Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Belfast. Vincent Craig was born at Craigavon, Strandtown, Belfast, in 1869, one of the seven sons of James Craig, J.P., of Craigavon and Tyrella, Co. Down, and a younger brother of James Craig, later Lord Craigavon, first premier of Northern Ireland. He was educated at Bath College and received his architectural training in the office of WILLIAM HENRY LYNN  WILLIAM HENRY LYNN from 1885 to 1889, after which he spent a year travelling in Europe. He set up in practice in Belfast in 1891. In 1907 he exhibited drawings of three of his designs in the Irish International Exhibition in Dublin.(1)

In about 1910 Craig went to live in England.(2) Although his obituarist in the Irish Builder states that he continued to practise in England, his library of architectural books was dispersed at auction in Belfast after his move,(3) and he resigned from the RIBA in 1913 and from the RIAI two years later.(4) According to his obituarist in the Irish Builder, he 'was never obliged to engage in the rough and tumble of professional practice or to trouble about business' as he had ample private means. His pupils and assistants included JOHN CHARLES LEPPER JOHN CHARLES LEPPER , Arthur Norman McClinton, and JACKSON GRAHAM SMYTH.& JACKSON GRAHAM SMYTH.& #160; He was a subscriber to George Lister Sutcliffe, The Principles and Practice of Modern House-Construction (London, 1898).

Craig, described as cultured, kindly and courteous, was a keen yachtsman and motorist and a generous benefactor of the city hospitals. From 1903-6 he represented Court Ward on Belfast City Council. He married, in 1897, Millicent Bowring, fourth daughter of John Wimble of Oakleigh, Ditton, Surrey, in 1897 and had two sons.(5)

Belfast Art Society: as president addressed society on 'Art in relation to our homes', November 1903.(6)
RIAI: proposed for membership by ROBERT WATT  ROBERT WATT and ALBERT EDWARD MURRAY ALBERT EDWARD MURRAY , 15 January 1894; elected, 5 Febrary 1894;(7) elected fellow, 29 May 1906;(8) resigned in 1915.(9)
RIBA: elected fellow 2 Jul 1900; resigned, 1913.
RSUA: first honorary treasurer, 1901-1903.(10)

Addresses: Work: 5 Lombard St, Belfast, <=1894-1903;(11) 22 Donegall Pl, Belfast, 1904-1910.(12)
Home: Eldon Green, Helen's Bay, Co. Down, 1901-1911;(13) High Close, Wokingham, Berks, 1911-1915 or later.(14)

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References

All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the biography of Craig in R.M. Young, Belfast and the Province of Ulster in the 20th Century (1909), 598, which is illustrated with a portrait photograph, from the obituary in IB 67, 11 Jul 1925, 573, and from Directory of British Architects 1834-1914 (RIBA 2001), I, 455.

(1) IALE I, 158.
(2) RIAI membership lists give an English address from 1911.
(3) IB 55, 15 Feb 1913, 97.
(4) Jones, citing JRIAI?.
(5) IB 75, 11 Feb 1933, 89.
(6) A brief summary of the address is in IB 45, 19 Nov 1903, 2098; according to his obituary, Craig was president of the society for 3 years.
(7) RIAI council meeting minutes, 15 Jan,5 Feb 1894, 309.
(8) RIAI general meeting minutes, 29 May 1906, 414.
(9) Jones, citing JRIAI?.
(10) RSUA Jubilee Year Book 1951-1952, 5.
(11) )RIAI council meeting minutes, 15 Jan,5 Feb 1894, 309; IB 45, 4 Jun 1903, 1806.
(12) IB 46, 19 Nov 1904, 772.
(13) C.E.B. Brett, Buildings of North County Down (UAHS, 2002), 126.
(14) RIAI membership lists.


45 work entries listed in chronological order for CRAIG, VINCENT


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Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, BELFAST BOAT CLUB *
Date: -
Nature: See, below, CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, LOCKVIEW RD, BELFAST BOAT CLUB
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Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, BELMONT CHURCH ROAD, BELMONT PRIMARY SCHOOL
Date: 1889-1892
Nature: Erected in memory of Mrs Mary Ferguson. Builder: Dixon & Campbell.
Refs: Architect 41, 28 Jun 1889, suppl. p.1; Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 54, no.124(illus.)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ORMEAU ROAD (NEWTOWNBREDA), ST JOHN'S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Date: 1890-92
Nature: New church with tower and spire. Opened, 13 Mar 1892.
Refs: IB 31, 15 Mar 1889, 83; B 60, 11 Apr 1891, ?; 62, 19 Mar 1892, 232; 75, 19 Nov 1898, illus. in supplement; Architect, 31 Oct 1890, supplement p.2; Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 54, no. 1235(illus.);  Laurence Kirkpatrick, Presbyterians in Ireland: an illustrated history (Booklink, 2006), 164.


Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, BOTANIC AVENUE, HOUSES (004)
Date: 1890ca
Nature: Terrace of four houses with canted bays and half-tibered gables.
Refs: Building News, 11 Apr 1890, (illus.)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, HOSPITAL FOR CONSUMPTION (?FORSTER GREEN HOSPITAL?)
Date: 1892
Nature: New hospital for 60 patients. To be erected to designs of VC, winner of competition.
Refs: Architect 46, 6 Nov 1891, suppl. p.1; IB 34, 1 Mar 1892, 55

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CARLISLE CIRCUS, ULSTER BANK
Date: 1893
Nature: New branch bank. (Partly blitzed in World War II and partly rebuilt.)
Refs: PRONI, W.H. Stephens & Sons papers, D1898/1/15

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ARTHUR STREET, NO. 025-39 (DUNVILLE & CO.)
Date: 1894
Nature: Classical. Granite.
Refs: PRONI, W.H. Stephens & Sons papers, D1898/1/16; IB 79, 6 Feb 1937, 104; 80, 17 Sep 1938, 773; B 75, 19 Nov 1898, illus. in supplement; Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 57, no. 132(illus.); Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1993), 19.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BALLYWATT, PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Date: 1895
Nature: New church, replacing earlier structure of 1832. Dark basalt, red sandstone & Ruabon tiles. Builder: R. Young, Ballymoney.
Refs: W.D. Girvan, Historic Buildings...in North Antrim (UAHS, 1972),15(illus.); also  illus. in Laurence Kirkpatrick, Presbyterians in Ireland: an illustrated history (Booklink, 2006), 189.


Building: CO. DOWN, NEWCASTLE, COUNTY DOWN GOLF CLUBHOUSE
Date: 1895-96
Nature: Proposed new golf club house. Sketch plans exhibited at meeting of club in late 1895 or Jan 1896.
Refs: Irish Times, 17 Jan 1896; IB 67, 11 Jul 1925, 573.

Building: CO. LOUTH, DUNDALK, MARKET SQUARE (& CLANBRASSIL STREET), ULSTER BANK
Date: 1896-98
Nature: Italianate. Tenders invited, Sep 1896. Cost: £3,500.
Refs: PRONI, W.H. Stephens & Sons papers, D1898/1/22;  Irish Times, 12 Sep 1896;  IB 40, 15 Jan 1898, 16; Christine Casey & Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North Leinster (1993), 272.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, PORTRUSH, MAIN STREET, BELFAST BANK
Date: 1897-98
Nature: New red brick branch bank.
Refs: PRONI, W.H. Stephens & Sons papers, D1898/2/28; W.D. Girvan, Historic Buildings…in North Antrim (UAHS, 1972), 34(illus),35 11,12(illus.)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, SYDENHAM AVENUE, NO. 094 (& BELMONT CHURCH ROAD), BELMONT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Date: 1898
Nature: Tower and extension to nave.
Refs: IB 40, 1 Jul 1898, 100; Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 54 (no. 124); C.E.B. Brett, Buildings of Belfast (2nd ed., 1985), 39

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, LOCKVIEW ROAD (STRANMILLIS), BELFAST BOAT CLUB
Date: 1898
Nature: Roughcast 'free style' building, destroyed in 1972.
Refs: Paul Larmour, The Architectural Heritage of Malone & Stranmillis (UAHS, 1991), 89; IB 67, 11 Jul 1925, 573.

Building: CO. DOWN, BANGOR, UPPER CLIFTON ROAD, ROYAL ULSTER YACHT CLUB HOUSE
Date: 1899
Nature: New, Red brick, Old English style with tower, numerous gables, gablets and ornamental chimney stacks. Formally opened, 15 Apr 1899. Builder: McLaughlin & Harvey.
Refs: Drawing exh. at Irish International Exhibition, Dublin, 1907 (no. 385a);  Irish Times, 13 Apr 1899;  IB 41, 15 Apr 1899, 46; Building News 78, 30 Mar 1900, 439(illus.); Marcus Patton, Bangor: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1999), ii(illus.),52,53(illus.)

