Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Dublin. Thomas Hudman, only child of Daniel Hudman, debt collector, by his wife Sophia Matilda (née Barrand) was born in North Hyde, Middlesex, England, on 18 September 1852 and was articled to ROBERT WILLIAM EDIS  ROBERT WILLIAM EDIS in London in 1867, serving a four-year pupillage. He is described as an architect in the English census of 1871, when he was living with his parents in the Canal Office, Paddington, where his father was second clerk. After completing his pupillage he worked as an assistant in the offices of Frederic Chancellor in London and William Dawes and William Reid Corson in Manchester.  He came to Ireland later in the 1870s to work in the office of WILLIAM HAGUE  WILLIAM HAGUE and subsequently joined the staff of JAMES HARGRAVE BRIDGFORD.& JAMES HARGRAVE BRIDGFORD.& #160; In 1893 he set up his own practice.

Hudman was an active participant in the revival of the Architectural Association of Ireland in 1896 and, according to his obituarist in the Irish Builder, was 'largely instrumental in forming the classes which were then constituted'. He gave lectures and arranged tours for the association and in 1900 was temporary secretary of the sketching and camera club.(1) Several of his photographs were published in the Irish Builder(2) and were used to illustrate the Irish section of the American Architect and Builder's publication, The Georgian Period, issued in parts between 1899 and 1902. Hudman was invited to contribute the text for this section in 1901, as a result of his having given a lecture on Georgian architecture to the AAI the previous year.(3) In December 1906 he embarked on a series of articles on 'The Industrial Resources of Ireland' for the Irish Builder.(4) In announcing the series, the Irish Builder noted that his 'well-known practical knowledge and close acquaintance with the building trade [and] his habits of observation of such matters peculiarly fit him to write such a series of articles'.(5) Only two of the promised series of articles actually appeared.

In 1885 Hudman married Ada Pile, a sister of Thomas Pile, auctioneer and wholesale fishmonger, who became lord mayor of Dublin in 1900 and was created a baronet in the same year. They had one child.  Through his connection with the Pile family Hudman received the commission to design Earlsfort Mansions, a block of flats on Earlfort Terrace, which were erected by the builder James P. Pile, who was probably also a brother of Ada Pile, in 1896.(6) Hudman's last recorded commission was for the Exchange Buildings in Lord Edward Street, erected in 1910-1912.(7) In his latter years he gave up architecture and became secretary to the hosiery manufacturers Smyth & Co., of Balbriggan, although, according to his obituarist, 'his heart always remained with his old profession of architect'. He died at his home, 2 Kenilworth Road, Dublin, on 8 February 1937 at the age of eighty-five. (8) His widow survived him.

AAI:(9) elected member, 1897; lecture on 'Architectural Practice 200 Years Ago', 7 Nov 1899;(10) secretary of sketching & camera club, 1900;(11) lecture on 'Georgian Architecture in Dublin', 20 Nov 1900;(12) vice-president, 1901-1902; lecture on 'Irish Abbeys', 31 January 1905; membership lapsed 1906; renewed membershuip 1913; lecture on 'The Annual Excursion, 1914', 15 Dec 1914;(13) membership lapsed again, 1924.
RIAI: elected member, 16 Dec 1899, having been proposed by WILLIAM KAYE-PARRY WILLIAM KAYE-PARRY , seconded by WILLIAM MANSFIELD MITCHELL  WILLIAM MANSFIELD MITCHELL and RICHARD CAULFIELD ORPEN RICHARD CAULFIELD ORPEN ;(14) membership lapsed 1903.(15)

Addresses:(16) Work: 49 Dawson Street, 1899.(17)
Home: 16 Peafield Terrace, Blackrock, <=1879->=1883; 3 Summerville Terrace, North Circular Rd, 1896; Marsworth, Sandford Road, <=1899->=1902; 27 Belgrave Rd, Rathmines, <=1907-1912;(18) 2 Kenilworth Road, Rathgar, 1913 until death.(19)

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References

All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from IAA, RIAI office archives (Acc. 93/136), membership forms 1878-1909 (extremely fragile), from the obituary of Hudman in IB 79, 20 Feb 1937, 161, and from a submission by LaMar W. Skeen, Ogden, Utah, to www.familysearch.org.

