Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Edinburgh, for whom see Directory of British Architects 1834-1914 (RIBA 2001), I, 285, and www.scottisharchitects.org.uk. For Dublin David Bryce designed the Standard Life Assurance Co. building in O'Connell Street (1861-63), the Life Association of Scotland building in Dame Street (1861-64) and the North British and Mercantile Co. building on College Green (1866-68). He also designed Ormiston House, Belfast, for J. Combe (1865-66) and Gilltown House, Co. Kildare, for Robert Higginson Borrowes. In 1853 he was responsible for minor additions to WILLIAM BURN'S M WILLIAM BURN'S M uckross House, Co. Kerry.

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Building: CO. KERRY, MUCKROSS HOUSE (KILLARNEY)
Date: 1839-1843;1853
Nature: Minor additions, 1853, to house designed by William Burn, 1939-1843..
Refs: V. Fiddes & A. Rowan, Mr David Bryce (University of Edinburgh, 1976), 127; www.scottisharchitects.org.uk

Building: CO. KILDARE, GILLTOWN HOUSE
Date: 1861
Nature: For Robert Higginson Borrowes. (House destroyed by fire, 3 Apr 1897.)
Refs: SW view exh. RSA 1861 (no. 758); V. Fiddes & A. Rowan, Mr David Bryce (University of Edinburgh, 1976), 121-2; www.scottisharchitects.org.uk;  Kildare Observer, 10 Apr 1897 (information from John Landers, Taipei, Taiwan, Jan 2014).

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, O'CONNELL STREET UPPER, NO. 066 (STANDARD LIFE ASSURANCE CO)
Date: 1861-63
Nature: New office. W.G. Murray superintending architect. Carving of the 10 Virgins in pediment by Sir John Steell.
Refs: IAA, PKS A03 (Jun 1861, pp.89v,90v); DB 5, 15 Dec 1863, 201; obituary of DB inB 34, 27 May 1876, 507-508; V. Fiddes & A. Rowan, David Bryce (1976), 103 (photographs in National Monuments Record of Scotland XS 368 and XSD/108/1); www.scottisharchitects.org.uk

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, DAME STREET, NO. 040-41 (LIFE ASSOCIATION OF SCOTLAND)
Date: 1861-64
Nature: New;  'an elegant cubic sandstone palazzo on a corner site'.

Refs: B 19, 24 Aug 1861, 585; 22, 3 Dec 1864, 881; DB 5, 15 Dec 1863, 201; V. Fiddes & A. Rowan, David Bryce (1976), 102 (photographs in National Monuments Record of Scotland XS 367, 368); www.scottisharchitects.org.uk;  Christine Casey, The Buildings of Ireland: Dublin (2005), 415.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, HAWTHORNDEN ROAD, ORMISTON HOUSE
Date: 1865/66
Nature: Mansion for For J. Combe.
Refs: Obituary of DB in B 34, 27 May 1876, 508; V. Fiddes & A. Rowan, David Bryce (1976), 128; Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 32-22 (illus.)

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, COLLEGE GREEN, NO. 028 (NORTH BRITISH & MERCANTILE INSURANCE CO.)
Date: 1866-1868
Nature: New office also housing Electric and International Telegraph Company.. 'The structure partakes of the mediaeval style, with elaborately-moulded cornices and window dressings, large pilasters continuing the entire height of the building, sumptuous projecting gargoyles, and elegant balustrades.  The ground floor ofice is furnished with enormous plate-glass windows.' Contractor: Crowe & Sons. (Demolished, 1974).
Refs: Photograph in National Monuments Record of Scotland, XS 282; DB 7, ? ? 1865, 280; B 24, 24 Nov 1866, 871;  Irish Times, 28 Sep 1868;   V. Fiddes & A. Rowan, David Bryce (1976), 102; www.scottisharchitects.org.uk