Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Dublin. Aubrey Vincent O'Rourke was born at 6 St Mary's Villas, Drumcondra, on 22 May 1885, a son of Francis Patrick O'Rourke, accountant, and his wife Martha O'Rourke, née Rafferty.(1) HORACE TENNYSON O'ROURKE  HORACE TENNYSON O'ROURKE was his elder brother. The directories suggest that his father died while he was still a child. Nothing is known of his education, but by 1909 he had become the assistant of JAMES PURCELL WRENN JAMES PURCELL WRENN , with whom he entered the Dublin Municipal Buildings competition.(2) In 1914 he opened his own office at Prudential Chambers, College Green,(3) and in the following years established an extensive commercial practice, his commissions including three cinemas. In 1919 he formed a very brief partnership with ALFRED EDWIN JONES ALFRED EDWIN JONES , which appears to have lasted only a matter of months.(4) He died of cancer of the pancreas as the relatively early age of 43 on 4 March 1928 at his home at 45 Wellington Road, Dublin, survived by his wife, Elsie.(5) His pupils and assistants included HERBERT GEORGE SIMMS.  HERBERT GEORGE SIMMS.

The Irish Architectural Archive holds a few designs by O'Rourke (Acc. 79/10.26-29, 80/10.6,7).

AAI: elected member, 1920.(7)
RIAI: elected member, 1920.(8)

Addresses:(9) Work: Prudential Chambers, 11 College Green, <=1915 until death.
Home: Belview Terrace, Dollymount, <=1892->=1900; Bellevue, Haddon Road, Clontarf, <=1903-1916; Breffni, 1 Rutland Terrace, Clontarf, 1917-1927; 45 Wellington Road at time of death.

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References

A brief obituary of O'Rourke is in IB 70, 17 Mar 1928, ?.

(1) Copy of birth certificate in Jones file.
(2) IB 55, 12 Apr 1913, 259.
(3) He was working from his widowed mother's address, Haddon Road, Clontarf, until the spring of 1914, according to a notice of works in IB 56, 28 Mar 1914, 191, but had acquired his new office address in time for the publication of Thom's Directory for 1915. On the evidence of the directories he continued to live with his mother for many years.
(4) The only evidence for this is Jones's own account of O'Rourke's life in Jones file.
(5) Copy of death certificate in Jones file; a brief notice of his death is in IB 70, 17 Mar 1928, 242.
(6) Lists of members in AAI Green Books.
(7) JRIAI (1921), 2.
(8) From RIAI lists of members and Thom's directories.


23 work entries listed in chronological order for O'ROURKE, AUBREY VINCENT


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Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, LORD EDWARD STREET, NO. 021-25 (MUNICIPAL BUILDINGS) (PROPOSED)
Date: 1913
Nature: Competition entry with James P. Wrenn.
Refs: IB 55, 12 Apr 1913, 259(illus in supplement?)

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CIRCULAR ROAD NORTH, NO. 376 (PHIBSBOROUGH PICTURE HOUSE)
Date: 1913-14
Nature: New cinema at Blacquiere Bridge. Contractor: John Dillon, Drumcondra. Opened, May 1914.
Refs: IB 55, 19 Jul 1913, 476; 56, 28 Mar 1914, 191;  Freeman's Journal, 23 May 1914.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, O'CONNELL STREET UPPER, NO. 062 (PILLAR PICTURE HOUSE)
Date: 1913-15
Nature: Contractor: John Dillon, Drumcondra.
Refs: IB 55, 8 Nov 1913, 713; 56, 28 Mar,4 Jul 1914, 191,419; 57, 27 Feb 1915, 98;  Christine Casey, The Buildings of Ireland: Dublin (2005), 216-17.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, MARY STREET, NO. 012-13 (MARY STREET PICTURE HOUSE)
Date: 1914
Nature: New gallery.
Refs: IB 56, 11 Apr 1914, 229

Building: CO. MEATH, KELLS, MARKET STREET, SHOP (P.J. FOX)
Date: 1915
Nature: Drapery premises of P.J. Fox about to be reconstructed, with ornamental shop front, structural alts. & extensions.
Refs: IB 57, 31 Jul 1915, 346

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CAPEL STREET, NO. 137-138
Date: 1915
Nature: Alts. & extension being carried out for Mssrs. Boland, Ltd. Contractor: J. Dillon.
Refs: IB 57, 4 Dec 1915, 525

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, HARCOURT STREET, NO. 037
Date: 1915
Nature: Partial rebuilding. Contractor: Farmer Bros.
Refs: IB 57, 4 Dec 1915, 526

