Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Belfast. Samuel Patrick Close was born in 1842 in Kilmaine, Co. Mayo, the son of Robert Shaw Close, rector of Kilmaine, and his wife, Sarah, the daughter of a Dublin merchant named Mills. He went to a private school in Dublin and was intended by his parents for the army, but the loss of an eye in an accident when he was about eighteen ruled out a military career and allowed him instead to pursue the profession of architect. In 1862, at the age of twenty, he became articled to the Belfast-based architectural firm of LANYON LYNN & LANYON LYNN & amp; LANYON LANYON . By 1868 he had moved to Carrickfergus as clerk of works for the building of Sheils's Charitable Institution, designed by WILLIAM HENRY LYNN WILLIAM HENRY LYNN . On the completion of the building he left Lanyon, Lynn & Lanyon, though maintaining some connection with the firm, and became superintendent of works for ALEXANDER TATE ALEXANDER TATE , county surveyor of Antrim. In this capacity he supervised the building of the new town hall at Larne (1868-1870). In 1872 he opened his own office at 53 Waring Street, Belfast, and for the next forty years or so ran a practice which was very largely limited to work in counties Antrim and Down. In 1899 he moved to new premises in Donegall Square, which were shared with W.H. Lynn.

Close was an excellent draughtsman and by September 1864, when his first illustration appeared in the Dublin Builder, had been chosen by Lanyon, Lynn & Lanyon, to execute pictorial representations of their work. He was a frequent exhibitor of his drawings, both architectural designs and topographical sketches. Drawings by him were included in twenty-one RHA exhibitions between 1874 and 1908; he also exhibited at the RIAI in 1865, 1869 and 1873,(1) at the Belfast Industrial Exhibition in 1876,(2) at the Cork Industrial Exhibition in1883,(3) and at the Irish International Exhibition in 1907.(4) In 1868, on the recommendation of the council of the RIAI, he published the series of measured drawings of Holy Cross Abbey, Co. Tipperary, for which the RIAI had awarded him the Fitzgerald Silver Medal, with an accompanying descriptive letterpress;(5) three of the drawings were reproduced in the Irish Builder of 15 Aug 1888 (facing p. 208).

Close's figure is described by F.J. Bigger as 'rugged' and 'towering', though by temperament he was apparently mild and retiring. In about 1877 he married Lucinda Frances (d. 1920), daughter of William Burleigh, J.P., of Carrickfergus. Their son, RICHARD MILLS CLOSE RICHARD MILLS CLOSE , entered his father's firm in 1908, became a partner in 1910 and from about 1915 onwards was effectively in charge. After his retirement Samuel Close continued to live at Carrickfergus, which had been his home for most of his working life and where he had designed a house for himself in 1894. He died at Carrickfergus on 2 August 1925.

Close was a subscriber to George Lister Sutcliffe, The Principles and Practice of Modern House-Construction (London, 1898).

RIAI: elected student 17 March 1864;(6) awarded president's prize of £10, 21 June 1866;(7) associate, 1867; awarded Fitzgerald Silver Medal for his measured drawings of Holy Cross Abbey, Co. Tipperary; his paper on same, read to RIAI by GEORGE CARLISLE HENDERSON GEORGE CARLISLE HENDERSON , 20 Febrary 1868;(8) elected fellow 17 April 1873;(9) restored to list of fellows, 1877.(10)
RSAI: elected member 21 April 1869.(11)
Belfast Architectural Association: founder member, 1872; delivers paper on measured drawings;(12) delivers paper on excursion to Northampton in 1872 with London Architectural Association;(13) chairs meeting March 1874.(14)
RHA: elected academician, circa 1892.
Belfast Ramblers' Sketching Club: member circa 1879-1910.

Addresses: Carrickfergus, 1869;(15) 53 Waring St, Belfast, 1872-<=1898; Donegall Square Buildings, Belfast, from <=1898.

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References

All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is fromAngela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990). An obituary of Close by F.J. Bigger appeared in Belfast News Letter, 27 Aug 1925, 8. A more recent account of Close's life and works is in Paul Larmour, 'A Worthy Victorian Architect' , Perspective: the Journal of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects 5 (May/Jun 1998), 72-75.

