Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Dublin. Henry John Lyons, who, according to the 1911 census, was born in Dublin in 1880 or 1881, served his apprenticeship in the office of KAYE-PARRY & KAYE-PARRY & amp; ROSS and worked with that firm for many years before setting up in independent practice at 14 South Frederick Street in 1916 or 1917.(1) He continued to work from this address for the rest of his life. In the late 1930s he was joined by his son Samuel Lyons.(2) In his leisure hours Lyons was a golfer, and he also held the offices of captain and president of the Clontarf Football and Cricket Club. He died on 24 August 1947. He had married his wife, Lillian, circa 1902 and had at least six children.  The practice which he founded continued after his death as Henry J. Lyons & Son and is still in business - as Henry J. Lyons & Partners - today (1998).

AAI:(3) elected member, 1899; awarded travelling studentship for his measured drawings of the Casino, Marino, 1900;(3) wins first prize in architectural history class, 1905;(4) ceases membership, 1909.
RIAI: wins third prizeof £25 in competition for design for industrial dwelling, 1919 ? and second prize of £25 in ?Part 2;(5) elected member, 1920.(6)
Society of Architects: member by 1917.(7)
RIBA: elected fellow, 30 November 1925.(8)

Addresses: Work: See Kaye-Parry & Ross for years up to 1917; 14 South Frederick Street, 1917 until death.
Home: Ivetta Terrace, Richmond Road, Drumcondra, 1903; Cuil Cam, Richmond Road, Drumcondra, 1904-1908; 39 Waverley Avenue, <=1911->=1925;(9) The Gables, 25 Seafield Road, Clontarf, <=1927 until death.(10)

See WORKS (for works up to and including 1947) and BIBLIOGRAPHY. BIBLIOGRAPHY.



References

All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the obituaries of Lyons in IB 89, 6 Sep 1947, 652, and RIAI Year Book (1948), 35, and from lists of members in AAI Green Books and RIAI journals and yearbooks.

(1) He first appears at this address in the 1917 directories.
(2) Information from Plan Profile: Henry J. Lyons & Partners (Aug 1985), 3; according to this account Henry J. Lyons established the practice in 1926 and changed the name of the business to Henry J. Lyons & Son after Samuel Lyons joined his father in the late 1930s. Neither of these assertions is borne out by the directories or by the notices of Lyons's works in the Irish Builder.
(3) IB 42, 1 Aug,1 Sep 1900, 440,461,462(illus.), where he is referred to as John Lyons.
(4) IB 3 Jun 1905, 385; AAI Green Book (1906), 41.
(5) JRIAI (1920), 6-7; Jones's transcript is not entirely clear.
(6) JRIAI (1921), 2.
(7) IB 59, 13 Oct 1917, 523.
(8) RIBAJ 33 (1925-26), 91.
(9) Information from Thom's Directories.
(10) See note 9, above.


41 work entries listed in chronological order for LYONS, HENRY JOHN


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Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, EDEN QUAY, NO. 009
Date: 1917
Nature: Reconstruction for Henry Smith, Ltd. Builder: Frazer & Co., Gloucester St.
Refs: IB 59, 23 Jun,29 Sep 1917, 314,493

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, HENRY STREET, NO. 048
Date: 1917
Nature: Rebuilding, for A Stevenson. Builder: Shortall & Co.
Refs: IB 59, 29 Sep,13 Oct 1917, 493,523

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, ABBEY STREET MIDDLE, NO. 059
Date: 1917
Nature: Rebuilding, for George Young, Ltd. Builder: A. Frazer & Co.
Refs: IB 59, 4 Aug 1917, 396

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, ABBEY STREET MIDDLE, NO. 069-70 (H. SHARMAN CRAWFORD)
Date: 1918
Nature: Rebuilding of premises destroyed in Rebellion. Builder: J. & R. Thompson.
Refs: IB 60, 2 Feb 1918, 69

Building: CO. MEATH, KELLS, BECTIVE STREET, GARAGE (GEORGE COONEY)
Date: 1919
Nature: Large garage for Geo. Cooney, Ltd; frontage 200 ft., depth 120 ft.
Refs: IB 61, 8 Nov 1919, 515(illus.); 63, 12 Mar 1921, 151(illus.)

