Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of London, Dublin and Belfast. Robert George Hopcraft is probably the Robert G. Hopcraft, six-year-old son of Robert Hopcraft, tailor's cutter, of the parish of St George's Hanover Square, London, who is recorded in the English census of 1891. He was articled to the London architect WILLIAM CAMPBELL JONES WILLIAM CAMPBELL JONES , in whose office he spent ten years before serving in the Royal Naval Air Service during the First World War. He came to Ireland in 1919 to join the architectural staff of the Office of Public Works in Dublin, under THOMAS JOSEPH BYRNE THOMAS JOSEPH BYRNE . In 1929 he set up his own practice in Grafton Street.(1) Around 1944 he joined the staff of the Ministry of Finance in Northern Ireland, working chiefly on schools. He remained in this post until his death in February 1947. His pupils and assistants included DESMOND HENRY WOODWORTH.  DESMOND HENRY WOODWORTH.

AA (London): elected member, 1909.(2)
RIAI: elected member, 1919.
RIBA: elected licentiate, 9 Mar 1931, proposed by JOHN JOSEPH ROBINSON JOHN JOSEPH ROBINSON , RDOLF MAXIMILIAN BUTLER  RDOLF MAXIMILIAN BUTLER and FREDERICK GEORGE HICKS FREDERICK GEORGE HICKS ;(3) elected fellow, 14 Nov 1944, proposed by J.J. Robinson, VINCENT KELLY  VINCENT KELLY and F.G. Hicks.(4)

Addresses:(5) Work: 102 Grafton Street, 1929->=1942.
Home: 13 Trafalgar Terrace, Monkstown, Co. Dublin, <=1930->=1931; Kill Abbey, Kill Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, <=1933->=1944;(5) Donard, Whitewell, Antrim Road, Belfast, 1947.

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References

All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the obituary of Hopcraft in RIAI Year Book (1948), 34-35.

(1) IB 71, 23 Nov 1929, 1062.
(2) List of members in Architectural Association Year Book & Diary (1930).
(3) RIBAJ 38 (1930-31), 233,341.
(4) RIBAJ 51 (1943-44), 326; 52 (1944-45), 59.
(5) From Thom's Directories and RIAI membership lists unless otherwise stated.
(6) See note 3, above.


11 work entries listed in chronological order for HOPCRAFT, ROBERT GEORGE


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Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, FOSTER PLACE, NO. 006 (CURRENCY COMMISSION ALIAS CENTRAL BANK OF IRELAND)
Date: 1929
Nature: RGH involved in remodelling of existing Francis Johnston building, for OPW. (Including filling in of archway and opening ground floor side windows, creating new central hall &c. Contractor: G. & T. Crampton.
Refs: Photograph in IAA, Acc. 92/75; obituary in RIAI Yearbook 1948, 34;  Ruth McManus, Crampton Built (Dublin: G. & T. Crampton, 2008), 72(illus.)

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, WESTMORELAND STREET, NO. 004- 5 (FITZGERALD & CO.)
Date: 1931
Nature: Reconstruction. Contractor: Clifton & Cooper.
Refs: IB 73, 1 Aug,26 Sep 1931, 685,841; obituary in RIAI Yearbook 1948, 34;  Christine Casey, The Buildings of Ireland: Dublin (2005), 421.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, MOUNT MERRION, HOUSE
Date: 1931
Nature: Contractor: Joseph McGonigal, Clontarf.
Refs: IB 73, 29 Aug 1931, 765

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, MILLTOWN ROAD, DODDER GROUND
Date: 1939-1940
Nature: House for Cecil Crampton. Contractor: C. & T. Crampton.
Refs: Obituary in RIAI Yearbook 1948, 34;  Ruth McManus, Crampton Built (Dublin: G. & T. Crampton, 2008), 98-99(illus.)


Building: CO. DUBLIN, MOUNT MERRION, FOSTER AVENUE, ST THOMAS'S PAROCHIAL HALL
Date: 1941
Nature: Gabled hall with dormer windows. Contractor: John P. Du Moulin, Merrion (or Sydney McConnell, Castleknock?).
Refs: IB 83, 25 Oct 1941, 485(illus.);  local informant was told by Sydney McConnell,of Castleknock, that he had built the hall.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ?, OVERSEAS CLUB
Date: 1945ca
Nature: -
Refs: Obituary in RIAI Yearbook 1948, 34

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, NEWTOWNARDS ROAD UPR (STORMONT), NORTHERN IRELAND PARLIAMENT
Date: 1945ca
Nature: Memorial to Lord Craigavon.
Refs: Obituary in RIAI Yearbook 1948, 34

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, GRAFTON STREET, NO. 040 (INGERSOLL)
Date: 1948
Nature: Rebuilding of existing premises.
Refs: Obituary in RIAI Yearbook 1948, 34;  Christine Casey, The Buildings of Ireland: Dublin (2005), 520.

Building: CO. DONEGAL, FALCARRAGH, TRAINING COLLEGE
Date: ?
Nature: RGH involved in adaptation, for OPW.
Refs: Obituary in RIAI Yearbook 1948, 34

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, BARROW STREET, NO. 015? (WAKEFIELD'S)
Date: ?
Nature: New oil store (?in Barrow Street, or elsewhere?)
Refs: Obituary in RIAI Yearbook 1948, 34

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, ST HELEN'S ROAD (BOOTERSTOWN), HOUSES
Date: ?
Nature: Estate planned by RGH for G. & T. Crampton. Contractor: G. & T. Crampton.
Refs: Obituary in RIAI Yearbook 1948, 34;  Ruth McManus, Crampton Built (Dublin: G. & T. Crampton, 2008), 94-96(illus.).