(1) IB 12, 1 Jan 1870, 4; 16, 15 Jan 1873, 17.
(2) IB 18, 15 Jun 1876, 171-2, which describes his style as 'vigorous but rather conventional' and susceptible to 'cookery'.
(3) IALE.
(4) IALE.
(5) Reviewed in IB 11, 1 Mar 1869, 61.
(6) RIAI council meeting minutes, 4 Mar 1864, 11; general meeting minutes, 17 Mar 1864, 140.
(7) RIAI general meeting minutes 21 Jun 1866, 190; DB 8, 1 Jul 1866, 171.
(8) RIAI council meeting minutes, 20 Feb 1868, 103; general meeting minutes 20 Feb,19 Nov 1868, 219,225; IB 10, 15 Feb,1 Mar,15 Nov 1868, 47,58,283.
(9) RIAI council meeting minutes 7,12 Apr 1873, 178,179; general meeting minutes, 17 Apr 1873, 257; IB 15, 1 May 1873, 128.
(10) RIAI council meeting minutes, 5 Mar 1877, 207; subsequently, under the new RIAI constitution, Close had to pass through the election process again: council meeting minutes for 7 Apr 1883 (226) record his election as member, and general meeting minutes for 12 Dec 1885 (281) his election as fellow. But cf. Albert C. Freeman, ed., The Architect's & Surveyor's Directory & Referendum (1910), 185, which gives date of his becoming a fellow as 1883.
(11) JRSAI 10 (1868-69),265.
(12) B 30, 21 Dec 1872, 1003; IB 14, 15 Dec 1872, 333; Architect 8, 14 Dec 1872, 326.
(13) IB 15, 15 Mar 1873, 81.
(14) Architect 11, 28 Mar 1874, 187; IB 16, 1 Apr 1874, 96.
(15) JRSAI 10 (1868-9), 196.


133 work entries listed in chronological order for CLOSE, SAMUEL PATRICK


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Building: CO. ANTRIM, LARNE, TOWN HALL
Date: 1868-1870
Nature: Building of Alexander Tate's design supervised by SPC
Refs: IB 10, 1 Aug 1878, 195; Architect 11, ? ? 1874, 242; RHA 1875, no. 227

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DERRYVOLGIE AVENUE, NO. 016 & 18 (ARDSALLAGH)
Date: 1870-71
Nature: Pair of Italianat semi-detached villas.
Refs: Paul Larmour, The Architectural Heritage of Malone & Stranmillis (UAHS, 1991), 57; Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 23-4 (Pls. 21-23); Paul Larmour, 'A Worthy Victorian Architect' , Perspective: the Journal of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects 5 (May/Jun 1998), 73

Building: CO. MEATH, DOWDSTOWN (NAVAN)
Date: 1870ca
Nature: SPC may have assisted Lanyon, Lynn & Lanyon in design
Refs: Christine Casey & Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North Leinster (1993), 434

Building: CO. ANTRIM, ANTRIM, GLEBE HOUSE
Date: 1870s
Nature: Gabled, 3-storey.
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 48-9 (Pls. 67,68)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ARTHUR SQUARE, THEATRE ROYAL
Date: 1871
Nature: SPC assisted Lanyon, Lynn & Lanyon in building Charles Sherry's design
Refs: IB 13, 15 Sep 1871, 245; Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 25.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, LARNE, MCGAREL ALMSHOUSES
Date: 1872
Nature: Ten High Victorian Gothic almshouses, for Charles McGarel.
Refs: RHA 1874, no. 272; IB 13, 1 Nov 1871, 283; 16, 15 Feb 1874, 63; 18, 15 Jun 1876, 172;Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990),  25-28 (Pls. 24-25,27); Paul Larmour, 'A Worthy Victorian Architect' , Perspective: the Journal of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects 5 (May/Jun 1998), 72(illlus.),73

Building: CO. ANTRIM, PORTRUSH, HOUSES
Date: 1872
Nature: Design for terraced houses on Antrim estate.
Refs: Elevation and section of terraced houses on the Antrim estate Portrush, in PRONI, D2977/37/1/2/8 (see PRONI e-catalogue).

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, MEADOW STREET, HOUSE, STABLES & STORE
Date: 1873
Nature: For John Ross. (Demolished.)
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 128.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, KILWAUGHTER, SCHOOL
Date: 1874
Nature: Gothic schools. For Rev. Classon Porter.
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 28-30,128 (Pls. 28-30).

