Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Belfast and Downpatrick, active from the 1920s until the 1950s or later. Thomas McLean's work in the pre-war period, besides some domestic, commercial and Catholic church and school work, included a series of cinemas in Belfast for the electrical engineer and cinema entrepreneur Michael Curran.(1) McLean also had an office in Downpatrick, Co. Down, where he was town surveyor from 1934(2) or earlier. He produced a plan for the town in 1937.(3) In the spring of 1941 he captained the Downpatrick fire brigade, when it went to assist in Belfast after the Easter air raids.(4) After the war, in 1949, he entered into partnership with FELIX FORTE FELIX FORTE , practising as MCLEAN & FORTE MCLEAN & FORTE . He died in 1961 or 1962.(5)

Institute of Registered Architects: member by 1939.(6)
RSUA: associate by 1936 ; member by 1939.(7)

Addresses: Belfast: 26 Howard Street, Belfast, <=1934-1935;(8) 41 Ocean Buildings, Belfast, 1935-1937;(9) 41 & 42 Ocean Buildings, 1937->=1939;(10) 12 High Street, Belfast, <=1949(11)-1953; 37 Malone Road, Belfast, from 1954.(12)
Downpatrick: Church Sreet, <=1929->=1934;(13) Irish Street, <=1947->=1954.(14)

See WORKS; see also works of MCLEAN & FORTE. MCLEAN & FORTE.



References



(1) IB 82, 28 Sep 1940, 594.
(2) IB 76, 21 Apr 1934, 354.
(3) IB 79, 23 Jan 1937, 82.
(4) IB 83, 24 May 1941, 262.
(5) RSUA Year Book (1963), 83.
(6) IB 81, 4 Feb 1939, 109.
(7) Lists of RSUA members in Thom's directories.
(8) IB 76, 20 Oct 1934, 913; 77, 19 Oct 1935, 945.
(9) IB 79, 20 Mar 1937, 265.
(10) IB 79, 4 Sep 1937, 798; 81, 4 Feb 1939, 109.
(11) IB 91, 12 Nov 1949, 1068.
(12) IB 96, 11 Sep 1954, 904.
(13) A& BN 22 Nov 1929, 650; IB 76, 20 Oct 1934, 913.
(14) IB 89, 29 Nov 1947, 898; 96, 24 Apr 1954.


79 work entries listed in chronological order for MCLEAN, THOMAS


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Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CUPAR STREET (& SUGARFIELD STREET), SHOP & HOUSE
Date: 1926
Nature: For Mr W. Power. Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 68, 16 Oct 1926, 790

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DIVIS STREET, COLLEGE OF IRISH LANGUAGE & LITERATURE
Date: 1928
Nature: To be built. Contractors: J. & T. McDonnell, Divis St.
Refs: Architect & Building News 120, 30 Nov 1928, 709; IB 70, 8 Dec 1928, 1042

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DONEGALL ROAD, SHOPS (002)
Date: 1929
Nature: -
Refs: IB 71, 21 Dec 1929, 1138

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, RIGA STREET, HOUSES (002)
Date: 1929
Nature: -
Refs: IB 71, 16 Mar 1929, 238

Building: CO. DOWN, DOWNPATRICK, CHURCH STREET, HOUSES (006)
Date: 1929-1930
Nature: 9 houses in Edward St & 6 houses in Church St, for Downpatrick UDC. Tenders invited.
Refs: Architect & Building News 122, 22 Nov 1929, 650; IB 71, 23 Nov 1929, 1057; 72, 1 Mar 1930, 204

Building: CO. DOWN, DOWNPATRICK, EDWARD STREET, HOUSES (009)
Date: 1929-1930
Nature: 9 houses in Edward St & 6 houses in Church St, for Downpatrick UDC. Tenders invited.
Refs: Architect & Building News 122, 22 Nov 1929, 650; IB 71, 23 Nov 1929, 1057; 72, 1 Mar 1930, 204

Building: CO. DOWN, DOWNPATRICK, CHURCH OF ST PATRICK (RC)
Date: 1930
Nature: Painting, decoration & incidental work.
Refs: IB 72, 29 Mar 1930, 296

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, WINDSOR ROAD, HOUSES (008)
Date: 1930
Nature: Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 72, 12 Apr 1930, 334