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, IRISHTOWN ROAD, BOTTLEMAKERS' HALL
Date: 1915
Nature: New club premises for Irish Glass Bottlemakers' Society nearly complete. Builder: John Dillon.
Refs: IB 57, 8 May 1915, 221

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, HENRY STREET, NO. 006 (SAMUELS)
Date: 1916
Nature: Temporary premises for Samuels, jewellers.
Refs: IB 58, 30 Sep 1916, 484

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, HENRY STREET, NO. 016 (JAMES O'DWYER & CO.)
Date: 1916-17
Nature: Rebuilding of tailor's premises. Contractor: Shortall & Co.
Refs: IB 58, 23 Dec 1916, 639; 59, 26 May 1917, 259

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, HENRY STREET, NO. 049 (MENZIES & CO.)
Date: 1917
Nature: Rebuilding of millinery premises. Contractor: Shortall & Co.
Refs: IB 59, 23 Jun 1917, 314

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, O'CONNELL STREET LOWER, NO. 035-39 (METROPOLE CINEMA & RESTAURANT)
Date: 1919-1921;1927
Nature: New cinema on site of Hotel Metropole. Contractor: H. & J. Martin. Opened 1921. New canopy erected over restaurant entrance in Prince's St, 1927.
Refs: Drawings in IAA, Scott, Tallon, Walker Collection, 79/10.27/1-4; IB 61, 3,31 May 1919, 204,276; 63, 24 Sep 1921, 634; 69, 30 Apr 1927, 321; B 116, 9 May 1919, ?

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, HUME STREET, NO. 003-6 (CITY OF DUBLIN SKIN & CANCER HOSPITAL)
Date: 1923
Nature: New building for committee of Cancer Research Fund; structural alts and adds.
Refs: Elevation in IAA, Scott, Tallon, Walker Collection, 79/10.28/1; IB 65, 10 Feb,8 Sep 1923, 101,692;  Christine Casey, The Buildings of Ireland: Dublin (2005), 3-4.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, TALBOT STREET, NO. 079 (GUINEY & CO.)
Date: 1923
Nature: New building with shop front nearing completion. Contractor: Brennan & Sons.
Refs: IB 65, 10 Feb 1923, 101

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, GARDINER STREET LOWER, NO. 071-73 (MORAN'S HOTEL)
Date: 1924
Nature: Rebuilding of hotel destroyed in Jul 1922. Plasterwork by M. Creedon.
Refs: IB 66, 23 Feb,29 Nov 1924, 149,1005

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, GRAFTON STREET, NO. 105-6?
Date: 1924
Nature: Reconstruction of premises at corner of Grafton St & Suffolk St.
Refs: IB 66, 25 Jun 1924, 377

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CIRCULAR ROAD SOUTH, NO. 098-100 (SYNAGOGUE)
Date: 1924-25
Nature: New synagogue on site of Greenville Hall. Plastering by M. Creedon. (Closed 1986)
Refs: Undated design for 7-branched candelabrum, perhaps for this synagogue, in IAA, Scott, Tallon, Walker Collection, 79/10.29/1; IB 66, 29 Nov 1924, 1005; 70, 17 Mar 1928, 242; (Sharman Kadish, Jewish Heritage in England (English Heritage, 2006), 206;  Christine Casey, The Buildings of Ireland: Dublin (2005), 634.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CRUMLIN ROAD (DOLPHIN'S BARN), HOUSES (052)
Date: 1925
Nature: Proposed development of new street with 52 houses, off Crumlin Rd, to S. of Mounteagle House, for Mrs Hugh Doyle. Not executed.
Refs: Site plan in IAA, Acc.80/10.7; IB 67, 12 Dec 1925, 1013

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, GRATTAN CRESCENT (INCHICORE), SHOP & HOUSE
Date: 1926
Nature: Plans prepared, for Patrick Munroe.
Refs: Drawings in IAA, Scott Tallon & Walker Collection, 79/10.26/1-6; IB 68, 6 Feb 1926, 101

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, TALBOT STREET, NO. 003-3A
Date: 1926
Nature: Plans prepared for partial rebulding and structural alts.
Refs: IB 68, 20 Mar 1926, 221

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUN LAOGHAIRE, GEORGE'S STREET UPPER, NO. 114-115 (REAR)
Date: 1926
Nature: Proposed new store at rear, for Boland Ltd.
Refs: Site plan, dated 11 Mar 1926, in IAA, Acc. 80/10.6

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CHARLEMONT STREET, NO. 002
Date: 1928
Nature: Rebuilding.
Refs: IB 70, 18 Feb 1928, 150

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, O'CONNELL STREET LOWER, NO. 048
Date: 1928
Nature: Reconstruction of basement, for Arthur Newman.
Refs: IB 69, 1 Oct 1927, 730