Building: CO. ANTRIM, CASTLE DOBBS
Date: 1875
Nature: Gate lodge and gates, for C.R. Dobbs.
Refs: Design in collection of Mssrs. McLaughlin & Hervey, 292, see Hugh Dixon, Ulster Architecture 1800-1900 (UAHS, 1972), 16 (no. 57); McGuinness, 30-31,128 (Pl. 33); Paul Larmour, 'A Worthy Victorian Architect' , Perspective: the Journal of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects 5 (May/Jun 1998), 74

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, FLEET STREET (GARMOYLE STREET) WAREHOUSE & STORE (SINCLAIR & BOYD)
Date: 1876
Nature: Now demolished.
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 128.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, MAGHERAMORNE, MINISTER'S OR AGENT'S HOUSE
Date: 1876
Nature: For Charles McGarel.
Refs: RHA 1877, no. 327; Architect 16, 30 Sep 1876, 198(illus.); Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 31-2 (Pls. 34,35).

Building: CO. ANTRIM, MAGHERAMORNE, MISSION HOUSE & SCHOOLS (LATER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH)
Date: 1876
Nature: Gothic Revival mission hall. For Charles McGarel. Design exh. Belfast Industrial Exhibition, 1876, and RHA, 1877.
Refs: RHA 1877, no. 327; IB 18, 15 Jun 1876, 172; Architect 16, 30 Sep 1876, 198(illus.); Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 32-33 (Pls.34,38-40); Paul Larmour, 'A Worthy Victorian Architect' , Perspective: the Journal of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects 5 (May/Jun 1998), 72(illus.),73

Building: CO. ANTRIM, GLENARM, CHURCH OF ST PATRICK (CI, TICKMACREVAN PARISH)
Date: 1876
Nature: Additions and/or improvements including addition of new porch, removal of gallery, replacement of dead wall with Gothic arch opening into tower at W end, conversion of part of tower into baptistry, new tracery windows in nave, tiling of aisle and hot air heating.  Caen stone font presented by Dowager Countess of Antrim.  New stained glass window in baptistry presented by rector, another on S side of nave presented by rector and 'lady relative'.
Refs: Irish Ecclesiastical Gazette 20, no. 229, 1 Apr 1878, 101;  Paul Larmour, 'A Worthy Victorian Architect' , Perspective: the Journal of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects 5 (May/Jun 1998), 74

Building: CO. ANTRIM, MAGHERAMORNE, ORANGE HALL
Date: 1876ca
Nature: Attr. to SPC by McGuinness. For Charles McGarel.
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 33.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DERRYVOLGIE AVENUE, NO. 006
Date: 1877
Nature: Stables & stores. For Mrs Porter
Refs: McGuinness, 128

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, HIGH STREET, SHOP & PREMISES (JOHN MCKEE)
Date: 1877
Nature: Ruskinian Gothic. Destroyed in blitz.
Refs: McGuinness, 33-34,128 (Pl. 41)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, LARNE, OLDERFLEET HOTEL
Date: 1878
Nature: New hotel with 3 large reception rooms, 2 private sitting rooms and about 25 bedrooms. Proprietor: James Chaine.
Refs: Architect 19, 20 Jul 1878, 36(illus.); RHA 1879, no. 309; Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 38 (Pl. 46); Paul Larmour, 'A Worthy Victorian Architect' , Perspective: the Journal of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects 5 (May/Jun 1998), 74

Building: CO. ANTRIM, GLYNN, GLEBE HOUSE
Date: 1878
Nature: New.
Refs: Paul Larmour, 'A Worthy Victorian Architect' , Perspective: the Journal of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects 5 (May/Jun 1998), 74

Building: CO. ANTRIM, MAGHERAMORNE HOUSE (1878)
Date: 1878-1880
Nature: New house for for James McGarel Hogg, lst Baron Magheramorne, brother of Charles McGarel; 'a manorial composition with dubdued gothic elements' (Larmour). Builder: James Henry
Refs: RHA 1878, no. 483; RHA 1880, 495; IB 22, 15 Mar 1880, 83; Architect 24, 2 Oct 1880, 211(illus.); Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 41-44 (Pls. 48-53); Paul Larmour, 'A Worthy Victorian Architect' , Perspective: the Journal of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects 5 (May/Jun 1998), 72(illus.), 73