(1) IB 42, 15 Jul 1900, 427.
(2) IB 42, 1 Aug 1900, 432 (Jerpoint Abbey); 43, 15,29 Aug 1901, 835,848 (Castletown). His photograph of a group of members of the AAI on the Association's expedition to Jerpoint in 1900 was reproduced in IB 69, 15 Oct 1927, 759.
(3) IB 43, 13 Mar,4,18 Jul,15 Aug 1901, 654,814,819(illus.),?.
(4) IB 48, 15,29 Dec 1906, 998,1061.
(5) IB 48, 15 Dec 1906, 989. In at least one instance, the addition of a transept to Bray Presbyterian church, Hudman seems to have acted as a building contractor, see Irish Times, 12 Sep 1890. 
(6) B 70, 7 Mar 1896, 218. Hudman's obituarist states that he built many houses in Ranelagh, which may also have been a result of the connection with James P. Pile, perhaps a brother-in-law who lived at Sandford Park and developed the row of half-timbered houses along the Sandford Road periphery of the property. The very English style of these half-timbered houses suggests that Hudman could also have designed the half-timbered terrace at  Nos. 20-31 Charleston Avenue, Ranelagh.  He probably also designed Sandford Park, which Pile built for himelf in 1894 (see Deirdre Kelly, Four Roads to Dublin (Dublin: O'Brien Press, 1995), 116) and may also have designed Sandford Rectory (see Susan Roundtree, Ranelagh in Pictures (Ranelagh Arts Festival, 2009), 53).  Another terrace of similar half-timbered houses is in Sandymoutnt Avenue, beside the station. 
(7) IB 52, 11 Jun 1910, 365; 54, 6 Jan 1912, 14.
(8) Copy of death certificate in Jones files; the date of his date is wrongly stated to be 8 Feb 1936 in www.familysearch.org.
(9) From lists of members and reports of general meetings in AAI Green Books unless otherwise stated.
(10) IB 41, 15 Nov 1899, 188.
(11) IB 42, 15 Jul 1900, 427.
(12) IB 42, 1 Dec 1900, 560 (or 563?).
(13) AAI Green Book (1916), 30.
(14) RIAI annual general meeting minutes, 16 Dec 1899, 340.
(15) RIAI lists of members.
(16) From AAI and RIAI lists of members and Thom's directories unless otherwise stated.
(17) IB 41, 15 Oct 1899, 158.
(18) IB 54, 6 Jan 1912, 14.
(19) Not Kenilworth Terrace, as stated in AAI membership lists.


9 work entries listed in chronological order for HUDMAN, THOMAS EDMUND


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Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, SANDFORD ROAD (RANELAGH), SANDFORD PARK
Date: 1894
Nature: Probably designed by TEH for James P. Pile, who appears to have been a brother or close relative of his wife.
Refs: See Biography, reference no. 6.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, EARLSFORT TERRACE, NO. 021 & 22 (EARLSFORT MANSIONS)
Date: 1895
Nature: Block of flats, 6 storeys over basement. Frontage of 74 ft. Builder: T. Fitzpatrick.
Refs: B 69, 31 Aug 1895, 157; 70, 7 Mar 1896, 217-8

Building: CO. CORK, CORK, COOK STREET, BODEGA CO. RESTAURANT
Date: 1896
Nature: New premises with ornamental façade have been built. Builder: Sisk.
Refs: IB 38, 1 Jul 1896, 144

Building: CO. WATERFORD, WATERFORD, QUAY, GRANVILLE HOTEL (FORMERLY COMMINS HOTEL)
Date: 1897-99
Nature: Rebuilding and remodelling of former Commins Hotel.  For New Granville Hotels Ltd.  Builder: McLaughlin & Harvey.
Refs: Prospectus of New Granville Hotel Co. in Irish Times, 10, 11 Aug 1897;  IB 41, 15 Sep, 15 Oct 1899, 130,158.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, EARLSFORT TERRACE, SKATING RINK
Date: 1901
Nature: Proposed reconstruction to former assembly rooms.
Refs: IB 43, 16 Jan 1901, 594

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, ?, IRISH BUILDER PRINTING WORKS
Date: 1902
Nature: New premises for Irish Builder (?11 Sackville St Lr). Builder: John Pemberton.
Refs: IB 44, 3 Jul,20 Nov 1902, 1306,1480

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, LORD EDWARD STREET, EXCHANGE BUILDINGS
Date: 1910-12
Nature: 3-storey over basement with 170 foot frontage. To include Labour Exchange. For Henry Pattison, Thomas St. Contractor: J. & R. Thompson.
Refs: IB 52, 11 Jun 1910, 365; 54, 6 Jan 1912, 14;  Christine Casey, The Buildings of Ireland: Dublin (2005), 373.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, BLACKHORSE AVENUE, MCKEE BARRACKS (FORMERLY MARLBOROUGH BARRACKS)
Date: ?
Nature: Extensive works at same.
Refs: Obituary of Hudman in IB 79, 20 Feb 1937, 161

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, RANELAGH, HOUSES
Date: ?
Nature: According to his obituary in the Irish Builder, TEH 'designed many houses in Ranelagh' (for the possible identities of some of these, see Biography, reference no. 6).
Refs: Obituary of Hudman in IB 79, 20 Feb 1937, 161

Author Title Date Details
Cervin, O.z., & Others The Georgian period 1901 Bioston, Mass.: American Architect and Building News Co., 1899-1902. (Irish section (1901) contributed by Hudman and illustrated with his photographs.)
Hudman, Thomas Edward 'The industrial resources of Ireland' 1906 IB 48, 15,29 Dec 1906, 998,1061.