Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Dublin. Alan Hope was born in Liverpool in 1909 and attended Liverpool University School of Architecture for five years, graduating in 1932.(1) He later described the Liverpool course as he knew it: 'I was trained in the rather rigidly classical school of architecture at Liverpool where we did the orders and the Renaissance and so had an answer to all design…I've no regret having the training I had, though perhaps with a different course I should not have been so long in freeing myself of the incubus of the Renaissance - then the acme of all great architecture. The grand manner of that style or period was well suited to the temperament of an inspiring teacher that Professor Reilly was…but now I realise that the insistence on the special propriety of one period of architecture has a rather stifling effect on one's development.' He had, he recalled, 'scarcely heard of Frank Lloyd Wright' until, at the end of his third year, he spent a few months in the office of Edmund Körner(2) of Essen, who was then building the Ford Motor Company's headquarters at Cologne.(3) In 1931, before he had qualified, he won the competition for designing the Liverpool Sanatorium Hall at Frodsham, Cheshire.(4) After qualifying he came to Ireland where he worked in the offices of VINCENT KELLY  VINCENT KELLY and FREDERICK HICKS. FREDERICK HICKS. (5) From 1934 onwards he was associated with Hicks 'in a pleasant working arrangement which was scarcely a partnership'. Hicks sold the practice to Hope when he retired in 1945.(6)

Hope died suddenly at home on 11 March 1965, and was buried at Deansgrange cemetery.(7). He left an estate valued at £100,184. 18s.(8) He was survived by his widow Mairìn (nee Cuffe), who had graduated from the School of Architecture at University College, Dublin, in 1939(9) and was a sister of LUAN CUFFE LUAN CUFFE . There were children of the marriage. The warm appreciation of Hope by 'A.K.M.' in the Irish Times notes how his uncompromising standards as an architect co-existed with a tolerant and compassionate outlook on life, which manifested itself in his active engagement in social work, and describes his 'quizzical, mischievous sense of humour' and 'vivid, boyish' personality.

In 1986 Mrs Mairìn Hope left a large collection of her husband's drawings, photographs and other material to the Irish Architectural Archive (Acc. 86/127).

AAI:(10) elected member, 1938; vice-president, 1951; president, 1952.
RIAI: elected member, 23 July 1937;(11) council member, 1939-1940, 1956-1960;(12) awarded triennial gold medal for Aspro Factory, Naas Road, 1950.(13)
RIBA: registered probationer, December 1930;(14) elected to council as representative of RIAI, 1958.(15)
TPI: associate member by 1946.(16)

Addresses:(17) 86 Merrion Square, 1934-48;(19) 50 Merrion Square, 1949 until death.
Home: 32 Cumberland Ave, Sefton Park, Liverpool, 1930;(18) Meander, Foxrock, <=1941 until death.

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References

All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the short biography of Hope in IB 94, 21 Jun 1952, 634, which is illustrated with a portrait photograph. After Hope's death two 'appreciations' appeared in the Irish Times, one by N[iall?] M[ontgomery?], which was reprinted in JRIAI (1966), 52-3, the other by 'A.K.M.' The photograph of Hope in IB 94, mentioned above, also appears in AAI Green Book (1954), 21. Another photograph of Hope is in the Irish Times, 2 Jun 1961.

(1) President's inaugural address to AAI, 1952, AAI Green Book (1954), 22-23.
(2) For Körner, see Macmillan Encyclopaedia of Architects.
(3) See note 1, above; information from T.P. Kennedy.
(4) Irish Times, 21 Jun 1939.
(5) According to the appreciation by Niall Montgomery in The Irish Times, Hope worked first for Kelly and then moved to Hicks's office; the biography in IB 21 Jun 1952 states that he worked for Hicks, then Kelly, then Hicks again.
(6) Memorandum of agreement, dated 12 Nov 1945, in IAA, Hope Collection; in this agreement Hope's name is given as Alan Hodson Hope.
(7) Notice of death in Irish Times (undated cutting in Jones file).
(8) Irish Times, 5 May 1968.
(9) List of UCD School of Architecture graduates in Annexe 3 (1981), 164; Mairin Hope designed St Brigid's Nursery Centre, Maryland, Dublin, for the Civics Institute of Ireland in 1954, see Luan P. Cuffe, Architectural Survey (1955), 27.
(10) Information from IAA Green Books.
(11) IB 79, 7 Aug 1937, 705.
(12) From RIAI lists of officers.
(13) IB 92, 9 Dec 1950, 1346.
(14) RIBAJ 38 (1930-31), 122.
(15) IB 100, 28 Jun 1958, 482.
(16) Thom's Directory 1947.
(17) From RIAI lists of members and Thom's Directories unless otherwise stated.
(18) See note 14, above.
(19) This address is given in Architect & Building News 140, 5 Oct 1934, 3; when exhibiting work at the RHA in 1938 he gave his address as National College of Art, Kildare Street.


