Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Editor of the Architectural Review from 1937 to 1971, James Maude Richards was the son of Louis Richards, a London solicitor from a Protestant landed gentry family in Co. Wexford. He trained as an architect at the Architectural Association's school and came to Dublin in October 1931, when an Irish former fellow-student, Carmen Dillon, told him there was a vacancy in the office of VINCENT KELLY VINCENT KELLY , who was then busy designing hospitals as the result of the funds which were being generated by the Irish Hospitals Sweepstake. Richards recalled his time in Kelly's office in his autobiography: 'The architectural ideas were uninteresting and I had not enough seniority to be given much responsibility. I was, however, allowed to look after one job on my own…a corner pub on Burgh Quay…It was a simple, economical building, considered I suppose to be within my capacity. Last time I visited Dublin it was still there: the only work of architecture I ever personally designed.'(1) He returned to London in July 1932.



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All information in this entry is from Chapter 8 of J.M Richards's autobiography, Memoirs of an Unjust Fella (1980), 74-92.


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Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, BURGH QUAY, PUBLIC HOUSE
Date: 1932
Nature: 'a simple economical building' designed by JMR when he was working in the office of Vincent Kelly.
Refs: J.M Richards, Memoirs of an Unjust Fella (1980), 83