Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Engineer and architect, of Belfast. Francis McArdle, who was born on 7 August 1885, trained as an engineer. He attended the Municipal Technical Institute in Belfast from 1900 to 1907 while serving a pupilage first with J. & T.M. Greeves of the Forth River Mills, Belfast, and then with Coombe Barbour of the Falls Foundry . From 1909 to 1910 he worked as an assistant in the engineering firm of Musgrave and Co. In 1910 he became an assistant to HENRY ALBERT CUTLER HENRY ALBERT CUTLER , city engineer of Belfast. After spending the First World War with the Belfast shipbuilders, Harland & Wolff, he set up in private practice in Belfast. From circa 1922 to circa 1925 he was briefly in partnership with his brother JOHN P. MCARDLE  JOHN P. MCARDLE as F. & J. MCARDLE MCARDLE . He carried out a number of churches and other buildings for the Catholic church in Belfast, as well as commercial developments and housing projects. In 1941 Queen's University, Belfast, conferred the M.Sc.degree on him for research work.(1) At about the same time he gave up his office at 29 Rosemary Street in central Belfast but continued to practise from his home in Andersonstown. He was president of the RSUA for the sessions 1944-45 and 1945-46 and of the RIAI for 1948 and 1949. He died on 21 April 1965, leaving a widow, two daughters and a son.

ICEI: elected associate member, 3 November 1915, having been proposed by ROBERT INKERMAN CALWELL ROBERT INKERMAN CALWELL ;(2) raised to member, 1923.(3)
RIAI: elected member, 1924;(4) raised to fellow, 21 August 1936;(5) president, 1948(6) and 1949.(7)
RIBA: elected fellow, 1944;(8) appointed representatitve of RIAI on RIBA council, 1947-1954;(9) appointed by council to act on United Kingdom Committee of International Union of Architects for 1954-55;(10) had ceased membership by 1964.
RSUA:(11) president, 1944-46; hon. treasurer, 1946-1956.

Addresses:(12) Work: 29 Rosemary Street <=1922->=1940;(13) also office at 3 O'Connell Street Lower, Dublin, 1925.
Home: 37 Clonard Gardens, Belfast, <=1917->=1922; Brookhampton, Andersonstown, Belfast, <=1942 until death.

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References

All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from ICEI membership applications, IV, 190, and from the obituary of McArdle in RIAI Year Book 1965-66, 54-55. A portrait photograph is in RIAI Year Book 1948, 3; he also appears in the group photograph of the RSUA Jubilee Year Council in RSUA Jubilee Year Book 1951-1952, facing p. 37.

(1) IB 83, 16 Aug 1941, 391; this was presumably in connection with the establishment of the building research station at Queen's University, mentioned in McArdle's 1948 presidential address to the RIAI (see BIBLIOGRAPHY).
(2) TICEI 42 (1915-16), ?.
(3) IB 65, 24 Mar 1923, 224.
(4) JRIAI (1925), 6.
(5) IB 78, 5 Sep 1936, 780; JRIAI (1937), 13.
(6) RIAI Year Book 1948, 3.
(7) RIAI Year Book 1950, Report of Council, 2.
(8) IB 86, 26 Feb 1944, 94.
(9) IB 89, 26 Jul 1947, 542 and Reports of Council in RIAI Year Books, 1948-1954.
(10) IB 96, 28 Aug 1954, 837.
(11) From lists of past office bearers in RSUA year books.
(12) From RIAI and ICEI lists of members unless otherwise attributed.
(13) IB 64, 12 Aug 1922, 554.


52 work entries listed in chronological order for MCARDLE, FRANCIS


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Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, BEECHMOUNT AVENUE, HOUSE
Date: 1925
Nature: -
Refs: IB 67, 3,31 Oct 1925, 818,893

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DIVIS DRIVE, HOUSES (008)
Date: 1925
Nature: 8 villas.
Refs: IB 67, 26 Dec 1925, 1053

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, GLEN ROAD, HOLY CROSS CONVENT
Date: 1925
Nature: Tenders invited for erecting chapel & gate lodge.
Refs: IB 67, 13 Jun 1925, 500; B 128, 26 Jun 1925, 990

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, NORFOLK DRIVE, HOUSES (006)
Date: 1925
Nature: -
Refs: IB 67, 8 Aug 1925, 649

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DIVIS STREET, SHOP & HOUSE
Date: 1925
Nature: Lock-up shop & house.
Refs: IB 67, 5 Sep 1925, 730

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DONEGALL ROAD, NO. 537 (CELTIC PARK)
Date: 1925-26
Nature: Covered steel and reinforced concrete stand providing accommodation fo 8,500. To cost £10,000.For Belfast Celtic Football & Athletics Club.
Refs: IB 67, 19 Sep 1925, 778; 68, 7 Aug 1926, 619; Architect 115, 5 Feb 1926, 118

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, FALLS ROAD, MUNSTER & LEINSTER BANK
Date: 1925-26
Nature: New branch office
Refs: IB 67, 8 Aug 1925, 649; 68, 9 Jan 1926, 21