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, APSLEY STREET, SCHOOL
Date: 1879
Nature: Gothic. For S.P. Cowan. Remodelled in 1930s.
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 34-5,128.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, LARNE, CHURCH OF ST CEDMA (CI, INVER PARISH)
Date: 1879-1880
Nature: Closes for improvements, including insertion of fine  and alteration of ceiling, &c. Reopened on St Patrick's Day 1880 after complete restoration. E end emphasized so as to form an internal chancel, with floor raised above remaining part New open pitch pine roof and new pews. Gifts include stained-glass E window given by Sir McGarel Hogg, encaustic tiles around communion table, stone pulpit (not yet erected), prayer desk, brass eagle lectern, new organ (about to be erected) and another memorial window. (Both McGuinness and Larmour date restoration of interior to 1885).
Refs: Irish Ecclesiastical Gazette 21, no. 240, 1 Mar 1879, 460; 22, no. 13, 27 Mar 1880, 261.;  Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 57; Paul Larmour, 'A Worthy Victorian Architect' , Perspective: the Journal of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects 5 (May/Jun 1998), 74.

Building: CO. MONAGHAN, CASTLEBLAYNEY, PROVINCIAL BANK
Date: 1880
Nature: New cash office
Refs: AIB drawings collection;  Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 128;  Kevin V. Mulligan, The Buildings of Ireland: South Ulster (2013), 234.

Building: CO. FERMANAGH, ENNISKILLEN, EAST BRIDGE STREET, BELFAST BANK
Date: 1880ca
Nature: Italianate.
Refs: Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North West Ulster (1979), 283;Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990),  54-55,128 (Pl. 78).

Building: CO. ANTRIM, GLENARM, CEMETERY
Date: 1881
Nature: Designs for caretaker's house, gates and railings for new cemetery.
Refs: Plans, elevations and details, 1881, in PRONI, D2977/37/3/1/3A (see PRONI e-catalogue).

Building: CO. ANTRIM, RUNKERRY HOUSE
Date: 1881-83
Nature: New house in Scottish Baronial style for Edward Macnaghten
Refs: Building News, 10 Jun 1881,(illus.); Irish International Exhibition, 1907, no. 380; R.M. Young, Belfast and the Province of Ulster (1909), 212; Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 44-48,128 (Pls. 55-66); W.D. Girvan, Historic Buildings…in North Antrim (UAHS, 1972), 26; Paul Larmour, 'A Worthy Victorian Architect' , Perspective: the Journal of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects 5 (May/Jun 1998), 72(illus.),73(illus.),74

Building: CO. ANTRIM, CARNMONEY, HOUSE
Date: 1882
Nature: Drawing exh. at RHA
Refs: RHA 1882, no. 635

Building: CO. ANTRIM, LARNE, GARDENMORE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (OLD)
Date: 1882
Nature: Gothic.
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 80,128 (Pl. 135).

Building: CO. ANTRIM, CARRICKFERGUS, METHODIST CHURCH
Date: 1882
Nature: New Gothic church. To cost 'about £1500'.
Refs: Irish Ecclesiastical Gazette 24, no. 121, 22 Apr 1882, 271; Sheela Speers, Under the Big Lamp(1989), 50(illus.); Paul Larmour, 'A Worthy Victorian Architect' , Perspective: the Journal of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects 5 (May/Jun 1998), 74

Building: CO. ANTRIM, LARNE, METHODIST CHURCH
Date: 1882-83
Nature: New Gothic church.
Refs: Cork Industrial Exhibition 1883, no. 803; RHA 1883, no. 569; ?also 1884, no. 370 ('New church and schools, Larne'); Paul Larmour, 'A Worthy Victorian Architect' , Perspective: the Journal of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects 5 (May/Jun 1998), 74

Building: CO. ANTRIM, CAIRNCASTLE
Date: 1882ca
Nature: Extensive additions to existing house.
Refs: Building News, 17 Feb 1882, (illus.)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, INVER STREET, BAKERY
Date: 1883
Nature: Additions. (Demolished.)
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 128.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, LARNE, OLDERFLEET NATIONAL SCHOOL
Date: 1883
Nature: New Gothic school.
Refs: 51st Report of Commissioners of National Education in Ireland (1884), 288; McGuinness, 51,128 (Pl. 73)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ANTRIM ROAD, ST PAUL'S SCHOOLS
Date: 1884
Nature: For Rev. C. Scott. Demolished.
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 51-2, 128 (Pl. 74).