46 work entries listed in chronological order for HOPE, ALAN HODGSON


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Building: ENGLAND, FRODSHAM (CHESHIRE), LIVERPOOL SANATORIUM HALL
Date: 1931
Nature: AHH wins competition.
Refs: Design exh. RHA 1938, no. 288; Irish Times, 21 Jun 1939.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, COLLEGE GARDENS, METHODIST COLLEGE, WHITLA MEMORIAL HALL
Date: 1934
Nature: AH winner of competition. Cost: £10,400.
Refs: Architect & Building News 140, 5,12 Oct 1934, 3,23(illus.),54; AJ 80, 11 Oct 1934, 521,531; IB 76, 6 Oct 1934, 837; 77, 9 Feb,6 Apr 1935, 116,289; design exhib. RHA, 1938, no. 288

Building: CO. DUBLIN, FOXROCK, WESTMINSTER ROAD, MEANDER
Date: 1939
Nature: New timber-finished house designed by Hope and his wife for themselves
Refs: Perhaps the 'New house at Foxrock' exh. at RHA, 1941, no. 359; RIAI Bulletin 58, 25-27; Irish Architect 67 (Jun-Aug 1988), 15(illus.);  Paul Larmour, Free State Architecture:  Modern Movement architecture in Ireland, 1922-1949 (Kinsale: Gandon Editions, 2009), 53,55(illus.).

Building: CO. DUBLIN, BLACKDITCH, FEVER HOSPITAL
Date: 1939-1943;1950-
Nature: Designed by AHH, with F.G. Hicks and G. P. Bell; not built until 1950s.
Refs: Designs exh. RHA 1942 (no. 248), 1944 (no. 349); IB 80, 26 Nov 1938, 997; 81, 2 Sep 1939, 761; 85, 24 Apr,3 Jul 1943, 168,257(illus.); 92, 1 Apr,9 Dec 1950, 338,1344; Luan Cuffe, Architectural Survey (1953), 13(illus.)

Building: CO. DUBLIN, FOXROCK, KERRYMOUNT AVENUE, MOUNTRATH
Date: 1941
Nature: House (?for Edward McGuire).
Refs: Design exh, at RHA 1941, no. 362

Building: CO. DUBLIN, BLACKDITCH, STEWARD HOUSE?
Date: 1944
Nature: Repairs.
Refs: IB 86, 30 Dec 1944, 438

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CORK STREET, FEVER HOSPITAL & HOUSE OF RECOVERY
Date: 1944;1946;1947
Nature: Repairs to lodges, 1944,1946; repairs to paths, 1947
Refs: IB 86, 26 Aug 1944, 340; 88, 1 Jun 1946, 326

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, NAAS ROAD (INCHICORE), ASPRO FACTORY
Date: 1946-49
Nature: Builder: G. & T. Crampton. Contract signed May 1947;  building to be completed by 30 Apr 1948.  Awarded RIAI Triennial Gold Medal, 1950.
Refs: Drawings in IAA, Alan Hope Collection, Acc. 86/127, Folder 6;  RIAI Yearbook 1946, 42(illus.); 1950, 14-15(illus.); 1951-2, 38; IB 89, 5 Apr 1947, 232; 91, 6 Aug 1949, 720(illus.); 92, 9 Dec 1950, 1346; 93, 6 Jan 1951, 18; B ?, 11 Dec 1953, 916; Luan Cuffe, Architectural Survey (1953), 14(illus.) D.J. Griffin & S. Lincoln, Drawings from the Irish Architectural Archive (1993), 77(illus.);  Ruth McManus, Crampton Built (Dublin: G. & T. Crampton, 2008), 175-178(illus.);  Paul Larmour, Free State Architecture:  Modern Movement architecture in Ireland, 1922-1949 (Kinsale: Gandon Editions, 2009), 92,93(illus.)