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, BEECHMOUNT AVENUE, STORES
Date: 1926
Nature: For J.B. Kennedy. Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 68, 23 Jan 1926, 61

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DIVIS STREET (& PERCY STREET), SHOP & HOUSE
Date: 1926
Nature: For Mr F. Kane. Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 68, 30 Oct 1926, 824

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, HALLIDAY'S ROAD, SCHOOL
Date: 1926
Nature: Add. for Rev. P.J. O'Kelly. Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 68, 7 Aug 1926, 619

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, MILLFIELD, NO. 018 (ST ANTHONY'S SCHOOL)
Date: 1926
Nature: Fire escape. Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 68, 26 Jun 1926, 510

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, OLDPARK ROAD, HOUSES (016)
Date: 1926
Nature: For Mssrs. J. Carson & Son. Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 68, 4 Sep 1926, 681

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, WHITEROCK ROAD, SHOP & STORE
Date: 1926
Nature: For Mr F. Trench. Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 68, 3 Apr 1926, 258

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, BARRACK STREET, CHRISTIAN BROTHERS SCHOOL
Date: 1926-29
Nature: New school and/or addition. Contractor: James Henry & Sons. Cost: £20,000.
Refs: IB 68, 20 Feb 1926, 142; 69, 5 Mar,26 Nov 1927, 162,881; 71, 16 Feb,2 Mar 1929, 150,190; Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1993), 24

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CIRCULAR ROAD NORTH, CITY ABATTOIR
Date: 1927
Nature: Adds. & alts., equipment, &c., for Dublin Co. Borough Public Health Committee..
Refs: Signed and dated drawing in IAA, Workhouse Drawings Collection, Acc. 85/138.98; IB 68, 6 Feb 1926, 86; 69, 5 Feb,5 Mar 1927, 78,172

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, FLEETWOOD STREET, PREMISES
Date: 1927
Nature: Alts., for Rev. J.A. Moloney and/or Mr R.A. Moloney.
Refs: IB 69, 30 Apr,28 May 1927, 321,396

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, GLENVIEW STREET, PREMISES
Date: 1927
Nature: Adds., for Rev. J. Mcauley. Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 69, 9 Jul 1927, 509

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, MARQUIS STREET, HOUSE
Date: 1927
Nature: For Rev. J. Hassan. Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 69, 16 Apr 1927, 278

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ARTHUR LANE, STORES
Date: 1928
Nature: -
Refs: IB 70, 12 May 1928, 420

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, BEECHMOUNT AVENUE, PREMISES
Date: 1928
Nature: Adds.
Refs: IB 70, 10 Nov 1928, 964

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, GLENVIEW STREET, SCHOOL
Date: 1928
Nature: Adds.
Refs: IB 70, 23 Jun 1928, 550

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, MCAULEY STREET, ABATTOIR
Date: 1928
Nature: Reconstruction. Contractor: H. & J. Martin. Cost: £28,134.15s.3d.
Refs: IB 70, 18 Feb 1928, 150

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, NEWTOWNARDS ROAD, SHOP & HOUSE
Date: 1928
Nature: -
Refs: IB 70, 10 Nov 1928, 964

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, OLDPARK ROAD, CHURCH OF THE SACRED HEART (RC)
Date: 1928
Nature: Adds.
Refs: IB 70, 4 Feb 1928, 110

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CLIFTONVILLE ROAD, POOR CLARE CONVENT
Date: 1928-32
Nature: Private chapel and choir, for Rev. Mother Abbess. Contractor: Carson & Sons, Belfast. Chapel dedicated by Bishop of Down & Connor 19 Nov 1930. Also boundary wall, shed.
Refs: IB 70, 18 Feb,26 May,22 Dec 1928, 148,462,1070; 73, 19 Dec 1931, 1101; 74, 19 Nov 1932, 1052; Catholic Directory (1931), 645

Building: CO. MONAGHAN, GLASLOUGH, PAROCHIAL HOUSE
Date: 1929
Nature: New.
Refs: IB 71, 11 M;ay 1929, 420

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CRUMLIN ROAD, MATER INFIRMORUM HOSPITAL, NURSES' HOME
Date: 1930-34;1940
Nature: Extensions. Contractor: John Carson & Sons, Dinowen Gdns, Belfast. Alts. & adds., 1940.
Refs: Architect & Building News, 24 Oct 1930, 575; IB 72, 22 Nov 1930, 1055; 73, 28 Feb,24 Oct 1931, 186,929; 74, 19 Nov 1932, 1050; 75, 26 Aug 1933, 722; 76, 21 Apr 1934, 347; 82, 16 Mar 1940, 178)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, BEECHMOUNT AVENUE, BAKERY
Date: 1930;1932;1937
Nature: Adds., including drains ?and stables, 1930; further adds., 1932; further adds., 1937.
Refs: IB 72, 15 Feb,26 Apr,22 Nov 1930, 151,383,1055; IB 74, 26 Mar 1932, 303; 79, 30 Oct 1937, 962