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, RATHMINES ROAD LOWER, NO. 012-17 (BELFAST BANK)
Date: 1899-1900
Nature: New branch bank.  Tenders invited, Sep 1899; 'nearly complete', Jul 1900.
Refs: Irish Times, 13,14,15 Sep 1899;  IB 41, 15 Oct 1899, 157; 42, 15 Jul 1900, 423; 43, 16 Jan 1901, 603

Building: CO. TYRONE, COOKSTOWN, CHAPEL STREET, COURT HOUSE
Date: 1900
Nature: With J.W. Leebody.
Refs: UAHS Dungannon & Cookstown, 29; C.E.B.Brett, Court Houses and Market Houses of the Province of Ulster (UAHS, 1973), 99,101(illus.); Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North West Ulster (1979), 217.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ADELAIDE PARK, NO. 011
Date: 1900
Nature: Addition of tower with lead dome and mushroom finial.
Refs: Paul Larmour, The Architectural Heritage of Malone & Stranmillis (UAHS, 1991), 25

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, MALONE PARK, NO. 037
Date: 1900
Nature: Turretted addition, with Art Nouveau leaded lights.
Refs: Paul Larmour, The Architectural Heritage of Malone & Stranmillis (UAHS, 1991), 96

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, SHANKILL ROAD, BELFAST BANK
Date: 1900
Nature: Builder: McLaughlin & Harvey
Refs: IB 42, 1 Feb 1900, 256

Building: CO. SLIGO, SLIGO, BELFAST BANK
Date: 1900ca
Nature: New branch bank in picturesque multi-gabled style. Contractor: Denis McLynn.
Refs: IB 67, 11 Jul 1925, 573; Tadhg Kilgannon, Sligo and its Surroundings (1926), 161-2.(illus.)

Building: CO. DOWN, HELEN'S BAY, ELDON GREEN (LATER RATHMOYLE)
Date: 1901
Nature: Large gabled house with tower, designed for himself.
Refs: C.E.B. Brett, Buildings of North County Down (UAHS, 2002), 126(illus.)

Building: CO. ARMAGH, LURGAN, BELFAST BANK
Date: 1901
Nature: New
Refs: IB 43, 19 Dec 1901, 978

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DERAMORE PARK, NO. 019 (FIRNESIDE)
Date: 1901
Nature: -
Refs: Drawing exh. at Irish International Exhibition, Dublin, 1907 (no. 383); Paul Larmour, The Architectural Heritage of Malone & Stranmillis (UAHS, 1991), 50(illus.),52

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, MALONE PARK, NO. 053 (DUNDERAVE)
Date: 1901
Nature: -
Refs: Paul Larmour, The Architectural Heritage of Malone & Stranmillis (UAHS, 1991), 92(illus.),97

Building: CO. ANTRIM, HILLHALL, PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Date: 1901-2
Nature: New church in Arts & Crafts style (also incorrectly attributed to Blackwood & Jury). FS laid 14 Dec 1901. Opened, Sep 1902. Cost: £2,250.
Refs: Belfast Newsletter, ? Sep 1902;  Paul Larmour, 'Twentieth-Century Church Architecture in Ireland' in A. Becker, J.A. Olley & W. Wang, eds., 20th-century Architecture, Ireland (1997), 61;  C.E.B. Brett, Buildings of North Couty Down (Belfast, 2002), 71-72(illus.), colour photograph no. 7 (between pp. 66 & 67)


Building: CO. TYRONE, COOKSTOWN, CHAPEL STREET, COURT HOUSE
Date: 1901a
Nature: New building opposite convent; 'squat amalgam of Scottish and Italianate styles'(Brett). With J.W. Leebody. Contractor: Mssrs. Stewart, Belfast (£3,550).
Refs: B of I files, citing 'B[elfast?] D[irectory?] 1901'; C.E.B. Brett, Court Houses and Market Houses of the Province of Ulster (UAHS, 1973), 99, 101(illus.)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ADELAIDE PARK, NO. 037 (NUTLEY)
Date: 1902
Nature: -
Refs: Drawing exh. at Irish International Exhibition, Dublin, 1907 (no. 385); Paul Larmour, The Architectural Heritage of Malone & Stranmillis (UAHS, 1991), 24(illus.),26

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CADOGAN PARK, NO. 028 (CRUSHEEN)
Date: 1902
Nature: For Francis Hunter.
Refs: Paul Larmour, The Architectural Heritage of Malone & Stranmillis (UAHS, 1991), 40,44(illus.)

Building: CO. DOWN?, CARNALEA, HOUSE
Date: 1903
Nature: For Samuel R. Murphy
Refs: IB 45, 4 Jun 1903, 1806

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DONEGALL PLACE, NO. 036 (SHARMAN D. NEILL)
Date: 1903
Nature: New premises 'recently finished' in Dec 1903. Carving by Winter & Thompson.
Refs: B 85, 12 Dec 1903, 613; IB 46, 27 Feb 1904, 106; IB Jubilee no., 1909, 41; Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 72, no. 160(illus.); Brett, 71; Marcus Patton, Central Belfast (UAHS, 1993), 100(illus.),106.

Building: CO. DOWN, CARNALEA, KILLAIRE ROAD, ARDKEEN
Date: 1903-04
Nature: New house in brick and roughcast of 'audacious design'; for Samuel J. Murphy (of Murphy & Stevenson, linen merchants). Tenders invited, 1903.
Refs: IB 45, 23 Apr 1903, 1806; Marcus Patton, Bangor: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1999), 112,113(illus.)

