Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Belfast. According to the Irish census of 1911,  Henry Alfred Hobson, son of Henry Alfred Hobson, bookbinder, of Clifton, Belfast, and his wife Eliza, was born in Belfast in 1908 or 1909.   He served his articles with JAMES ST JOHN PHILLIPS JAMES ST JOHN PHILLIPS . He had been twelve years in the practice and risen to the position of chief asistant when the Phillips died in 1935. At some stage he worked in a Canadian architect's office. He carried on Phillips's practice for a while after the latter's death but moved to England to work for the War Department in 1940 or 1941. According to the Irish Builder, he was 'a clever landscape artist' and showed his work at the Belfast Art Society's exhibitions.

A typescript copy of Hobson's reminiscences from circa 1911 until 1945 is in PRONI, T3300/14/1.

RSUA: associate by 1937; had ceased membership by 1947.

Addresses: 53 Alliance Avenue, Belfast, <=1937->=1940; 28 Boreham Road, Warminster, Wiltshire, 1942.

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References

All information in this entry not otherwise attributed is from the biography of Hobson in IB 77, 16 Nov 1935, 1042, and from the lists of RSUA members in Thom's directories.


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Building: CO. ARMAGH, LURGAN, KING'S PARK, PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Date: 1935
Nature: HAH supervises completion after death of J. St J. Phillips. Contractor: Henry Laverty & Sons, Belfast.
Refs: IB 77, 16 Nov 1935, 1042

Building: CO. ARMAGH, PORTADOWN, SIR ROBERT HART MEMORIAL SCHOOL
Date: 1935
Nature: HAH supervises completion after death of J. St John Phillips. Contractor: Henry Laverty & Sons, Belfast.
Refs: IB 77, 16 Nov 1935, 1042;  Kevin V. Mulligan, The Buildings of Ireland: South Ulster (2013), 507.

Building: CO. ARMAGH, LURGAN, CARRICK MEMORIAL PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Date: 1935
Nature: Supervises completion after death of J. St J Phillips. Contractor: Isaac Copeland and Sons, Belfast.
Refs: IB 77, 16 Nov 1935, 1042,1066

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DONEGALL STREET, SHOPS & OFFICES (004)
Date: 1936
Nature: -
Refs: IB 78, 17 Oct 1936, 948