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, VICTORIA STREET, NO. 161-163 (BELFAST BANK)
Date: 1884
Nature: 2-storey, 4-bay red sandstone builidng on corner of Gloucester St. Contractor: H. & J. Martin.
Refs: Signed and dated elevation in collection of Northern Bank Ltd, Belfast Bank Index 60, see Hugh Dixon, Ulster Architecture 1800-1900 (UAHS, 1972), 25 (no. 127); Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 53-4,128 (Pls. 76,77); Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1993), 320

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ADELAIDE STREET, WAREHOUSE
Date: 1885ca
Nature: -
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 56,128 (Pl. 80)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, LIGONIEL ROAD (BALLYSILLAN), ST MARK'S PARSONAGE
Date: 1885ca
Nature: New.
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 49,128 (Pl. 71); Paul Larmour, 'A Worthy Victorian Architect' , Perspective: the Journal of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects 5 (May/Jun 1998), 74.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, JAMES'S STREET SOUTH, WAREHOUSE (MCCRUM, WATSON & CO.)
Date: 1886
Nature: Now extensively altered.
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 56,128 (Pl. 79).

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, MERVUE STREET, SCHOOL
Date: 1886
Nature: For Alfred Lepper. Demolished.
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 52,128 (Pl. 77).

Building: CO. ANTRIM, LARNE, UNION WORKHOUSE
Date: 1886
Nature: Dispensary.
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 49-50 (Pls. 72-3).

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, STEAM MILL LANE, JAMES MCAULEY & SONS
Date: 1886-7
Nature: Stores, gates, offices. Now demolished.
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 129.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, HOLYWOOD ROAD (DUNDELA), ST MARK'S RECTORY
Date: 1886-87
Nature: New rectory for St Mark's select vestry.
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 49,128 (pls. 69,70);   Paul Larmour, 'A Worthy Victorian Architect' , Perspective: the Journal of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects 5 (May/Jun 1998), 74.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, LARNE, CHAINE MEMORIAL TOWER
Date: 1886-88
Nature: Irish round tower, raised by subscription in memory of James Chaine. Intended as a lighthouse but not equipped as one until 1897.
Refs: RHA 1889, no. 408; Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 60,61,128 (Pls. 88,89); for more about this tower see Bill Long, Bright Light, White Water (1993), 181-2; Paul Larmour, 'A Worthy Victorian Architect' , Perspective: the Journal of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects 5 (May/Jun 1998), 73(illus),74

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CORPORATION SQUARE, OFFICES & STORES (ROBERT MCAULEY & SONS)
Date: 1887
Nature: Now demolished
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990),129.

Building: CO. DOWN, BANGOR, MAIN STREET, TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (2ND)
Date: 1887-1888
Nature: New Gothic church to seat 700 and schools.. Early Perpendicular. Yorkshire stone, dressed with stone from Glebe quarries.Opened 29 Jul 1888. Builder: H. Laverty & Son
Refs: IB 29, 15 Mar 1887, 91; 30, 15 Aug 1888, 216; RHA 1888, no. 438;  Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 57,129; Marcus Patton, Historic Buildings in…Bangor and Groomsport (UAHS, 1984), 120; Paul Larmour, 'A Worthy Victorian Architect' , Perspective: the Journal of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects 5 (May/Jun 1998), 74.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, LARNE, DRUMALIS
Date: 1888-1890
Nature: Remodelling, for Sir Hugh Houston Smiley, 'turning a compact house of the early 1870s in a restained Italianate style into a large and rambling composition dominated by a four-storey tower in a more exuberant style' (Larmour). Interiors by George Walton, Glasgow.
Refs: PRONI, W.H. Stephens & Sons papers, D1898/1/6;Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990),  57-60 (Pls. 82-87); Paul Larmour, 'A Worthy Victorian Architect' , Perspective: the Journal of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects 5 (May/Jun 1998), 73(illus.),74

Building: CO. DOWN, BANGOR, BRYANSBURN, HOUSES
Date: 1888-1890
Nature: New villas, with well, stables and boundary wall, for A.S. Crawford, D.L. Builder: McLaughlin & Harvey, York St, Belfast.
Refs: Accounts and correspondence re same, 1888-1890, in PRONI, D856/A/5/11 (see PRONI e-catalogue).

