Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architectural amateur and linen draper, of Belfast. According to Brett, Adam McClean was one of four sons of the innkeeper at Shane's Castle, Co. Antrim. 'That he was genuinely interested in architecture and not merely in property speculation my be deduced from the tedious and rather pathetic letters, still preserved, with which in later years he bombarded the great Sir John Soane.' McClean built a terrace of nine large houses on Donegall Square, Belfast, circa 1808, of which only one (No. 4) survives, and a block of warehouses at 19-23 Franklin Street and 7, 9 and 11 Wellington Place. He died on 14 August 1849 at the age of eighty-three and was buried in the New Burying Ground, Belfast.

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References

All information in this entry is from C.E.B. Brett, The Buildings of Belfast (2nd edition, 1985), 13,19,20, and A.C.W. Merrick & R.S.J. Clarke, Old Belfast Families and the New Burying Ground (Ulster Historical Foundation, 1991), 173-4.


3 work entries listed in chronological order for MCCLEAN, ADAM


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Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DONEGALL SQUARE, HOUSES (009)
Date: 1808ca
Nature: Terrace of 9 houses of which only one survives. Architect possibly Roger Mulholland.
Refs: C.E.B. Brett, The Buildings of Belfast (2nd edition, 1985), 13

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, WELLINGTON PLACE, NO. 007,9 & 11
Date: 1830
Nature: 3 houses built by AM.
Refs: C.E.B. Brett, The Buildings of Belfast (2nd edition, 1985), 20

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, FRANKLIN STREET, NO. 019-23
Date: 1835
Nature: Pedimented warehouse.
Refs: C.E.B. Brett, The Buildings of Belfast (2nd edition, 1985), 19