Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Chicago, for whom see Macmillan Encyclopedia of Architects(1982), I, 361-2.(1) In Ireland Byrne designed the innovative Church of Christ the King, Turner's Cross, Cork (1927-1931), which was carried out under the supervision of BASIL BOYD BARRETT BASIL BOYD BARRETT . In her unpublished Ph.D. thesis on Byrne, Sally Chappell points out that he had expressed in various articles his objections to traditional, revivalist designs for churches on the grounds of cost, and suggests that it may have been his 'reputation for economy' as much as anything else which recommended him to the Bishop of Cork, Dr Daniel Cohalan.(2)

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(1) The encyclopaedia entry, by Sally Chappell, gives the date of Byrne's death as 1968, but his death is reported in IB 109, 30 Dec 1967, ?, as having occurred when he was hit by a car on 17 Dec 1967.
(2) Sally Chappell, 'Barry Byrne: Architecture and Writings', unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1968, 95. An account of the commission is given in Sean Rothery, Ireland and the New Architecture 1900-1940 (1991), 155-168.


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Building: CO. CORK, CORK, TURNER'S CROSS, CHURCH OF CHRIST THE KING (RC)
Date: 1927-1931
Nature: New reinforced concrete church, commissioned early 1927. Work started Mar 1929. FS laid 21 Jul 1929. Consecrated Oct 1931. Execution supervised by J.R. Boyd Barrett. Contractor: John Buckley, Cork. Mosaic mural by H.V. McGoldrick, An Tur Gloine. Terrazzo work by John O'Hara & Co., Dublin.
Refs: Photocopies of letters from BB and J.R. Boyd Barrett to Bishop Daniel Cohalan, 1927-31, outline specifications, n.d. and statement of contracts, 1932, in IAA; AJ 67, 4 Apr 1928, 489; Architectural Record 65 (May 1929), 463-466(illus.); American Architect 138 (Nov 1930), 52-3(illus.); IB 71, 3 Aug 1929, 703; 73, 25 Apr,21 Nov 1931, 372,1018(illus.); 74, 13 Aug 1932, 723(illus. in advertisement); 78, 2 May,8 Aug 1936, 366,687; B 148?, 4 Mar,8 Apr 1932, 423-4(illus.),641(illus.);Architect & Building News 130, 1 Apr 1932, 5,9-11 (illus.) Capuchin Annual 12 (1941), 84-5; 22 (1953-4), 123; JCHAS (1943), 27; Sally Chappell, 'Barry Byrne: Architecture and Writings', unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1968, 95; Sean Rothery, Ireland and the New Architecture 1900-1940 (1991), 155-168;  Paul Larmour, Free State Architecture:  Modern Movement architecture in Ireland, 1922-1949 (Kinsale: Gandon Editions, 2009) , 17-19(illus.).