Building: CO. DOWN, PORTAFERRY, SCHOOL
Date: 1931
Nature: Tenders invited for erecting new school for Very Rev. P. McKillop.
Refs: IB 73, 5,19 Dec 1931, 1064,1103; Architect & Building News 128, 18 Dec 1931, 362

Building: CO. DOWN, DUNMORE (BALLYNAHINCH), PAROCHIAL HOUSE
Date: 1931
Nature: -
Refs: IB 73, 28 Mar 1931, 274

Building: CO. DOWN, STRANGFORD, CHURCH OF ST MARY (RC)
Date: 1931
Nature: New church replacing one of 1820 irreparably damaged by fire, Sep 1930.. Contractor: Flynn & McNeill, Dundrum.
Refs: IB 73, 14,28 Feb,1 Aug 1931, 146,188,686; G.P. Bell, C.E.B. Brett, R. Matthew, Portaferry & Strangford (UAHS, 1969), 27 (no. 103)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, NEW LODGE ROAD, ST MALACHY'S SCHOOL
Date: 1931
Nature: Fire escape stairs.
Refs: IB 73, 1 Aug 1931, 685

Building: CO. DOWN, BARNMEEN (RATHFRILAND), PRESBYTERY
Date: 1932
Nature: Tenders invited for carrying out alts. & adds. for Very Rev. Canon J. Fitzpatrick, PP.
Refs: IB 74, 21 May 1932, 484

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, WATERVILLE STREET, ST GALL'S MONASTERY PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Date: 1932
Nature: Alts. & adds, heating system, for Rev. J. McCaughan, BA.
Refs: IB 74, 21 May,27 Aug 1932, 480,782

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, MILFORD STREET, PRESBYTERY
Date: 1933
Nature: Adds., for Rev. J. McKillop.
Refs: IB 75, 9 Sep 1933, 781

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, MILFORD STREET, PRESBYTERY
Date: 1933
Nature: Adds., for Rev. J. McKillop.
Refs: IB 75, 9 Sep 1933, 781

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DUNLEWEY STREET, ST VINCENT'S GIRLS' SCHOOL
Date: 1933
Nature: Adds.
Refs: IB 75, 21 Oct 1933, 909

Building: CO. DOWN, BALLYNAHINCH, CONVENT & SCHOOLS OF SISTERS OF THE ASSUMPTION
Date: 1933;1936
Nature: FS of new convent & schools laid by Dr Mulhern, Bishop of Dromore, 23 Apr 1933. New class rooms, science hall, art room & dormitories, 1936.
Refs: IB 75, 6 May 1933, 385; 78, 27 Jun 1936, 572

Building: CO. DOWN, DOWNPATRICK, PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Date: 1934
Nature: New.
Refs: IB 76, 20 Oct 1934, 913

Building: CO. DOWN, DOWNPATRICK, ABATTOIR
Date: 1934
Nature: Conversion of slaughterhouse into public abattoir, for Downpatrick UDC.
Refs: IB 76, 21 Apr 1934, 354

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CRUMLIN ROAD (& TENNENT STREET), SAVOY CINEMA
Date: 1934
Nature: New. For Savoy Picture House Ltd.
Refs: IB 76, 19 May,16 Jun,17 Nov 1934, 438,502,517,1002; 77, 12 Jan 1935, 16; 79. 10 Jul 1937, 630; Paul Larmour, 'Cinema Paradiso', Perspective, Mar/Apr 1996, 26

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, FALLS ROAD (NEW STREET OFF), HOUSE
Date: 1934
Nature: -
Refs: IB 76, 16 Jun 1934, 517

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, FALLS ROAD (NEW STREET OFF), HOUSES (010)
Date: 1934
Nature: -
Refs: IB 76, 17 Nov 1934, 1002

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, FALLS ROAD, WILLOWBANK, DE LA SALLE RESIDENCE
Date: 1934
Nature: New. For De La Salle Brothers.
Refs: IB 76, 19 May,20 Oct 1934, 438,913

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, LA SALLE PARK, HOUSES (002)
Date: 1934
Nature: -
Refs: IB 76, 14 Jul 1934, 601