Building: CO. DERRY, PORTSTEWART, PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Date: 1903-5
Nature: New church on site of predecessor of 1827 (demolished 1902). Foundations laid, 1903. In course of erection, Aug 1904. Builder: James Kennedy, Coleraine.
Refs: B 87, 27 Aug 1904, 233; IB 47, 1 Jul 1905, 458; W.D. Girvan, Historic Buildings…in Coleraine and Portstewart (UAHS, 1972), 35,38(illus.); Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North West Ulster (1979), 460; Simon Walker, Historic Ulster Churches (Institute of Irish Studies, 2000), 152(illus.);  also illus. in Laurence Kirkpatrick, Presbyterians in Ireland: an illustrated history (Booklink, 2006), 190.


Building: CO. DOWN, BANGOR, FARNHAM ROAD, NO. 001 (LANCEDEAN)
Date: 1903ca
Nature: Asymmetrical villa with tripartite 1st-floor windows. For H.C. Craig.
Refs: Marcus Patton, Bangor: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1999), 77

Building: CO. DOWN, CRAWFORDSBURN HOUSE
Date: 1904-1906
Nature: New house.in squared rubble sandstone for Col. Sharman Crawford.
Refs: IB 46, 19 Nov,3 Dec 1904, 772,801; Marcus Patton, Bangor: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1999), 59,61

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CHICHESTER STREET, J. ROBSON & CO. LTD
Date: 1905
Nature: Tenders invited for building same, Aug 1905.
Refs: IB 47, 12 Aug 1905, 542; B 89, 26 Aug 1905, 242

Building: CO. DERRY, COLERAINE, CASTLEROCK ROAD, COLERAINE ACADEMICAL INSTITUTION
Date: 1906
Nature: Entrance gateway in memory of Maud Houston. Builder: D.H. Christie, Coleraine.
Refs: W.D. Girvan, Historic Buildings…in Coleraine and Portstewart (UAHS, 1972), 15(illus.),26; Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North West Ulster (1979), 207.

Building: CO. DOWN, DOWNPATRICK, MASONIC HALL
Date: 1907
Nature: New. Corner stone laid May 1907.
Refs: IB 49, 1 Jun 1907, 393; B 94, 25 Jan 1908, 98; D. Dunleath, P.J. Rankin, A.J. Rowan, Historic Buildings… in the town of Downpatrick (UAHS, 1970), 9

Building: CO. ANTRIM, DERRIAGHY, MISSION HALL
Date: 1907
Nature: Dedicated, 1907. Old English style. Builder: D.McHenry & Son, Lisburn.
Refs: Building News 92, 15 Mar 1907, 401

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CHICHESTER STREET, MOTOR WORKS (J.B. FERGUSON)
Date: 1908
Nature: Begun 1908. For J.B. Ferguson, Ltd. Builder: Armstrong.
Refs: IB 51, 9 Jan 1909, 18

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, FORTWILLIAM PARK, FAIRBOURNE
Date: 1908
Nature: Manorial style. For Lloyd Campbell. Builder: McDowell, Leathern & Frazer.
Refs: IB 51, 9 Jan 1909, 18

Building: CO. DOWN, GLENCRAIG (CRAIGAVAD), PAROCHIAL SCHOOL & TEACHER'S RESIDENCE
Date: 1909
Nature: Enlargement of same.
Refs: IB 51, 1 May 1909, 277

Building: CO. ARMAGH, LURGAN, MARKET STREET, ULSTER BANK
Date: 1909-1911
Nature: New bank. Lower front of Aberdeen granite, upper part of Mountcharles stone. Opened 1911. Builder: J. & W. Stewart, Belfast
Refs: Drawing(s), dated Feb 1911, seen by Hugh Dixon, 1972, formerly in Ulster Bank Premises Department, Belfast, UB/N54-58 (destroyed in bomb attack, 1972); IB 51, 16 Oct,13 Nov 1909, 658,726; 53, 4 Mar 1911, 146;  Kevin V. Mulligan, The Buildings of Ireland: South Ulster (2013), 433.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BALLYWATT, PRESBYTERIAN MEMORIAL HALL
Date: 1911
Nature: Builder: William Dowling.
Refs: IB 53, 15 Apr 1911, 245; IA & C 1, 22 Apr 1911, 172

Building: CO. TYRONE, OMAGH, DUBLIN ROAD, PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (1ST)
Date: ?
Nature: 'reputedly by Vincent Craig'.
Refs: Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North West Ulster (1979), 445

Building: CO. TYRONE, CASTLEDERG, PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (1ST)
Date: ?
Nature: 'The current church was built in the early 1800s[sic] and the architect was Mr Vincaent Craig...'
Refs: Laurence Kirkpatrick, Presbyterians in Ireland: an illustrated history (Booklink, 2006), 199(illus.).