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, BROADWAY, BROADWAY DAMASK CO.
Date: 1888;1892;1903
Nature: Additions to factory.
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 129.

Building: CO. DONEGAL, GLENCOLUMBKILLE, CHURCH OF ST COLUMBA (CI)
Date: 1890
Nature: New chancel and buttresses
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 85,129 (Pl. 141); Clergy of Derry & Raphoe (Ulster Historical Foundation, 1999), 141(illus.);  exterior also illus. in Claude Costegalde & Brian Walker, The Church of Ireland: an illustrated history (2013), 171.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, CARRICKFERGUS, NORTH ROAD, ST NICHOLAS'S RECTORY
Date: 1890-1892
Nature: New rectory. Completed 1892.
Refs: Architect 44, 31 Oct 1890, suppl. p.2; Samuel McSkimin, The history and antiquities of the county of the town of Carrickfergus, from the earliest records till 1839 : also a statistical survey of said county (New ed., 1909), 371

Building: CO. ANTRIM, ANTRIM, CHURCH OF ALL SAINTS (CI)
Date: 1891
Nature: Organ chamber and internal alts., including addition of chancel. New oak pulpit in memory of Rev. J.G. Holmes.
Refs: Architect 46, 30 Oct 1891, suppl. p.1; IB 34, 15 Aug 1892, 179; Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 129; UAHS Antrim & Ballymena list, 5

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ALBERT BRIDGE ROAD (& MOUNT STREET), HOUSES
Date: 1891
Nature: Additions.
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 129.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CASTLE STREET, INGLIS & CO.
Date: 1891
Nature: Extensive internal alterations. (Demolished.)
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 92,129.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DONEGALL STREET, HARPER & CO
Date: 1891
Nature: Shops, warehouse, workshops reinstated after fire. Now demolished.
Refs: PRONI, W.H. Stephens & Sons papers, D1898/1/9;Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990),  92-3,129.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, RIDGEWAY STREET, NO. 005-31
Date: 1891
Nature: Houses for McCaw, Stevenson & Orr
Refs: Paul Larmour, The Architectural Heritage of Malone & Stranmillis (UAHS, 1991), 153; Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990),88,129 (Pls. 142,143).

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, TOMB STREET, OFFICES & STORES (J.J. MCCONNELL)
Date: 1891
Nature: Now demolished
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 129.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, WARING STREET, WILLIAM HENDERSON & SON
Date: 1891 or 1892
Nature: Offices & stores, for William Henderson & Son
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 93,129.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, NEWTOWNARDS ROAD (BALLYMACARRETT), CHURCH OF ST PATRICK (CI)
Date: 1891-3;1901-03
Nature: New church on site of Christ Church. FS laid 26 Oct 1891. 1st secton, built by Dixon & Campbell, consecrated 11 Mar 1893. 2nd section and tower completed by Mssrs. Thornbury, 1903. (Church almost totally rebuilt after bomb damage in 1941)
Refs: B 61, 14 Nov 1891, ?; 64, 25 Feb 1893, 155; 85, 17 Oct 1903, 391-2; IB 35, 1 Mar 1893, 61; RHA 1899, no. 307; PRONI, W.H. Stephens & Sons papers, D1898/1/36; Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 64 (under no. 144); Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990),  68,69 (Pls. 94,95); Fred Rankin, ed., Clergy of Down and Dromore (Ulster Historical Foundation, 1996), 56-57(illus.);  exterior also illus. in Claude Costegalde & Brian Walker, The Church of Ireland: an illustrated history (2013), 185.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, BROADWAY, SCHOOL & SCHOOLMASTER'S HOUSE
Date: 1891;1894
Nature: For Broadway Damask Co. (Demolished.)
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 90,129 (Pl. 147).

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ALBERT BRIDGE ROAD, NORTHERN BANK
Date: 1892
Nature: Additions
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 129.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, BROADWAY, HOUSES
Date: 1892
Nature: For Broadway Damask Co.
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 129.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DONEGALL SQUARE (& CLARENCE PL), CLARENCE PLACE YOUNG MEN'S SOCIETY
Date: 1892
Nature: Adds. & alts. for Clarence Place Young Men's Society
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 129.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ELIZA COURT, BAKERY (INGLIS)
Date: 1892
Nature: Additions, for James Inglis & Co. . (Now demolished.)
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 129.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, SHANKILL ROAD, ST MICHAEL'S CHURCH SCHOOLS
Date: 1892
Nature: For Rev. J. W. Sheerman. Now demolished.
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 129.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DUNBAR STREET, WAREHOUSE
Date: 1892
Nature: New warehouse for J. & J. McConnell, builders..
Refs: PRONI, W.H. Stephens & Sons papers, D1898/1/13.