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, BEECHMOUNT AVENUE (& ISLANDBAWN STREET), ST MARY'S GIRLS' SCHOOL
Date: 1934
Nature: Lavatories in Beechmoiunt Avenue and Islandbawn Street for St Mary's Girls' School.
Refs: IB 76, 1 Dec 1934, 1049.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DONEGALL ROAD, CINEMA & SHOPS (002)
Date: 1934-1935
Nature: New.
Refs: IB 76, 6 Oct 1934, 865; 77, 12 Jan,4 May,5 Oct 1935, 16,381,920

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, NEWTOWNARDS ROAD UPPER, ASTORIA CINEMA
Date: 1934-1935
Nature: New. For Michael Curran. Alts. 1935.
Refs: IB 76, 28 Jul 1934, 641; 77, 12 Jan,9 Mar,6 Apr 1935, 16,205,289; 82, 28 Sep 1940, 594 (obituary of Michael Curran); Paul Larmour, 'Cinema Paradiso', Perspective, Mar/Apr 1996, 26, gives date as 1939.

Building: CO. DOWN, DOWNPATRICK, SAUL STREET, HOUSES
Date: 1935
Nature: Erection of 36 houses in Edward St & Saul St. For UDC.
Refs: IB 77, 18 May,15 Jun 1935, 529,400

Building: CO. DOWN, DOWNPATRICK, EDWARD STREET, HOUSES
Date: 1935
Nature: Erection of 36 houses in Edward St & Saul St. For UDC.
Refs: IB 77, 18 May,15 Jun 1935, 400,529

Building: CO. DOWN, BANGOR, CINEMA
Date: 1935
Nature: For Michael Curran.
Refs: IB 77, 2 Nov 1935, 990; 82, 28 Sep 1940, 594 (obituary of Michael Curran)

Building: CO. DOWN, DOWNPATRICK, PAROCHIAL HALL
Date: 1935
Nature: Built for Canon McWilliams, PP. Opened by Bishop of Down & Connor May, 1935.
Refs: IB 77, 18 May 1935, 400

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ANTRIM ROAD (& ALEXANDRA PARK AVE), CAPITOL CINEMA
Date: 1935
Nature: New. For Michael Curran. (Demolished)
Refs: IB 77, 4 May,10 Aug,2 Nov 1935, 381,715,990,1010; 82, 28 Sep 1940, 594 (obituary of Michael Curran); Paul Larmour, 'Cinema Paradiso', Perspective, Mar/Apr 1996, 26(illus.)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, FALLS ROAD, PETROL STATION
Date: 1935
Nature: -
Refs: IB 77, 9 Feb,6 aPR 1935, 115,289,289

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, LA SALLE DRIVE, HOUSES (006)
Date: 1935
Nature: -
Refs: IB 77, 13 Jul 1935, 625

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, LISBURN ROAD (& LANCEFIELD ROAD), REGAL CINEMA
Date: 1935
Nature: New. Canopy added, end 1935. Demolished 1982.
Refs: IB 77, 4 May,10 Aug,7 Sep,19 Oct,2 Nov 1935, 381,715,816,962,1010; Paul Larmour, 'Cinema Paradiso', Perspective, Mar/Apr 1996, 26

Building: CO. ANTRIM, LARNE, CINEMA
Date: 1935
Nature: Proposed new cinema.
Refs: IB 77, 16 Nov 1935, 1042

Building: CO. DOWN, DRUMANESS (BALLYNAHINCH), CHURCH OF CHRIST THE KING (RC)
Date: 1935-36
Nature: New church to hold 500 in Magheradroll parish. Cost: £3,000. FS laid 4 Jul 1935. Dedicated 25 Oxt 1936 by Dr E. Mulhern, Bishop of Dromore.
Refs: IB 77, 4 May,13 Jul 1935, 381,625; 78, 14 Nov 1936, 1029; E. Campbell, Ecclesiastical Buildings of the Diocese of Dromore (1940), 13

Building: CO. DOWN, DOWNPATRICK, PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Date: 1935-36
Nature: New. For Canon McWilliams. Contractor: R.J. Hamilton (£7,000).£8,000.
Refs: IB 77, 18 May,1 Jun 1935, 400,452; 78, 11 Jan 1936, 13

