Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Principal surveyor to the Board of Public Works from 1893 until 1911 or later.   Thomas John Mellon was born in Co. Dublin on 22 May 1848.(1)  According to his obituary in the Irish Builder, he was a member of a family 'long connected with building in Dublin' and was a brother of the contractor, Reuben E. Mellon of Rathgar and of MICHAEL MELLON.& MICHAEL MELLON.& #160;  He may also have been related to J.H. MELLON.& MELLON.& #160;  He entered the employment of the Board of Works.  By 1883 he was a district clerk of works for Dublin City, by 1887 an assistant surveyor, and in 1893(2) he was promoted to the rank of principal surveyor with responsibility for the southern district. According to his 1911 census return, he still held the post in that year.(3)  After his retirement,  he went to live in England, where he died at the end of 1922 or in 1923.   He was married but had no children.

AAI:(4) member of revived association, 1896, but had ceased membership by 1903. RIBA: elected fellow, 2 December 1907.(5) RSAI: elected fellow, 12 January 1897, proposed by ROBERT COCHRANE. ROBERT COCHRANE. (6)

Addresses: (Home) 48 Brighton Square West, Rathgar, 1887; 53 Brighton Square West, 1888; 2 Rydal Mount Terrace, Milltown, 1896-1907; 6 Sorrento Terrace, Dalkey, 1910-1911.

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References

All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the brief obituary of Mellon in IB 65, 27 Jun 1923, 49. See also Frederick O'Dwyer, 'The architecture of the Board of Public Works 1831-1923', Public Works: the architecture of the Office of Public Works 1831-1987 (AAI, 1987), 26.

(1) Jones transcript from OPW records.
(2) Jones transcripts from Thom's directories.
(3) He describes himself as 'Principal Surveyor, Board of Works, Ireland', but Rena Lohan, Guide to the Archives of the Office of Public Works (OPW, 1994), 40, states that he retired in 1908.
(4) AAI lists of members.
(5) IB 49, 14 Dec 1907, 845; RIBAJ 15 (1907-8), 105.
(6) JRSAI 27 (1897), 85.


33 work entries listed in chronological order for MELLON, THOMAS JOHN


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Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, PHOENIX PARK, MOUNTJOY BARRACKS
Date: 1878
Nature: Works at same. By TJM? Contractor: R.E. Mellon
Refs: IAA, PKS B08/16

Building: CO. CORK, COBH, CUSTOM HOUSE
Date: 1898
Nature: Completion. £795.
Refs: IAA, PKS 0788, B18/19, A08 (Apr 1898)

Building: CO. WATERFORD, DUNMORE EAST, COASTGUARD HOUSE
Date: 1898
Nature: House for chief coastguard officer.
Refs: IAA, PKS 0794, A08 (Oct 1898)

Building: CO. CORK, DUNNYCOVE, COASTGUARD STATION
Date: 1898
Nature: Replacement of 3-storey block by cottages. Estimated cost: £2,812.
Refs: Drawing(s), 1898, in NA, OPW drawings collection, old ref. A.9.10; IAA, PKS 0779, B18/25, A08 (Jul 1898)

Building: CO. WEXFORD, ARTHURSTOWN, COASTGUARD STATION
Date: 1898
Nature: Estimated cost: £2,365.
Refs: IAA, PKS 0782, A08 (May 1898)

Building: CO. CORK, LAURENCE COVE, COASTGUARD STATION
Date: 1899
Nature: Estimated cost: £3,900.
Refs: IAA, PKS 0801 and A08 (May 1899)

Building: CO. CORK, BALLYCROVANE, COASTGUARD STATION
Date: 1899
Nature: Estimated cost: £2,300.
Refs: IAA, PKS 0816 and A08 (Jul 1899)

Building: CO. CORK, CORK, OLIVER PLUNKETT STREET, POST OFFICE
Date: 1899-1907
Nature: Extension into Pembroke St., involving demolition of neo-Classical PO in Pembroke St. Work started in summer of 1900. Builder: J. Delany & Co., Henry St £20,000.
Refs: IAA, PKS 0828, B19/29, B20/13; IB 42, 15 Jul 1900, 420; 43, 13 Mar 1901, 656

