Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect and engineer, of Dublin. According to the 1911 census, J. Hampden Shaw, was born in England in 1856 or 1857.  He appears in the English census of 1881 as 'John Hampton Shaw', a twenty-five-year old architectural draughtsman, living with his father, Lewis Shaw, retired grocer, his mother, Ann, and his brother and sister in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.  He settled in Dublin in the mid 1880s, having previously been in New South Wales.(1) He is first mentioned in the Irish Builder in 1885 as the winning entrant in the competition for improvements to Portlaoise Town Hall.(2) The following year he was elected engineer to Kilmainham Township,(3), a post which he retained until the township was incorporated into the City of Dublin in 1900. In the early years of his Irish career, he also worked for several other local authorities on labourers' dwellings schemes.(4) Later he seems to have been mainly involved with commercial work in Dublin.

On retiring from practice in 1915,(5) Shaw moved to Llandudno in North Wales, where he died in April 1932 at the age of seventy-six. He was survived by his wife, Kate Ethel Robinson Shaw, whom he had married circa 1898,(6) and one son, his eldest son having been killed in a flying accident. According to his obituary, he had been 'interested in almost all branches of sport, but especially in racing, dog racing, cycling, breeding dogs, poultry, etc.' and specialised in fast trotting horses for many years.

Shaw's pupils and assistants included JAMES MOORE [2].  JAMES MOORE [2].

Addresses: Work: 4 & 5 Westmoreland Street, Dublin, <=1887-1915.
Home: 1 Charlton Terrace, Inchicore, <=1893->=1898; The Turret, 51 Rathmines, 1900; Netley, 3 South Hill Avenue, Blackrock, <=1907-1915; Llandudno, North Wales, at time of death.

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References

All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the obituary of Shaw in IB 74, 23 Apr 1932, 397, and from Thom's and Post Office directories.

(1) The text accompanying his design for Sydney Opera House reproduced in IB states that the drawing 'was executed with others, whilst Mr S. was on a return voyage from NSW' (IB 30, 15 Apr 1888, 114).
(2) IB 27, 1 Jan,15 May 1885, 6,143.
(3) IB 28, 15 May 1886, 155.
(4) IB 33, 1 Apr 1891, 81.
(5) He disappears from the directories in 1916, when his house in Blackrock is described as vacant.
(6) 1911 Census, http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai000226716/ (last visited Feb 2009).


26 work entries listed in chronological order for SHAW, JOHN HAMPDEN


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Building: CO. LAOIS, PORTLAOISE, TOWN HALL
Date: 1885
Nature: JHS winner of competition for adds and alts. Design comprises extensions of 10 ft at either end, conversion of 2nd storey for use as an assembly hall. Exterior to be beautified. Cost: £620.
Refs: IB 27, 1 Jan,15 May 1885, 6,143; 28, 15 Jun 1886, 187

Building: CO. KILDARE, CASTLEDERMOT, DISPENSARY & DOCTOR'S HOUSE (PROPOSED)
Date: 1889
Nature: JHS supplies plans for same to Athy Union but not built.
Refs: IB 31, 15 Mar,1 Apr 1889, 71,96

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, INCHICORE, HOUSES (003)
Date: 1889
Nature: By 'William Hampden Shaw'.
Refs: Architect ?, ? ? 1889, ? (B of I)

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, INCHICORE, WORKING MEN'S CLUB
Date: 1889
Nature: By 'William Hampden Shaw'.
Refs: Architect ?, ? ? 1889, ? (B of I)

Building: AUSTRALIA, SYDNEY, OPERA HOUSE
Date: 188?
Nature: Competition entrant 'in conjunction with a colonial architect'.
Refs: IB 30, 15 Apr 1888, 114(illus. in supplement)

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, GOLDENBRIDGE, HOUSES (002)
Date: 1890
Nature: New houses. Architect: 'J.N. Shaw'.
Refs: Architect ?, ? ? 1890, ? (incomplete ref. from B of I files)

Building: CO. LONGFORD, GRANARD, HOUSES
Date: 1891
Nature: Labourers' housing scheme.
Refs: IB 33, 1 Apr 1891, 81.

Building: CO. ROSCOMMON, ROSCOMMON, HOUSES
Date: 1891
Nature: Labourers' housing scheme.
Refs: IB 33, 1 Apr 1891, 81.

Building: CO. WESTMEATH, ATHLONE, HOUSES
Date: 1891
Nature: Labourers' housing scheme.
Refs: IB 33, 1 Apr 1891, 81.