Building: CO. DERRY?, DERRY?, WATERSIDE, CINEMA
Date: 1936
Nature: To be built.
Refs: IB 78, 30 May 1936, 482 (may not be Derry, location omitted by Jones)

Building: CO. DOWN, CLONVARAGHAN, CHURCH OF THE ANGELS (RC)
Date: 1936
Nature: New church to seat 500 to be built. FS laid 21 Jun.
Refs: IB 78, 30 May,27 Jun 1936, 481,572 (2 churches possibly conflated here as Jones has omitted to put location)

Building: CO. ARMAGH, TANNAGHMORE (LURGAN), PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Date: 1936
Nature: Alts. & adds.
Refs: IB 78, 17 Oct 1936, 950

Building: CO. DOWN, NEWRY, PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Date: 1936
Nature: New Catholic elementary school to be beuilt. £25,000.
Refs: IB 78, 30 May 1936, 482

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BALLYMACRICKET (GLENAVY), PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Date: 1936
Nature: New.
Refs: IB 78, 17 Oct 1936, 950

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, FALLS ROAD, NO. 140 (CLONARD PICTURE HOUSE)
Date: 1936
Nature: Alts. & imps.
Refs: IB 78, 30 May 1936, 481

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, FALLS ROAD, WILLOWBANK, BROADWAY CINEMA
Date: 1936
Nature: New. Contractor: John Curran.
Refs: IB 78, 18 Apr,2,30 May 1936, 318,389,481; Paul Larmour, 'Cinema Paradiso', Perspective, Mar/Apr 1996, 23(illus.),26

Building: CO. ANTRIM, DUNLOY, PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Date: 1936
Nature: New.
Refs: IB 78, 17 Oct 1936, 950

Building: CO. DOWN, DOWNPATRICK, SAUL STREET, ST PATRICK'S HIGH SCHOOL
Date: 1936-37
Nature: New. For De La Salle Brothers. Opened Dec 1937. Cost: £11,000. Contractor: P.J. Hamilton, Downpatrick.
Refs: IB 78, 12 Dec 1936, 1131; 79, 20 Mar,11 Dec 1937, 265,1101

Building: CO. DOWN, NEWRY, ST COLMAN'S ABBEY PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Date: 1936-38
Nature: For Christian Brothers. FS laid 17 Mar? 1937 by Dr Mulhern, Bishop of Dromore. Contrac tor: F.G. O'Hare, Warrenpoint.
Refs: IB 78, 18 Apr 1936, 343); 79, 3 Apr,4 Sep 1937, 314,798; 80, 25 Jun 1938, 524,545; E. Campbell, Ecclesiastical Buildings in the Diocese of Dromore (1940), 5

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ANTRIM ROAD, PREMISES
Date: 1937
Nature: Alts.
Refs: IB 79, 10 Jul 1937, 630

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ARDOYNE, CINEMA
Date: 1937
Nature: New.
Refs: IB 79, 6 Feb 1937, 104

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, FALLS ROAD (NEW STREET OFF), HOUSES (007)
Date: 1937
Nature: -
Refs: IB 79, 23 Jan 1937, 82

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, FALLS ROAD, SHOPS (002)
Date: 1937
Nature: 2 lock-up shops.
Refs: IB 79, 23 Jan 1937, 82

Building: CO. DOWN, HOLYWOOD, SCHOOL
Date: 1938
Nature: New RC school opened recently by Bishop of Down & Connor. Cost:6,750.
Refs: IB 80, 3 Sep 1938, 753

Building: CO. DOWN, BALLYCRUTTLE (SAUL), PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Date: 1938
Nature: New.
Refs: IB 80, 9 Jul 1938, 581

Building: CO. ARMAGH, ARMAGH, CATHEDRAL ROAD, ST PATRICK'S COLLEGE
Date: 1938
Nature: New wing.
Refs: IB 80, 14 May 1938, 414

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ANTRIM ROAD, SHOP, HOUSE & STORE
Date: 1938
Nature: Store & conversion of house into shop & store.
Refs: IB 80, 24 Dec 1938, 1077; 81, 29 Apr 1939, 368

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DONEGALL ROAD, HALL
Date: 1938
Nature: Conversion from garage.
Refs: IB 80, 19 Feb 1938, 150

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, FALLS ROAD, SHOP & HOUSE
Date: 1938
Nature: Conversion from house.
Refs: IB 82, 20 Jan 1940, 51

