Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect and publisher of architectural pattern books, for biography and works of whom see Howard Colvin, A Biographical dictionary of British architects 1600-1840 (3rd edn., 1995). Lugar exhibited a design for a cottage to be built at Eastwood, Co. Tipperary,(1) at the Royal Academy in 1802 (no. 938) and a design for a house in the castle style in Co. Antrim for Lord O'Neill in 1840 (no. 928).(2)  His design for a 'Farm-House and Offices built for Mr. Thompson, near Belfast, Ireland' was published in his Villa Architecture: a collection of views, with plans, of buildings executed in England, Scotland, &c. (London: J. Taylor, 1828), Pls. 8 and 9.

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(1) Lewis (1837) lists Eastwood, the residence of T. Bennet, Esq., among the gentlemen's seats in the vicinity of Templemore.
(2) The house was presumably Shane's Castle. Lugar was possibly exhibiting a design of a much earlier date. Work on enlarging the castle to designs by John Nash had begun in 1815, but in 1816, before Nash's scheme had been completed, the castle was destroyed by fire and abandoned..


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Building: CO. TIPPERARY, EASTWOOD (TEMPLEMORE), HOUSE
Date: 1802
Nature: RL exh. design for cottage 'to be built' at Eastwood.
Refs: RA 1802, no. 938

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST (NEAR), HOUSE
Date: 1828a
Nature: 'Farm-House and Offices built for Mr. Thompson, near Belfast, Ireland'.
Refs: Robert Lugar, Villa Architecture: a collection of views, with plans, of buildings executed in England, Scotland, &c. (London: J. Taylor, 1828), Pls. 8 and 9.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, SHANE'S CASTLE
Date: 1840?
Nature: RL exh. 'design for a house in the castle style for the Rt Hon the Earl O'Neill in the County of Antrim'.(i.e. ?Shanes Castle, for 1st Earl O'Neill; possibly a design dating from much earlier in RL's career)
Refs: RA 1840, no. 928