,000. Contractor: O'Keeffe & Son, Mallow.
Refs: IB 91, 5 Mar 1949, 216

Building: CO. MEATH, SKRYNE, ST COLUMCILLE'S NATIONAL SCHOOL
Date: 1950
Nature: New 4-classroom school for 112 pupils.  For Office of Public Works. Cost: £5,500, including furniture and siteworks.
Refs: IB 92, 8 Jul 1950, 696; RIAI Year Book (1949) , 35(illus.)

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CRUMLIN, ST MARY'S NATIONAL SCHOOLS
Date: 1950
Nature: Plans approved by Corporation.
Refs: IB 92, 25 Nov 1950, 1282

Building: CO. MEATH, DUNDERRY, PRIMARY SCHOOL
Date: 1950ca
Nature: -
Refs: IB 93, 27 Oct 1951, 1098(illus.)

Building: CO. MEATH, ROBINSTOWN, SCHOOL
Date: 1950ca
Nature: -
Refs: IB 93, 27 Oct 1951, 1100(illus.)

Building: CO. MEATH, ARDCATH, NATIONAL SCHOOL
Date: 1951ca
Nature: -
Refs: RIAI Year Book 1951-52, 32(illus.); IB 93, 27 Oct 1951, 1098(illus.)

Building: CO. CLARE, BROADFORD, NATIONAL SCHOOL
Date: 1952
Nature: -
Refs: IB 94, 11 Oct 1952, 961

Building: CO. LOUTH, DROGHEDA, ST PATRICK'S NATIONAL SCHOOL
Date: 1953
Nature: New school.
Refs: IAA, PKS 0567, 1100

Building: CO. MEATH, DUNSHAUGHLIN, NATIONAL SCHOOL
Date: 1954
Nature: New school for 120 pupils opened. Cost approx. £8,000. Contractor: J. O'Connor.
Refs: IB 96, 18 Dec 1954, 1249

Building: CO. GALWAY, KILBEACANTY, NATIONAL SCHOOL
Date: 1955
Nature: -
Refs: IB 97, 2 Jul 1955, 691

Building: CO. WESTMEATH, KILBEGGAN, SCHOOL
Date: 1955
Nature: Extension (to school built in 1938).
Refs: IB 97, 8 Oct 1955, 1049

Building: CO. MEATH, ASHBOURNE, SCHOOL
Date: 1955
Nature: -
Refs: IB 97, 3 Dec 1955, 1266

Building: CO. CAVAN, BAILIEBOROUGH, ST ANNE'S NATIONAL SCHOOL
Date: 1955
Nature: New school.
Refs: IAA, PKS 1101

Building: CO. KILDARE, BALLYMORE EUSTACE, NATIONAL SCHOOLS
Date: 1955
Nature: New school.
Refs: IAA, PKS 1102

Building: CO. MEATH, STAMULLEN, NATIONAL SCHOOL
Date: 1956
Nature: -
Refs: IB 98, 10 Mar 1956, 209

Building: CO. GALWAY, BOHERMORE, PRIMARY SCHOOL
Date: 1956
Nature: For Sisters of Mercy
Refs: IB 98, 29 Dec 1956, 1171

Building: CO. TIPPERARY, THURLES, URSULINE PRIMARY SCHOOL
Date: 1956
Nature: -
Refs: IB 98, 14 Jul 1956, 641

Building: CO. DUBLIN, ST MARGARET'S, SCHOOL
Date: 1956
Nature: -
Refs: IB 98, 22 Sep 1956, 873

Building: CO. DUBLIN, BALLYMORE EUSTACE, PRIMARY SCHOOL
Date: 1956-1957
Nature: -
Refs: IB 99, 23 Mar 1957, 221

Building: CO. DUBLIN, BOOTERSTOWN, SS PHILIP & JAMES NATIONAL SCHOOL
Date: 1956-1957
Nature: -
Refs: IB 99, 6 Apr 1957, 261

Building: CO. KILDARE, ROBERTSTOWN, SCHOOL
Date: 1957
Nature: -
Refs: IB 99, 9 Mar 1957, 183

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, HOWTH, NATIONAL SCHOOL
Date: 1957
Nature: -
Refs: IB 99, 18 May 1957, 391

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CRANFIELD PLACE, SANDYMOUNT NATIONAL SCHOOL
Date: 1959
Nature: -
Refs: IB 101, 18 Apr 1959, 277

Building: CO. LIMERICK, KNOCKLONG, NATIONAL SCHOOL
Date: 1959
Nature: New school for boys and girls. Contractor: Bartholomew Sexton.
Refs: IAA, PKS 1103

Building: CO. MEATH, LAYTOWN, NATIONAL SCHOOL
Date: 1960
Nature: -
Refs: IB 102, 6 Feb 1960, 83

Building: CO. MEATH, BELLEWSTOWN, NATIONAL SCHOOL
Date: 1961
Nature: New school.
Refs: IB 103, 21 Jan 1961, 47

Building: CO. CORK, CORK, ST FINBARRE'S NATIONAL SCHOOL (CI)
Date: 1961
Nature: -
Refs: IB 103, 18 Feb 1961, 121

Building: CO. MAYO, SHRULE, NATIONAL SCHOOL
Date: 1961
Nature: 2-room extension
Refs: IB 103, 5 Aug 1961, 613

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, GRACE PARK ROAD, ST JOSEPH'S ASYLUM & SCHOOL FOR MALE BLIND
Date: 1961a
Nature: New single-storey school building.  Contractor: Hamman.
Refs: Architectural Survey 1961, 37

Building: CO. LIMERICK, ASKEATON, NATIONAL SCHOOL
Date: 1963
Nature: New school, replacing one of 1850, opened. Contractors: E. Murphy & Sons.
Refs: IB 105, 21 Dec 1963, 993

Building: CO. DUBLIN, CLONDALKIN, TOWER ROAD, NATIONAL SCHOOL (CI)
Date: 1963
Nature: -
Refs: IB 105, 11 May 1963, 363

Author Title Date Details
Barrett, Basil Boyd 'Notes on school planning' 1952 IB 94, 12,26 Apr 1952, 369,419.