Building: CO. WICKLOW, BRAY, GALTRIM PARK, HOUSE
Date: 1922
Nature: Villa for Mr J. Hanna, Hannavale Rd, Terenure, will shortly be ready.
Refs: IB 64, 20 May 1922, 354

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, HANNAVILLE PARK (TERENURE), HOUSES (011)
Date: 1922
Nature: 11 semi-detached villas, for J. Hanna.
Refs: IB 64, 20 May 1922, 357

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, INFIRMARY ROAD, SHOP & HOUSE
Date: 1923
Nature: For Mr G.T. Lonergan.
Refs: IB 65, 28 Jul 1923, 586

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, WESTMORELAND STREET, NO. 033-34
Date: 1923
Nature: Rebuilding, for Mssrs. Isaacs.
Refs: IB 65, 28 Jul 1923, 586

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, SEAFIELD ROAD (CLONTARF), HOUSES (002)
Date: 1924
Nature: One of these possibly his own house, The Gables?
Refs: IB 66, 18 Oct 1924, 905

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, BEECHMOUNT (GLASNEVIN), PREMISES
Date: 1925
Nature: Extension.
Refs: IB 67, 28 Nov 1925, 973

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, RICHMOND ROAD (DRUMCONDRA), HOUSE
Date: 1925
Nature: New.
Refs: IB 67, 16 May 1925, 401

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CLANBRASSIL STREET LOWER, NO. 680
Date: 1926
Nature: Erection of new shop front for Mr. J.L. McLean.
Refs: IB 68, 13 Nov 1926, 854

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, DAME STREET, NO. 026-28 (HELY)
Date: 1926
Nature: Reconstruction for Mssrs. Hely Ltd.
Refs: IB 68, 1 May 1926, 354

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, IRISHTOWN ROAD, NO. 019
Date: 1926
Nature: Shop & house for Mr Buckley, Talbot St. Builder: M. Moran.
Refs: IB 68, 6 Mar 1926, 178

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, SEAFIELD ROAD (CLONTARF), HOUSE
Date: 1926
Nature: New house for Mr A. Hills. Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 68, 21 Aug 1926, 646

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, SEAFIELD ROAD (CLONTARF), HOUSE
Date: 1926
Nature: Bungalow, for Mr S.C. Preston.
Refs: IB 68, 1 May 1926, 354

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, ARDEE ROAD (RATHMINES), NORTH KERRY MANUFACTURING CO.
Date: 1927
Nature: Additional storage extension to factory. Builder: John Townley, Drumcondra.
Refs: IB 69, 10 Dec 1927, 920

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, FAIRVIEW, GRAND CINEMA
Date: 1929
Nature: Buillder: J. & R. Thompson.
Refs: IB 71, 12 Oct 1929, 920

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, KING'S INNS STREET (& LOFTUS LANE), JAM FACTORY (WILLIAMS & WOODS)
Date: 1929
Nature: New jam factory. Builder: James Clarke, Clanbrassil St.
Refs: IB 71, 25 May 1929, 464

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, ABBEY STREET UPPER, NO. 121
Date: 1931
Nature: Extension. Builder: Clifton & Cooper.
Refs: IB 73, 24 Oct 1931, 927

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, INCHICORE ROAD, NO. 034-38 (ROWNTREE & CO)
Date: 1931-32
Nature: Extension to factory. Builder: Isaac Copeland & Sons. (Was original building designed by him? See obituary in RIAI Yearbook 1948, 35.)
Refs: IB 73, 1 Aug,7 Nov 1931, 685,972; 74, 27 Aug 1932, 782

Building: CO. WICKLOW, BRAY, MAIN STREET, NO. 106
Date: 1932
Nature: Garage, for Mr Spragg.
Refs: IB 74, 9 apr 1932, 347

Building: CO. DUBLIN, BLACKROCK, MOUNT MERRION AVENUE, HOUSE(S)
Date: 1932
Nature: Builder: S. Henly & Son, Leahy's Tce, Sandymount (1932) and Drogheda (1933)
Refs: IB 74, 3 Dec 1932, 1094; 75, 11 Mar,3 Jun 1933, 200,477

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, HOWTH ROAD (CLONTARF), HOUSE
Date: 1932
Nature: Bungalow. Builder: Kearon & Rothwell.
Refs: IB 74, 16 Jan 1932, 69