Building: CO. LIMERICK, LIMERICK, MUNICIPAL ABATTOIR
Date: 1931
Nature: New.
Refs: IB 73, 21 Nov 1931, 1016

Building: CO. MONAGHAN, MONAGHAN, COUNTY HOSPITAL
Date: 1931
Nature: Imps. including extension and alts to entrance.
Refs: IB 73, 11 Apr,20 Jun,4 Jul,15 Aug 1931, 324,558,606,727

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DONEGALL ROAD, NATIONAL GREYHOUND RACING CO.
Date: 1931
Nature: Totalisator indicator.
Refs: IB 73, 21 Nov 1931, 1015

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, HOWARD STREET, PREMISES
Date: 1931
Nature: Adds.
Refs: IB 73, 7 Nov 1931, 972

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BALLYMENA, CHURCH STREET (& BRYAN STREET), PREMISES (HIPPS LTD)
Date: 1932
Nature: Rebuilding of premises.
Refs: IB 74, 31 Dec 1932, 1165

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, BANK STREET, NO. 007-17 (ST MARY'S CATHOLIC HALL)
Date: 1932
Nature: Alts.
Refs: IB 74, 30 Jan 1932, 113

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, GLENVIEW STREET, PREMISES
Date: 1932
Nature: Adds., for Rev. J. Mcauley.
Refs: IB 74, 21 May 1932, 74

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, HOWARD STREET, PREMISES
Date: 1933
Nature: Alts., for T. McGeaugh.
Refs: IB 75, 22 Apr 1933, 342

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, FALLS ROAD, BEECHMOUNT, OUR LADY'S HOSPITAL
Date: 1933-34
Nature: New hospital and private oratory of Our Lady of Lourdes, for Mater Infirmorum Hospital. Contractor: J.J. Doyle, Grace St (or La Frere St), Belfast. FS of oratory laid Feb 1934.
Refs: IB 75, 25 Feb,22 Apr 1933, 161, 344; 76, 27 Jan,24 Feb,21 Apr 1934, 70,156,347; Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 87, no. 203(illus.)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, BEECHMOUNT AVENUE, OFFICES & STORES
Date: 1934
Nature: -
Refs: IB 76, 28 Jul 1934, 641

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, GLEN ROAD, HOLY CROSS CONVENT
Date: 1934
Nature: New. Contractor: Flynn & O'Neill, Dundrum, Co. Down.
Refs: IB 76, 21 Apr 1934, 347

Building: CO. TYRONE, COOKSTOWN, PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Date: 1935
Nature: New. Contractor: Pat McGrath, Cookstown.
Refs: IB 77, 2 Nov 1935, 1013; 78, 13 Jun 1936, 523

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CRUMLIN ROAD, HOUSE
Date: 1935
Nature: -
Refs: IB 77, 29 Jun 1935, 578

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DIVIS DRIVE, HOUSES (002)
Date: 1935
Nature: -
Refs: IB 77, 4 May 1935, 281

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ORMEAU ROAD, CHURCH (RC)
Date: 1936
Nature: New heating chamber.
Refs: IB 78, 28 Nov 1936, 1089

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CRUMLIN ROAD, CONVENT OF MERCY
Date: 1937
Nature: Alts. & adds.
Refs: IB 79, 20 Mar 1937, 262

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BALLYCASTLE, CROSS & PASSION CONVENT SCHOOL
Date: 1938
Nature: Assembly hall, classrooms & cloakroom.
Refs: IB 80, 1 Oct 1938, 838

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CRUMLIN ROAD, MATER INFIRMORUM HOSPITAL
Date: 1938
Nature: Adds.
Refs: IB 80, 5 Mar 1938, 197

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, GLEN ROAD, SCHOOL
Date: 1938
Nature: New school in St Teresa's parish. Cost: £18,000.
Refs: IB 80, 26 Nov 1938, 997

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, MILLISLE ROAD, PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Date: 1939
Nature: New.
Refs: IB 81, 30 Sep 1939, 834

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, MICA DRIVE, ST PAUL'S PRIMARY SCHOOL
Date: 1954
Nature: New sanitary block.
Refs: IB 96, 5 Jun 1954, 558

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DEANBY GARDENS, CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR (RC)
Date: 1954
Nature: New church.
Refs: IB 96, 28 Aug 1954, 845

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, BALLYSILLAN ROAD, OUR LADY OF MERCY INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL
Date: 1954-1956
Nature: New school for Sisters of Mercy. Contractor: J. McCready Ltd.
Refs: IB 96, 24 Apr 1954, 417; 97, 13 Aug 1955, 841; IB 98, 21 Apr 1956, 377

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, GLENVIEW STREET, ST COLUMBAN'S PRIMARY SCHOOL
Date: 1957
Nature: Works at same.
Refs: IB 99, 15 Jun 1957, 477

Author Title Date Details
Mcarldle, Francis [President's address to RIAI] 1948 RIAI Year Book (1948), 26-31. (Reported at length in IB 90, 20 Mar 1948, 210-212.)