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, FALLS ROAD, SHOP & HOUSE
Date: 1938
Nature: Conversion from house.
Refs: IB 80, 24 Dec 1938, 1077

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, FALLS ROAD, SHOP & HOUSE
Date: 1938
Nature: Conversion from house.
Refs: IB 80, 30 Apr 1938, 366

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, LA SALLE DRIVE, HOUSES (002)
Date: 1938
Nature: -
Refs: IB 80, 29 Oct,24 Dec 1938, 918,1077

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, SPRINGFIELD ROAD, SHOP & HOUSE
Date: 1938
Nature: Conversion from house.
Refs: IB 80, 30 Apr 1938, 366

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ANTRIM ROAD, LAVATORIES
Date: 1938
Nature: Alts.
Refs: IB 80, 11 Jun 1938, 497

Building: CO. ARMAGH, ARMAGH, CATHEDRAL ROAD, ST PATRICK'S COLLEGE
Date: 1938-1940
Nature: New wing, costing £14,000. Opened 1940.
Refs: IB 80, 14 May 1938, 414;  82, 6 Jan 1940, 22.

Building: CO. DOWN, CARRICKMACSTAY (WARRENPOINT), PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Date: 1938-39
Nature: New. Recently opened by Dr Mulhern, Bishop of Dromore. Contractor: Patrick Fitzpatrick, Mountpanther, Clough.
Refs: IB 80, 1 Oct 1938, 838; 81, 16 Sep 1939, 801

Building: CO. DOWN, WARRENPOINT, CHURCH OF ST PETER (RC)
Date: 1939
Nature: Heating.
Refs: IB 81, 4 Feb 1939, 109

Building: CO. DOWN, DRUMANESS (BALLYNAHINCH), PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Date: 1939
Nature: Recently opened by Dr Mulhern, Bishop of Dromore. Contractor: R.J. Hamilton, Downpatrick. Cost: £4,500.
Refs: IB 81, 18 Mar 1939, 238

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, LA SALLE DRIVE, HOUSES (002)
Date: 1939
Nature: -
Refs: IB 81, 18 Feb,29 Apr 1939, 153,368

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ORMEAU ROAD (& AGINCOURT AVE), APOLLO CINEMA
Date: 1939
Nature: Adds.
Refs: IB 81, 25 Nov 1939, 967

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DIVIS STREET, NO. 125 (MORNING STAR HOSTEL)
Date: 1940
Nature: Fire escape stair.
Refs: IB 82, 20 Jan 1940, 51

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, NEWTOWNARDS ROAD UPPER, PREMISES
Date: 1940
Nature: Adds.
Refs: IB 82, 22 Jun 1940, 418

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, SOMERTON ROAD, HOUSE
Date: 1940
Nature: Alts.
Refs: IB 82, 27 Apr 1940, 282

Building: CO. DOWN, DOWNPATRICK, HOUSES (076)
Date: 1947
Nature: Internal electrical installation. For Downpatrick UDC.
Refs: IB 89, 29 Nov 1947, 898

Building: CO. DOWN, DOWNPATRICK, HOUSES (012)
Date: 1951
Nature: Plumbing. For Downpatrick UDC.
Refs: IB 93, 28 Apr 1951, 456

Building: CO. DOWN, CLONTIFLEECE (WARRENPOINT), NATIONAL SCHOOLS
Date: 1953
Nature: Reconstruction. Builder: J. Morgan, Mayobridge.
Refs: IB 95, 28 Mar 1953, 322

Building: CO. DOWN, DOWNPATRICK, HOUSES (040)
Date: 1953
Nature: Plumbing. For Downpatrick UDC.
Refs: IB 95, 28 Mar 1953, 324

Building: CO. DOWN, DOWNPATRICK, JOHN STREET LOWER, HOUSES
Date: 1954
Nature: Erection of 80 houses in Saul St and Lr John St. For UDC.
Refs: IB 96, 24 Apr 1954, 418

Building: CO. DOWN, DOWNPATRICK, SAUL STREET, HOUSES
Date: 1954
Nature: Erection of 80 houses in Saul St and Lr John St. For UDC.
Refs: IB 96, 24 Apr 1954, 418