Building: CO. DUBLIN, RATHFARNHAM, SHOP & DWELLINGS
Date: 1932
Nature: 3-storey building on site of old RIC Barracks, for Mr R. McGrath. Builder: W.H. Clarke, Fairview.
Refs: IB 73, 29 Aug 1931, 765; 74, 30 Jan 1932, 115

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, DOLPHIN'S BARN STREET, NO. 043 (DUBLIN BESPOKE CLOTHING CO.)
Date: 1934
Nature: New factory. Builder: W.H. Clarke.
Refs: IB 76, 30 Jun 1934, 558; obituary in RIAI Yearbook (1948), 35

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, KILLESTER, SHOP
Date: 1934
Nature: Extension.
Refs: IB 66, 4 Oct 1924, 865

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, EAST WALL, FACTORY (HELY)
Date: 1934
Nature: New factory. Contractor: G. & T. Crampton.
Refs: Ruth McManus, Crampton Built (Dublin: G. & T. Crampton, 2008), 92-93(illus.)


Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, EAST WALL?, FACTORY (HELY'S LTD)
Date: 1935
Nature: Builder: G. & T. Crampton
Refs: IB 77, 23 Feb 1935, 137

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUNDRUM, ROSEMOUNT, ODEON CINEMA
Date: 1942
Nature: Builder: R.G. Kirkham, Ballsbridge.
Refs: IB 84, 15 Aug 1942, 293(illus.)

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, NORTH STRAND ROAD, NO. 149 (STRAND CINEMA)
Date: 1944
Nature: Extension, for Strand Cinema Co. Contractor: W.W. Thompson.
Refs: IAA, PKS 0276

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, QUARRY ROAD (CABRA), NO. 060 (CABRA GRAND CINEMA)
Date: 1946-1952
Nature: New cinema.
Refs: IAA, PKS 0437

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, KILMORE ROAD (ARTANE), FAIRDALE PRESERVE WORKS (R. & W. SCOTT (IRELAND) LTD)
Date: 1948
Nature: New factory at Wellington Farm. Contractor: Hodgins & Waters.
Refs: IAA, PKS 1198

Building: CO. WATERFORD, DUNGARVAN, CINEMA
Date: ?
Nature: -
Refs: Obituary in RIAI Yearbook 1948, 35

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, ANNESLEY BRIDGE, FAIRVALE PRESERVE WORKS
Date: ?
Nature: For R. & W. Scott (Ireland) Ltd.
Refs: Obituary in RIAI Yearbook 1948, 35

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, ARDEE ROAD (RATHMINES), ASSOCIATED CHOCOLATE & CONFECTIONERY CO
Date: ?
Nature: Factory.
Refs: Obituary in RIAI Yearbook 1948, 35

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, MILLMOUNT PLACE, NO. 018 (LEMON & CO.)
Date: ?
Nature: Sweet factory.
Refs: Obituary in RIAI Yearbook 1948, 35

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, MOUNT TALLANT AVENUE (HAROLD'S CROSS), BROWN & POLSON LTD
Date: ?
Nature: Factory for Brown & Polson, cornflour, semolina, wheat- and cornflake manufacturers
Refs: Obituary in RIAI Yearbook 1948, 35

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, RICHMOND ROAD (FAIRVIEW), NO. 158-168 (PATEN & CO.)
Date: ?
Nature: Factory foir Paten & Co., canners and coffee manufacturers.
Refs: Obituary in RIAI Yearbook 1948, 35

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, WESTMORELAND STREET, NO. 033-34? (HYAM'S BUILDINGS)
Date: ?
Nature: HJL 'responsible for the premises in Westmoreland Street known as Hyams' Buildings'.
Refs: Obituary in RIAI Yearbook 1948, 35

Author Title Date Details
Lyons, Henry John 'Dublin Houses and their Historic Associations: a walk from Donnybrook to the North Side'' 1931 IB 73, 21 Nov 1931, 1012. (Incomplete photocopy of this article, omitting signature, if any, placed by Jones in H.J. Lyons file. Not necessarily by Lyons.)
Lyons, Henry John 'Some Dublin Buildings' 1931 IB 73, 18 Jul 1931, 633. (Letter to editor in response to Geoffrey Pinkerton, Some Dublin Buildings, pamphlet published in connection with RIBA Dublin Conference, 1931.)