Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Bangor, Co. Down, and Chelmsford, Essex. According to the 1911 census returns, George Gordon O'Neill, was born in Co. Limerick in 1888, the son of George Thomas O'Neill, an agent in the printing business, and his wife, Helen.    By 1907 his family had moved to Bangor, and he had become a pupil of WILLIAM JOHN WATERMAN ROOME. WILLIAM JOHN WATERMAN ROOME. (1) He is described as 'Architect civil service finance act' in the 1911 census returns.   By 1917 he had established his own practice in Bangor.  Later he had an office in Belfast.  He remained in Northern Ireland until the early 1930s, but by 1937 had moved to Chelmsford, Essex,(2) where he established an office. After the Second World War he took George Robert Fordham into partnership, practising as O'Neill & Fordham.(3) He died in 1981. A file of his letters to J.H. Craig about the repair and construction of various properties, 1921-1935, is in PRONI, D3413/A/G/19.

RIAI: elected member, 1916;(4) ceased membership, 1933;(5) re-elected, 1947;(6) resigned 1956.(7)
RIBA: passed preliminary examination, June 1907;(8) licentiate, 1931;(9) fellow, 1946.(10)
RSUA: member by 1937;(11) no longer a member by 1938.

Addresses: Work: 141 Main Street, Bangor, <=1917->=1919; 119 Main Street, Bangor, 1924; 26 Corn Market, Belfast, 1931.(12)
Home: Florenceville, Bangor, Co. Down, 1907;(13)  71 Princetown Road, Bangor, 1911;  Bay Lands, Bangor, 1931;(14) Faircross, Springfield, Chelmsford, Essex, 1937;(15) 65 Springfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex, <=1946->=1957.(16)

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References

All information in this entry not otherwise accounteed for is from the membership lists of the RIAI. O'Neill's dates of birth and death are from Directory of British Architects 1834-1914 (RIBA 2001), II, 288.

(1) RIBAJ 14 (1907), 621.
(2) List of RSUA members in Thom's Directory (1937), 719.
(3) RIBA Kalendar 1957-1958, 209,407.
(4) JRIAI (1917), 10.
(5) JRIAI (1934), 7.
(6) RIAI Year Book (1948), 18.
(7) RIAI Year Book (1957), 58.
(8) See note 1, above.
(9) RIBAJ 38 (1931), 162,341.
(10) RIBAJ 53 (1946), 310,422.
(11) See note 2, above.
(12) See note 9, above.
(13) See note 1, above.
(14) See note 2, above.
(15) See note 9, above.
(16) See note 3, above.


17 work entries listed in chronological order for O'NEILL, GEORGE GORDON


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Building: CO. DOWN, BANGOR, CENTRAL AVENUE, HALL
Date: 1917
Nature: New.
Refs: IB 59, 6 Jan 1917, 16

Building: CO. DOWN, BANGOR, BAY LANDS
Date: 1920s;1930s
Nature: New speculative housing development comprising First to Fifth Avenues laid out by G.O'N in 1920s and 1930s.
Refs: Marcus Patton, Bangor: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1999), 19,78

Building: CO. DOWN, BANGOR, FIFTH AVENUE, NO. 018 (WHITE HOUSE)
Date: 1921ca
Nature: New house with half-hipped roof and balcony at first-floor level.
Refs: Marcus Patton, Bangor: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1999), 81

Building: CO. DOWN, BANGOR, FIFTH AVENUE, NO. 028
Date: 1921ca
Nature: Asymmetrical bungalow with pantile roof. For James Shields.
Refs: Marcus Patton, Bangor: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1999), 81

Building: CO. DOWN, BANGOR, FIRST AVENUE, NO. 009 (TAVISTOCK)
Date: 1921ca
Nature: 2-storey roughcast house on l-shaped plan, 'probably' by G. O'N.
Refs: Marcus Patton, Bangor: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1999), 81,83(illus.)

Building: CO. DOWN, BANGOR, CENTRAL AVENUE, SHOPS (002) & HOUSE
Date: 1922
Nature: Tenders invited for erecting same.
Refs: IB 64, 16 Dec 1922, 871

Building: CO. DOWN, BANGOR, FIFTH AVENUE, NO. 016 (WINDRUM HOUSE)
Date: 1922ca
Nature: 'Rather heavy asymmetrical smoth-rendered housewith walls pierced by corbelled slightly projecting windows, a porthole window and a barrell-roofed porch'. Designed for himself.
Refs: Marcus Patton, Bangor: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1999), 79(illus.),81

Building: CO. DOWN, BANGOR, FIFTH AVENUE, NO. 025
Date: 1922ca
Nature: Roughcast bungalow. For Arthur Frame.
Refs: Marcus Patton, Bangor: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1999), 81

Building: CO. DOWN, BANGOR, BANGOR CHRISTIAN WORKERS' SOCIETY HALL
Date: 1923
Nature: Tenders invited for erection of same, for Trustees of Bangor Christian Workers' Society.
Refs: IB 65, 2 Jun 1923, 424

Building: CO. DOWN, BANGOR, MAIN STREET, NO. 109 (SPECTATOR BUILDINGS)
Date: 1924
Nature: New 'rather Art Deco building' for Co. Down Spectator. For D.E. Alexander
Refs: Marcus Patton, Bangor: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1999), 124(illus.),125

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DENORRTON PARK, HOUSE
Date: 1926
Nature: New bungalow, for Mr R. Getgood. Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 68, 25 Dec 1926, 956

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, BALMORAL AVENUE, NO. 075
Date: 1927
Nature: New villa for Mr G. Prescott. Roughcast with slate-hung gable and roofed chimney.
Refs: IB 69, 12 Nov 1927, 838; Paul Larmour, The Architectural Heritage of Malone & Stranmillis (UAHS, 1991), 28-29

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, NORTHUMBERLAND STREET, PREMISES
Date: 1927
Nature: Alts. & adds. for McKibbin Estates, Ltd. Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 69, 10 Dec 1927, 918

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, BYRON STREET (& BRITTON STREET), STORE & GARAGE
Date: 1928
Nature: New.
Refs: IB 70, 31 Mar 1928, 280

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, SHREWSBURY PARK, HOUSE
Date: 1928
Nature: New villa and garage.
Refs: IB 70, 29 Sep 1928. 836

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, LYNDHURST GARDENS, HOUSE(S)
Date: 1929
Nature: New
Refs: IB 71, 21 Dec 1929, 1138; 72, 26 Apr 1930, 383

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, NORTHUMBERLAND STREET (NEAR), GARAGES
Date: 1929
Nature: New.
Refs: IB 71, 2 Feb 1929, 106