Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Builder and architect, of Cork, active in the late 1830s and 1840s. Robert Howard, who was born in 1803 or 1805,(1) was the second son of THOMAS HOWARD [1]  THOMAS HOWARD [1] by his first wife, Margaret Cormack.  Although he is described as a builder in the directories, he is credited with the design of some important Cork buildings, namely the Post Office(2) and the Scots Church.(3) The Cork Standard also describes him as architect and contractor of the Cork Corn Exchange,(4) but other sources give the design of this building to WILLIAM & WILLIAM & amp; HENRY HILL.& HENRY HILL.& #160; Robert Howard is mentioned in the Cork Standard for 10 May 1837 as the object of a carpenters' combination. In 1847 or soon afterwards he left Cork to join his younger brother HENRY HOWARD  HENRY HOWARD in New Orleans, where he died on 20 November 1851.

Addresses: 7 Camden Quay, Cork, 1842;(4) 2 Devonshire Street, 1844;(5) Camden Quay, 1846.(6)

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References

All information and references in this entry  are from Kenneth Severens and from Robert S. Brantley with Victor McGee, Henry Howard, Louisiana's Architect (The Historic New Orleans Collection and Princeton Architectural Press, 2015), 135, 320n7. 


(1) Brantley & McGee give the date variously  as 1803 (p, 135) and 1805 (p, 320n7).
(2) Cork Standard, 19 Nov 1838.
(3) Cork Standard, 12 Feb 1840.
(4) Cork Standard, 11 Feb,6 May,10 Jul,17 Nov 1839.
(5) County and City of Cork Post Office General Directory 1842-43.
(6) County and City of Cork Post Office General Directory 1844-45.
(7) Slater's National Commercial Directory of Ireland 1846.


7 work entries listed in chronological order for HOWARD, ROBERT


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Building: CO. CORK, CORK, GLANMIRE ROAD MIDDLE, CAROLINA TERRACE
Date: 1837
Nature: 2 3-storey apartment buildings, for John & Barcroft Carroll.
Refs: Robert S. Brantley with Victor McGee, Henry Howard, Louisiana's Architect (The Historic New Orleans Collection and Princeton Architectural Press, 2015), 135.

Building: CO. CORK, CORK, GEORGE'S STREET, POST OFFICE
Date: 1838
Nature: RH architect.
Refs: Cork Standard, 19 Nov 1838 (reference from Kenneth Severens);  Robert S. Brantley with Victor McGee, Henry Howard, Louisiana's Architect (The Historic New Orleans Collection and Princeton Architectural Press, 2015), 134(illus.),135. 

Building: CO. CORK, CORK, ALBERT QUAY, CORN EXCHANGE
Date: 1839-1843
Nature: New, with 320ft frontage to river. Central block surmounted by campanile with clock, two wings. RH  contractor.
Refs: Cork Standard, 11 Feb,6 May,10 Jul,27 Nov 1839 (references from Kenneth Severens); Cork Examiner, 11 Nov 1842 (information from Roger Herlihy, Cork, Feb 2011);  J. Windele, Historical and Descriptive Notices of the City of Cork (new edn.,1849), ?.

Building: CO. CORK, CORK, QUEEN STREET, PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Date: 1840-41
Nature: New church; 'neat and compact structure' (Windele). Opened 16 Apr 1841.
Refs: Cork Standard, 12 Feb 1840 (reference from Kenneth Severens); J. Windele, Historical and Descriptive Notices of the City of Cork (1849), ?;  Roger Herlihy, A Walk through the South Parish (Cork: Red Abbey Publications, 2010), 60-61(illus.);  Robert S. Brantley with Victor McGee, Henry Howard, Louisiana's Architect (The Historic New Orleans Collection and Princeton Architectural Press, 2015), 134(illus.),135.

Building: CO. CORK, CORK, MARLBOROUGH STREET, BAPTIST CHURCH
Date: 1841
Nature: Repairs and alterations.
Refs: Cork Standard, 18 Jan 1841 (reference from Kenneth Severens)

Building: CO. CORK, CORK, CAMDEN PLACE, HOUSE
Date: 1843
Nature: 3-storey brick house for himself.
Refs: Robert S. Brantley with Victor McGee, Henry Howard, Louisiana's Architect (The Historic New Orleans Collection and Princeton Architectural Press, 2015),135.

Building: CO. CORK, GLANMIRE, FATHER MATHEW MEMORIAL TOWER
Date: 1843-46
Nature: Gothic tower, consisting of 2 limestone cylinders, the shorter erected 1843-45 to commemorate the success of Fr. Mathew's visit to London in May 1843 in the cause of temperance, the longer in 1845. FS of shorter tower laid 30 Oct 1843.  Both paid for by Mathew's friend William O'Connor, merchant tailor. Steps on W side guarded by watch dogs and Roman warriors. Incorporates bust of Mathew by Hogan. (Statue of Mathew nearby.) Architect 'Mr Howard'. Exterior complete and interior almost complete in Jul 1845.  Public opening on 9 Nov 1846.
Refs: Cork Examiner, 1 Nov 1843, 2 Jul 1845 (information from Roger Herlihy, Cork);  Illustrated London News 7, 21 Nov 1846, 328;  B 4, 28 Nov 1846, 574.