Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect and civil engineer, of Dublin. Frederick Augustus(1) Butler, a son of JOHN BUTLER JOHN BUTLER , was born in Co. Dublin, in 1839 or 1840.(2)  He obtained the Licence in Civil Engineering from Trinity College, Dublin, in 1866(3) and was in private practice in Dublin by 1874. FREDERICK GEORGE HICKS  FREDERICK GEORGE HICKS appears to have been his assistant circa 1898 and to have shared various office premises with him until his death.

Butler, like his father, was a Rathmines Township Commissioner and was one of the Township's School Attendance Officers at the time of his death. He died at 16 Lower Mount Street, Dublin, the house of a Mrs Jane Clare or Clarke, on 26 March 1903, leaving effects to the value of £3,129.7s.8d. He was unmarried. His death was noted at the annual general meeting of the RIAI on 17 December 1903: 'Although Mr Butler never actively took part in the affairs of the Institute, we feel that his unimpeachable professional record and his kindly unassuming manner brought honour & respect to the calling he faithfully followed.'(2)

RIAI: elected member 4 Jun 1883, proposed by WILLIAM MANSFIELD MITCHELL  WILLIAM MANSFIELD MITCHELL and seconded by JOHN JOSEPH O'CALLAGHAN. JOHN JOSEPH O'CALLAGHAN. (4)

Addresses:(5) Work: 61 Dawson Street, 1874-1885; 5 St Stephen's Green, 1886-1898; 28 South Frederick Street, 1900-1901; 35b Kildare Street, 1902-1903.
Home: 20 Leinster Square, Rathmines 1882-1900; 16 Lower Mount Street, Dublin, at time of death.

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References

All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from Ann Lavin, 'Leinster Square (with Prince Arthur Terrace) Rathmines: an early suburban speculative terraced housing development 1830-1852', MUBC thesis, University College, Dublin, 1995, 44-45.

(1) His second name is given as 'Augustus' in Cox, op. cit., below, but as 'Archer' in his RIAI membership form of 1883.
(2) He gives his age as 60 in the 1901 census of Ireland.  At the time of the census he was staying in a hotel at Rosstrevor, Co. Down. 
(3) R.C. Cox, compiler, Trinity College School of Engineering: 'Graduates' in Engineering 1843-1992 (1993), unpaginated.
(3) RIAI annual general meeting minutes, 17 Dec 1903, 388.
(4) RIAI council minutes, 4 Jun 1883, 228.
(5) From Thom's and Post Office directories and RIAI membership lists.  in 1900.
 


11 work entries listed in chronological order for BUTLER, FREDERICK AUGUSTUS(?)


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Building: CO. ARMAGH, KILLYLEA, CHURCH OF ST MARK (CI)
Date: 1874
Nature: New chancel & vestry. Church reopened, Easter Sunday 1874. Contractor: Richard Cherry, Loughgall..
Refs: Letters from FAB to H.B. Armstrong, 1873-1890, in PRONI, D3727/E/40 (see PRONI e-catalogue);  IB 16, 15 Apr 1874, 120; 20, 15 Jan 1878, 27;  Irish Ecclesiastical Gazette 16, no. 179, 23 Apr 1874, 67;  Kevin V. Mulligan, The Buildings of Ireland: South Ulster (2013), 382.

Building: CO. ARMAGH, LOUGHGALL MANOR
Date: 1874-1875
Nature: FAB prepares plans for same, for Mrs Cope.
Refs: Letters from FAB to H.B. Armstrong, 1873-1890, in PRONI, D3727/E/40 (see PRONI e-catalogue);  Kevin V. Mulligan, The Buildings of Ireland: South Ulster (2013), 421. 

Building: CO. KILDARE, MAYNOOTH, CHURCH OF ST MARY (CI)
Date: 1875
Nature: Memorial pulpit of Caen stone and Irish marbles (in memory of Rev. G.D. Blacker) and reading desk, both designed by FAB and executed by A.P. Sharp, Dublin.
Refs: Irish Ecclesiastical Gazette 17, no. 196, 21 Sep 1875, 212;  Architect 14, 25 Sep 1875, 180; B 33, 2 Oct 1875, 895; IB 17, 15 Sep 1875, 263

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, PARNELL STREET, ROTUNDA HOSPITAL
Date: 1878
Nature: Alterations & improvements
Refs: B 36, 12 Jan 1878, 45; IB 18, 1 Mar 1876, 69; 20, 15 Jan 1878, 27

Building: CO. DUBLIN, MONKSTOWN, PAKENHAM ROAD, MONKSTOWN DISTRICT HOSPITAL
Date: 1879-1880;1889-1891
Nature: Alterations & additions, 1879-1880 (Contractor: Pemberton; cost: £1,934); new wing, 1889-1891, formally opened end  Jan 1891 (.Contractor: Henry Pemberton; cost about £3,500).
Refs: IAA, PKS 0676, B06a/77, B09/30, B14/54, B16/23, A06 (May 1879), A07 (Sep 1889-Mar 1891, pp.362-3); IB 22, 1 Jan,15 Mar 1880, 4,87; 31, 15 Oct 1889, 259; 32, 1 Jul 1890, 162; 33, 15 Feb 1891, 44; B 38, 17 Apr 1880, 487; 60, 14 Feb 1891, 134; Irish Times, 2 Feb 1891 (described); Peter Pearson, Between the Mountains and the Sea (Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, 1998), 188,189(illus.)

Building: CO. WICKLOW, BRAY, MEATH ROAD, HOUSE
Date: 1880
Nature: Villa residence has been built. Builder: Robert F. Lidwill. Cost £2,600.
Refs: IB 22, 1 Jan 1880, 4

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, MEATH ROAD, HOUSE
Date: 1880
Nature: New villa residence. Estimate of Robert F. Lidwill, contractor, accepted.
Refs: IB 22, 1 Jan 1880, 4

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, RATHMINES ROAD LOWER, NO. 175-177 (NATIONAL BANK)
Date: 1899
Nature: New branch bank en suite with new town hall.  With Frederick Hicks. Contractor: Sharpe, Great Brunswick St.
Refs: Irish Times, 16 May 1899; IB 41, 1 Jun 1899, 59; 44, 6 Nov 1902, 1461.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, BELGRAVE SQUARE, PAROCHIAL HALL
Date: 1900
Nature: New hall. 60 x 30 ft.. Opened 31 May 1900. (F.A. Butler member of congregation 'for many years, and so was his father before him'.)  Contractor: John Pemberton, Ranelagh Rd. Total cost to be about £2,400.
Refs: Irish Times, 1 Jun 1900;  IB 42, 15 Jul 1900, 423

Building: CO. ARMAGH, ARMAGH, ABBEY STREET, COUNTY INFIRMARY
Date: ?
Nature: Works at same.
Refs: Letters from FAB to H.B. Armstrong, 1873-1890, in PRONI, D3727/E/40 (see PRONI e-catalogue).

Building: CO. ARMAGH, FELLOWS HALL (KILLYLEA)
Date: ?
Nature: Mulligan suggests FAB may have been architect of the remodelling of house for (Henry Bruce?) Armstrong.
Refs: Kevin V. Mulligan, The Buildings of Ireland: South Ulster (2013), 387.