Building: CO. WICKLOW, WICKLOW, POLICE BARRACKS
Date: 1900
Nature: Alts. & extension, for Board of Public Works. Contractor: R. Rochford, of Co. Wexford. Cost: £1,000.
Refs: Architect 63, 22 Jun 1900, suppl., p. 9; IB 42, 1 Jul 1900, 404; 43, 16 Jan 1901, 603; Wicklow Newsletter, 16 Jun,1 Sep 1900

Building: CO. KERRY, VALENTIA ISLAND, KNIGHTSTOWN, COASTGUARD STATION
Date: 1901
Nature: Terrace of cottages. Estimated cost: £4,511.3s.
Refs: Drawing and bill of quantities addressed to TJM in NA, OPW collection; IAA, PKS 0835, B19/48, A08 (Aug 1901)

Building: CO. WEXFORD, ENNISCORTHY, MILL PARK ROAD (AND CASTLE HILL), POST OFFICE
Date: 1901
Nature: New. Builder: William(or Nicholas) Fortune, Enniscorthy. Cost: £3,000.
Refs: IB 43, 20 Jun,15,29 Aug 1901, 768,831,845;  Máire Crean, Lost Post: a selection of Ireland's post office buildings (Dublin, 2012), 76-77, figs.4.48-50.

Building: CO. TIPPERARY, CAHIR, POST OFFICE
Date: 1902
Nature: Estimated cost: £2,383.
Refs: Designs, dated 1902, signed by 'P.J. Lynch for Price Surveyor' and G.W. Crowe, in NA, OPW records, OPWHC/4/602; PKS 0852, B19/63, A08 (May 1902)

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, PHOENIX PARK, MOUNTJOY BARRACKS
Date: 1902
Nature: New map stores. Estimated cost: £3,496.
Refs: IAA, PKS 0854, B08/16, A08 (Jul 1902)

Building: CO. LIMERICK, LIMERICK, CECIL ST LR (& HENRY STREET), POST OFFICE
Date: 1902-03
Nature: Extension. Contractor: J. Ryan & Son. estimated cost: £17,070
Refs: Drawing of Henry St façade, dated 1903, in NA, OPW5HC/4/672,673; IAA; PKS 0856, B19/65, B20/31, A08 (Oct 1902); B 44, 4 Dec 1902, 1506; Frederick O'Dwyer, 'The architecture of the Board of Public Works 1831-1923', Public Works: the architecture of the Office of Public Works 1831-1987 (AAI, 1987), 26

Building: CO. CORK, SKIBBEREEN, POST OFFICE
Date: 1902-1905
Nature: Estimated cost: £2,253. Contractor: D. Creedon, Fermoy.
Refs: IAA, PKS 0863, B20/10, A08 (Nov 1902)

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, PHOENIX PARK, ORDNANCE SURVEY OFFICE
Date: 1903-1905
Nature: New canteen. Estimated cost: £2,947. Contractor: J. & P. Good.
Refs: IAA, PKS 0861, B15/42, B20/08, A08 (Sep 1903)

Building: CO. CORK, CROOKHAVEN, COASTGUARD STATION
Date: 1904
Nature: Estimated cost: £3,896.
Refs: IAA, PKS 0841, B20/19, A08 (Jul 1904)

Building: CO. CORK, CORKBEG, COASTGUARD STATION
Date: 1904
Nature: New coastguard station. Estimated cost: £2,815.
Refs: PKS 0864, B20/25, A08 (Sep 1904)

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, PHOENIX PARK, MOUNTJOY BARRACKS
Date: 1904
Nature: Laundry; alts & adds. to stores, 1904
Refs: IAA, PKS B20/20

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, PHOENIX PARK, ROYAL HIBERNIAN MILITARY SCHOOL
Date: 1904
Nature: New infants' school. Estimated cost: £655. Contractor: G. Langley. (Design given to G.W. Crowe by Casey).
Refs: IAA, PKS B20/27, A08 (Oct 1904);  Christine Casey, The Buildings of Ireland: Dublin (2005), 303.

