Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Derry city. James Johnston was born on 14 February 1882 in Derry. After serving his articles with ROBERT ECCLES BUCHANAN ROBERT ECCLES BUCHANAN , he worked in the office of JAMES LOUIS DONNELLY  JAMES LOUIS DONNELLY of DOOLIN BUTLER & DONNELLY DOOLIN BUTLER & DONNELLY . He then spent six years as assistant to MATTHEW ALEXANDER ROBINSON  MATTHEW ALEXANDER ROBINSON in Derry before setting up his own practice as an architect, civil engineer and land surveyor in Derry in 1908.(1) In 1930 Limavady Urban District Council appointed him architect in connection with their new housing scheme.(2) He died suddenly 'after only a night's illness' in February 1932, having married in 1930.(3) He was a freemason.

RIBA: elected licentiate, 20 July 1911.(4)
RSUA: member at time of death.(5)

Addresses: The Diamond, Derry, <=1910->=1912;(6) 4 Shipquay St, 1919;(7) 4 Castle Street, 1920 until death.(8)

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References

All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from Directory of British Architects 1834-1914 (RIBA 2001), I, 1030.

(1) IB 50, 16 May 1908, 310.
(2) IB 72, 13 Apr 1930, 339.
(3) IB 74, 27 Feb 1932, 190.
(4) RIBAJ 18 (1910-11), 657
(5) See note 3, above.
(6) IA & C 1, 4 Feb 1911, 19; IB 54, 28 Sep 1912, 561
(7) IB 61, 17 May 1919, 248 (possibly an error for Castle Street).
(8) IB 62, 27 Mar 1920, 188; and see note 3, above.


10 work entries listed in chronological order for JOHNSTON, JAMES VALENTINE


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Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, GLEN (THE), GREEN VILLAS
Date: 1911
Nature: Pair of semi-detached villas. Builder: J.A. Fulton, Fountain St, Derry.
Refs: IA & C 1, 4 Feb 1911, 19,30(illus.)

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, DEANFIELD, HOUSE
Date: 1911
Nature: New villa
Refs: IA & C 1, 25 Feb,18 Mar 1911, 61,107(illus.)

Building: CO. DERRY, CULMORE, HOUSE
Date: 1911
Nature: New villa.
Refs: IA & C 1, 4 Mar 1911, 75

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, SHIPQUAY ST?, PICTURE HOUSE
Date: 1912
Nature: New. Alts., 1919.
Refs: IB 54, 28 Sep 1912, 561; 61, 17 May 1919, 248 (Shipquay St is only specified in this notice of alts.)

Building: CO. DONEGAL, PETTIGO, PETTIGO HOTEL
Date: 1915
Nature: Extension, for F.J. Flood' by 'F.[sic] Johnston, Derry'.
Refs: IB 57, 23 Oct 1915, 472

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, LETTERKENNY ROAD, PETROL DEPOT (MCMULLAN BROS)
Date: 1920
Nature: Tenders invited for erection of same.
Refs: IB 62, 19 Jun 1920, 418

Building: CO. DERRY, LIMAVADY, PREMISES (HUTCHINSON BROS.)
Date: 1920
Nature: Residential and business premises including garage. Tenders invited.
Refs: IB 62, 27 Mar 1920, 188

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, SHANTALLOW, HOUSE
Date: 1923
Nature: For James Wiley. Tenders invited.
Refs: IB 65, 28 Jul 1923, 589

Building: CO. DERRY, CAMPBELLSTOWN (DONEYBREWER), HOUSE
Date: 1923
Nature: For William Stewart. Plans approved.
Refs: IB 65, 10 Mar 1923, 177

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, WATERSIDE, HOUSES (018)
Date: 1926
Nature: Tenders invited for erecting 18 buingalows; also for tennis courst, bowling green & fencing (not clear whether these are associated with bungalows)
Refs: IB 68, 20 Mar 1926, 222