Building: CO. MAYO, PARTRY HOUSE (BALLINROBE)
Date: 1948
Nature: Extension.
Refs: IB 90, 10 Jan 1948, 26

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, ADELAIDE ROAD, ROYAL VICTORIA EYE & EAR HOSPITAL
Date: 1949
Nature: External painting.
Refs: IB 91, 11 Jun 1949, 550

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, DUKE STREET, NO. 002-3 (BAILY RESTAURANT)
Date: 1949
Nature: Proposed reconstruction.
Refs: Design exh. RHA 1949, no. 242

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, LINCOLN PLACE, DENTAL HOSPITAL
Date: 1949
Nature: Temporary workshop.
Refs: IB 91, 3 Sep 1949, 822

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, SIR JOHN ROGERSON'S QUAY, MANCHESTER CHEMICAL CO.
Date: 1949
Nature: Alts. to factory.
Refs: IB 91, 5 Feb 1949, 126

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, MOUNT STREET UPPER, NO. 053
Date: 1949;1952
Nature: Sundry works, 1949; alts., 1952. For Irish Central Libraries.
Refs: IB 91, 16 Apr 1949, 356; 94, 24 May 1952, 544

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, PARNELL SQUARE, ROTUNDA NURSES' HOME
Date: 1950;1958
Nature: Enlargement by addition of extra storey with mansard roof..
Refs: IB 92, 10 Jun 1950, 606; 100, 23 Aug 1958, 608.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, SIR JOHN ROGERSON'S QUAY, NO. 080-81 (PAUL & VINCENT LTD.)
Date: 1951;1955;1961
Nature: Extension, 1951; extension to store, 1955; new store at Benson St, provender store, 1961.
Refs: IB 93, 31 Mar,8 Dec 1951, 344,1284; 97, 24 Sep,22 Oct 1955,987,1097; 103, 10,24 Jun 1961, 459,507

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, FLEMING'S PLACE, NO. 180 (MANCHESTER CHEMICAL CO.)
Date: 1952
Nature: Additional works.
Refs: IB 94, 16 Feb 1952, 182

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, BRUNSWICK STREET NORTH, ST LAWRENCE'S HOSPITAL
Date: 1952
Nature: To replace old Richmond Hospital. Unexecuted.
Refs: IB 94, 11 Oct 1952, 961; design exh. RHA 1956, no. 127

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, DUKE STREET, NO. 020 (F. & M. LTD)
Date: 1953
Nature: Alts.
Refs: IB 95, 14 Feb 1953, 171

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, GRIFFITH BRIDGE, SHERLING & SONS
Date: 1953
Nature: WCs & urinal.
Refs: B 95, 9 May 1953, 481

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, ?, DUBLIN PORT & DOCKS BOARD HEADQUARTERS
Date: 1954
Nature: Awarded 2nd prize in competition.
Refs: IB 96, 13,13,27 Feb 1954, 161,?,191-193(illus.)

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, EAST ROAD, O'KEEFFE'S TIMBER YARD
Date: 1954
Nature: 5 KV sub station.
Refs: IB 96, 30 Jan 1954, 113

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, FLEET STREET, NO. 048
Date: 1954
Nature: Alts.
Refs: IB 106, 18 Jul 1964, 559

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, STEEVENS'S LANE, STEEVENS'S HOSPITAL
Date: 1954
Nature: Reconstruction work.
Refs: IB 96, 13,27 Feb 1954, 159,209

Building: CO. DUBLIN, SANTRY, ELECTROLUX FACTORY
Date: 1954
Nature: Opened 1954. Principal contractors: A.J. Jennings & Co., Dun Laoghaire. £35,000.
Refs: IB 96, 10 Apr 1954, 362

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, BLACKHALL PLACE, STORE (PAUL & VINCENT)
Date: 1955
Nature: Re-roofing.
Refs: IB 97, 8 Oct 1955, 1049

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, GEORGE'S STREET SOUTH GREAT, NO. 050 (HAFNER)
Date: 1955
Nature: Shop front.
Refs: IB 97, 8 Oct 1955, 1049

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, BOW LANE, ST PATRICK'S HOSPITAL
Date: 1955;1956;1958;
Nature: Male nurses' home, 1955; sitting room, 1956; recreation hall & occupational therapy unit, 1958 (Contractor: G. & T. Crampton); nurses' home extension, 1959; chapel, 1964.
Refs: Drawings for nurses' home extension in IAA, Alan Hope Collection, Acc. 86/127;  IAA, PKS 1070; IB 97, 15 Jan 1955, 70; 98, 25 Aug 1956, 773; 100, 8 Mar 1958, 167; ; 101, 16 May 1959, 357; 106, 29 Aug 1964, 659.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, EARLSFORT TERRACE, ALEXANDRA COLLEGE
Date: 1955;1962
Nature: New labs, 1955; temporary building, 1962.
Refs: IB 97, 27 Aug 1955, 885; 104, 20 Jan 1962, 49