Building: CO. MEATH, TRIM, GASWORKS
Date: 1891
Nature: Tenders invited for constructing new gasometer and purifiers, new street mains &c.
Refs: IB 33, 1 Apr 1891, 81

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, JAMESTOWN (INCHICORE), IRISH TROTTING ASSOCIATION
Date: 1891
Nature: Tenders invited for erection of stands, stables, offices and formation of trotting trail, for Irish Trotting Association.
Refs: Irish Times, 12 Mar 1891.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, GRAFTON STREET, NO. 091-93 (SWITZER & CO.)
Date: 1891;1893
Nature: Extensive adds. being made. Contractor: Samuel Worthington. Cost: £4,000. Further imps., 1893. Contractor: Bolton.
Refs: IB 33, 1 Mar 1891, 57; 35, 15 Nov 1893, 265

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, DAME STREET, NO. 029-30 (HYAM)
Date: 1892
Nature: 'extensive alterations and improvements, both internal and external'. New juvenile clothing dept. Cost over £1,000. Contractor: William Conolly & Sons.
Refs: IB 34, 1 May 1892, 108

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, GRAFTON STREET, NO. 060
Date: 1894a
Nature: Grafton Street frontage built by James Brien to designs by J. Hampden Shaw.
Refs: Irish Times, 4 May 1894.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, INCHICORE, ST JUDE'S PARISH HALL
Date: 1900
Nature: New 'plain but substantial' galvanised iron hall, with Gothic window and Gothic porch, at back of church. Formally opened by Under-Bishop of Dublin, 24 Mar 1900. To cost £200 when completed and furnished. Contractor: Kennan & Sons, Fishamble St. (s this the same hall that was projected 14 years earlier?
Refs: Irish Times, 26 Mar 1900;  IB 42, 15 Apr 1900, 334; see also IB 28, 15 Feb 1886, 60.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, BACHELOR'S WALK, NO. 025
Date: 1904
Nature: Alts. & adds. to be carried out for new purchaser, J.F. Keogh, auctioneer and valuer. Tenders to be asked for soon.
Refs: IB 46, 17 Dec 1904, 862

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, KING STREET SOUTH, NO. 016-18 (DU CROS MOTOR GARAGE)
Date: 1905-06
Nature: New garage, for William and George du Cros. Demolition of old premises began mid-July 1905. New premises opened 3 Jan 1906. Contractor: George Langley, Ringsend.
Refs: IB 48, 13 Jan 1906, 28

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, FAIRVIEW STRAND, JEWISH CEMETERY
Date: 1906
Nature: New waiting room and dressing rooms for Rabbi's vestry.
Refs: IB 48, 17 Nov 1906, 928

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, BALLSBRIDGE, HOUSE
Date: 1906
Nature: New villa facing the Masonic School. Contractor: George Laidlaw, Ringsend Rd.
Refs: IB 48, 20 Oct 1906, 848

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, EUSTACE STREET, NO. 014
Date: 1906
Nature: Alts. to the premises of Marcus Moses 'preparatory to the Bovril Co. taking them over'. Contractor: Samuel Worthington, Orwell Rd, Rathgar.
Refs: IB 48, 20 Oct 1906, 848

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, KING STREET SOUTH, NO. 051-1 53
Date: 1906
Nature: Extension and alteration for Miss/Mrs Laird of The Paris House. Contractor: Robert Farquharson, 71 Jones's Road.
Refs: IB 48, 7 Apr,25 Aug, 6 Oct 1906, 282,688,808

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, RINGSEND ROAD (OFF), SHELBOURNE FOOTBALL CLUB
Date: 1913
Nature: New sports grounds. Principal Contractor: William Conolly, Upper Dominick St.
Refs: IB 55, 12 Apr 1913, 250

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, D'OLIER STREET, NO. 019 & 20 (REDBANK RESTAURANT)
Date: ?
Nature: Reconstruction designed by JHS.
Refs: Obituary of JHS in IB 74, 23 Apr 1932, 397

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, GRAFTON STREET, NO. 078 & 79 (MANFIELD)
Date: ?
Nature: Premises designed by JHS.
Refs: Obituary of JHS in IB 84, 23 Apr 1932, 397

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, HENRY STREET, NO. 032 (THE ARCH)
Date: ?
Nature: Designed by JHS.
Refs: Obituary of JHS in IB 74, 23 Apr 1932, 397; for photograph of part of front, see Ruth McManus, Crampton Built (Dublin: G. & T. Crampton, 2008), 25.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, PHIBSBOROUGH ROAD, NO. 159 (THE HUT)
Date: ?
Nature: Designed by JHS.
Refs: Obituary of JHS in IB 74, 23 Apr 1932, 397