Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Drogheda. Finian Tallan was born on 9 January 1881, a son of Thomas Tallan, town councillor of Drogheda. After serving a three-year apprenticeship with FREDERICK SHAW  FREDERICK SHAW of Drogheda, he moved to Dublin, where he worked as an assistant in the office of FREDERICK HICKS  FREDERICK HICKS and, briefly, with BATCHELOR & BATCHELOR & amp; HICKS, the partnership formed by Hicks and FREDERICK BATCHELOR  FREDERICK BATCHELOR in the summer of 1905. In 1903, while he was still working for Hicks, he won the competition for designing the Carnegie Library in Drogheda.(1) He set up his own practice in Drogheda in 1905 but died suddenly and prematurely in 1908.(2) He was buried with his parents in the Chord cemetery. He was unmarried.

The Irish Architectural Archive holds Tallan's diary for 1904 and his letter book for 1903-1906 (Acc. 2015/60).

AAI: elected member, 1901.
RIAI: elected member, 29 May 1907,(3) having been proposed by Frederick Shaw and seconded by GEORGE PATRICK SHERIDAN  GEORGE PATRICK SHERIDAN and Frederick Hicks.(4)

Addresses: 35b Kildare Street, 1903-1905;(5) 86 Merrion Square, Dublin, 1905;(6) 106 West Street, Drogheda, 1905-1907.

See WORKS.



References

All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from a note by Tallan's great-nephew John Lyons, the obituary n JRIAI (1909), 27, and lists of AAI members in AAI Green Books.


(1) Brendan Grimes, Irish Carnegie Libraries: a catalogue and architectural history (1998), 137.
(2) JRIAI (1909), 8; AAI Green Book (1910), 30.
(3) RIAI general meeting minutes, 29 May 1904, 414.
(4) MS addendum to list of RIAI members , 1907, in RIAI archives.
(5) IB 47, 25 Mar 1905, 213.
(6) IB 47, 15 Jul 1905, 494.


4 work entries listed in chronological order for TALLAN, FINIAN HENRY


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Building: CO. LOUTH, DROGHEDA, ST LAWRENCE GATE, CYCLE WORKS
Date: 1903
Nature: Tenders invited for erecting same.
Refs: B 85, 11 Aug 1903, 214

Building: CO. LOUTH, DROGHEDA, FAIR STREET, PUBLIC LIBRARY
Date: 1903-1906
Nature: FHT wins competition for Carnegie Library. Revised design eventually built. Contractor: F. Gogarty, Drogheda (£1,925). Opened by Cardinal Logue, 16 Apr 1906.
Refs: IB 45, 12 Feb 1903, 1594; 46, 26 Mar,31 Dec 1904, 190,892; 47, 25 Mar,8 Apr,15 Jul 1905, 213,249,494; B 86, 23 Apr 1904, 451; Brendan Grimes, Irish Carnegie Libraries: a catalogue and architectural history (1998), 136-7(illus.)

Building: CO. LOUTH, BETTYSTOWN, LITTLE NEPTUNE
Date: 1904
Nature: New double-fronted house for Mrs Kelly.  Cost £508.
Refs: Diary and letter book of F.H. Tallan and note by Tallan's great-nephew, John Lyons (IAA, Acc. 2015/60).

Building: CO. LOUTH, DROGHEDA, JAMES STREET, NO. 020
Date: 1904
Nature:  Work at same , for Miss Lyons. Cost: £544.
Refs:  Diary and letter book of F.H. Tallan and note by Tallan's great-nephew, John Lyons (IAA, Acc. 2015/60).