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, HANOVER QUAY, STORE (PAUL & VINCENT)
Date: 1956
Nature: -
Refs: IB 98, 29 Dec 1956, 1171; 99, 21 Sep 1957, 755

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, LIFFEY STREET LOWER, NO. 005-7 (MCGRATH BROS.)
Date: 1956
Nature: Alts. & adds.
Refs: IB 98, 6 Oct 1956, 925

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, BANNOW ROAD (CABRA WEST), DUBLIN PURE ICE & COLD STORAGE CO. LTD.
Date: 1958
Nature: Extension to cold store.
Refs: IB 100, 23 Aug 1958, 608

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, ADELAIDE ROAD, ROYAL VICTORIA EYE & EAR HOSPITAL
Date: 1959-61
Nature: Graham audiology clinic, opened 1 Jun 1961, designed by AH.
Refs: IB 101, 8 Aug 1959, 571; Irish Times, 2 Jun 1961;

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, BANNOW ROAD (CABRA WEST), AUTOZERO LTD.
Date: 1960
Nature: Extension.
Refs: IB 102, 30 Apr 1960, 309

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, DISTILLERY ROAD, KELLY & SHIEL
Date: 1960
Nature: Factory.
Refs: IB 102, 16 Apr 1960, 263

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, FITZWILLIAM SQUARE, NO. 044
Date: 1960
Nature: Conversion.
Refs: IB 102, 2 Apr 1960, 221

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, MERRION ROAD, NO. 098
Date: 1961
Nature: Billiard room.
Refs: IB 103, 10 Jun 1961, 459

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, DAWSON STREET, NO. 048 (ROYAL HIBERNIAN HOTEL)
Date: 1961-63
Nature: Alts. including or comprising additional bathrooms.
Refs: IAA, PKS 1021; IB 104, 24 Nov 1962, 891; 105, 30 Mar 1963, 233

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, EASTERN BREAKWATER, PILOTAGE SHORE STATION
Date: 1961-63
Nature: Accommodation for 16 pilots and 9 boatmen. Contractor: Murphy Bros. Cost: £30,000.
Refs: IB 103, 14 Oct 1961; 105, 17 Aug 1963, 633

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, MALAHIDE ROAD, SHEAF OF WHEAT
Date: 1962
Nature: Alts.
Refs: IB 104, 14 Apr 1962, 285

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, PETER STREET, ADELAIDE HOSPITAL
Date: 1962
Nature: Additional buildings in Peter St & Wood St; new nurses' home & out-patients' department.
Refs: IB 105, 13 Apr 1962, 271; 104, 10 Nov 1962, 874

Building: CO. KERRY, TRALEE, CLASH EAST, KERRY PRECISION BALL CO. LTD.
Date: 1962-64
Nature: New ball-bearing factory. Contractor: O'Shea Ltd, Cork. £260,000.
Refs: IB 104, 22 Dec 1962, 971; 106, 4 Jan,6 Jun 1964, 13,440

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, ADELAIDE ROAD, ROYAL VICTORIA EYE & EAR HOSPITAL
Date: 1963
Nature: Alts.
Refs: IB 105, 1 Feb 1963, 19

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, BANNOW ROAD (CABRA WEST), DUBLIN PURE ICE & COLD STORAGE CO. LTD.
Date: 1963
Nature: Cold store.
Refs: IB 105, 9 Nov 1963, 865

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, ST STEPHEN'S GREEN, NO. 102-104 (RUSSELL HOTEL)
Date: 1963
Nature: Reconstruction.
Refs: IB 105, 30 Mar 1963, 233

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, ALEXANDRA ROAD, DOCKERS' CANTEEN & OFFICE
Date: 1964
Nature: Canteen converted from transit shed.
Refs: IB 106, 23 May,1,15 Aug 1964, 409,600,635

Author Title Date Details
Hope, Alan 'Architecture in Ireland:  a review of some current examples'
B 185, 11 Dec 1953, 914.
Hope, Alan 'Cinema Interior' 1943 Irish Cinema Handbook (1943), 134 ff.
Hope, Alan 'Joy in Colour' 1944 Irish Art (1944), 77-81.
Hope, Alan [President's Inaugural Address] 1954 AAI Green Book (1954), 22-29. (Address delivered to AAI, 14 Oct 1952.)