Building: CO. WEXFORD, NEW ROSS, QUAY, POST OFFICE
Date: 1904-05
Nature: New PO recently completed. Faced with Ruabon bricks with blue limestone dressings. Contractor: Andrew Cullen.
Refs: Drawings signed GWC, 1904, in NA, OPW collection, old ref. E.7.2; IB 47, 7 Oct 1905, 705

Building: CO. WATERFORD, DUNGARVAN, POLICE BARRACKS
Date: 1905
Nature: Adds. & alts. Cost: £872.
Refs: IAA, PKS B20/37, A08 (Jun 1905)

Building: CO. CORK, BALLYDONEGAN, COASTGUARD STATION
Date: 1905
Nature: Extra houses.
Refs: IAA, PKS 0886, B20/44 and A08 (Aug 1905)

Building: CO. KILKENNY, CASTLECOMER, POLICE BARRACKS
Date: 1905
Nature: Adds. Estimataed cost: £1,486.
Refs: IAA, PKS B20/53, A08 (Dec 1905)

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, PHOENIX PARK, COL. WHITE'S GATE LODGE
Date: 1905ca
Nature: Red brick with half timbering and bracketed eaves.
Refs: Christine Casey, The Buildings of Ireland: Dublin (2005), 310.

Building: CO. KERRY, TRALEE, POST OFFICE
Date: 1906-07
Nature: New 2-storey Edwardian Classical building. . Estimated cost: £3,770.
Refs: Elevation, signed by G.W. Crowe, 1907, in NA, OPW drawings collection (old ref. E.8.2); IAA, PKS 0879, B21/06, A08 (Oct 1906)

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, PHOENIX PARK, ROYAL HIBERNIAN MILITARY SCHOOL
Date: 1906;1908-10
Nature: Gymnasium, 1906; new recreation room and library, 1908, &c. (Design given to G.W. Crowe by Casey).
Refs: IAA, PKS B08/96, B21/21 A08 (Apr 1908); IB 48, 17 Nov 1906, 942; 50, 14 Nov 1908, 715; Frederick O'Dwyer, 'The architecture of the Board of Public Works 1831-1923', Public Works: the architecture of the Office of Public Works 1831-1987 (AAI, 1987), 26;  Christine Casey, The Buildings of Ireland: Dublin (2005), 303.

Building: CO. KERRY, SYBIL POINT, WAR SIGNAL STATION
Date: 1907-08
Nature: New. Estimated cost: £1,150.
Refs: Designs, 1907, in NA, OPW drawings collection (old ref. B.3.10); IAA, PKS 0905, B21/28, A08 (Mar 1908)

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, PHOENIX PARK, VICE-REGAL LODGE
Date: 1907-1909
Nature: Glasshouses, with Paton. Contractor: J. & P. Good.
Refs: IAA, PKS B21/24, A08 (Dec 1907)

Building: CO. KERRY, FENIT, CUSTOM HOUSE
Date: 1909
Nature: Flat-roofed, neo-Georgian.
Refs: Drawings and specifications in NA, OPW drawings collection (old refs. B.10.1 and/or B.12.1); B 97, 27 Nov 1909, 600

Building: CO. CORK, BEREHAVEN, WAR SIGNAL STATION
Date: 1910
Nature: Adds. & alts. Estimated cost: £650.
Refs: IAA, PKS 0936, B21/53, A08 (Jun 1910)

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CIRCULAR ROAD SOUTH (KILMAINHAM), ROYAL HOSPITAL
Date: 1911
Nature: New plant houses. Contractor: W. Richardson & Co.
Refs: IAA, PKS B21/62

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, PHOENIX PARK, POLICE DEPOT
Date: 1911
Nature: Drainage works. Contractor: Baird Ltd.
Refs: IAA, PKS 0925, B21/66