Building: CO. DERRY, COLERAINE, DIAMOND, BELFAST BANK
Date: 1892-1894
Nature: Drawing exh. RHA 1892
Refs: Northern Bank archives, NB/125; RHA 1892, no. 484; Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 93,130 (Pl.153); W.D. Girvan, Historic Buildings…in Coleraine and Portstewart (UAHS, 1972), 9; Paul Larmour, 'A Worthy Victorian Architect' , Perspective: the Journal of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects 5 (May/Jun 1998), 75

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, BLYTHE STREET, ST AIDAN'S SCHOOLS
Date: 1893
Nature: For Select Vestry of St Aidan's CI church. Now demolished.
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 90,129 (Pl. 148)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, STRANMILLIS ROAD, NO. 104-128 (CHILWORTH BUILDINGS)
Date: 1893
Nature: 13 houses for McCaw, Stevenson & Orr
Refs: Paul Larmour, The Architectural Heritage of Malone & Stranmillis (UAHS, 1991), 171,175(illus.); Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990),2 89,129 (Pls.144-146); Paul Larmour, 'A Worthy Victorian Architect' , Perspective: the Journal of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects 5 (May/Jun 1998), 74(illus.),75.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, UNIVERSITY ROAD, HOUSE
Date: 1893
Nature: Alterations, for J.J. McConnell.
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 129.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DALTON STREET, WAREHOUSE (JOHN A. BECK & CO.)
Date: 1894
Nature: Now demolished.
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990),129.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, TOMB STREET, OFFICES & STORES (JOHN A. BECK & CO.)
Date: 1894
Nature: Now demolished
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 129.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, CARRICKFERGUS, EDEN ROAD, FODEEN
Date: 1894
Nature: For himself
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 107,129.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, BLYTHE STREET, ST AIDAN'S CHURCH (CI)
Date: 1894-1895
Nature: New brick church in Early English style to seat 800. FS laid 27 Oct 1894. Builder: T. McMillan. Expected cost: £3,000. Consecrated 23 Mar 1895.
Refs: IB 36, 15 Nov 1894, 252; McGuinness, 66-67, Pls. 90,91); Paul Larmour, 'A Worthy Victorian Architect' , Perspective: the Journal of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects 5 (May/Jun 1998), 74; Clergy of Connor (Ulster Historical Foundation, 1993), 95;  exterior illus. in Claude Costegalde & Brian Walker, The Church of Ireland: an illustrated history (2013), 218.


Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ?, ST JOHN'S CHURCH NATIONAL SCHOOLS
Date: 1894-5
Nature: Enlargement
Refs: IB 36, 15 Jun 1894, 138; Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990),130.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DUNCAIRN GARDENS, HOUSES
Date: 1895
Nature: For James Agnew
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 130.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, LORD STREET, LEDLEY CHURCH SCHOOL (CI)
Date: 1895
Nature: For select vestry of St Patrick's CI church
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 91,130.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DURHAM STREET, NO. 086 (QUEEN VICTORIA NATIONAL SCHOOLS)
Date: 1895-6
Nature: New school, replacing earlier one in connerction with and adjoining Christ Church, Durham St.  FS laid by Marquess of Londonderry and Earl of Erne, 26 Jan 1895. Builder: Kidd.(Demolished, 1975.)
Refs: Irish Times, 29 Jan 1895;  Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1993), 142;  C.E.B. Brett, Buildings of Belfast (2nd edn., 1985), 48, Pl. 43; Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 90-91 (Pls. 149,150).

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, KING'S ROAD (KNOCK), CHURCH OF ST COLUMBA (CI)
Date: 1895-96;1900
Nature: FS laid 29 Jun 1895; chancel, transepts & one bay consecrated 13 Jun 1896. Builder: Courtney Bros. 2 more bays added and consecrated 23 Jun 1900.
Refs: B 71, 4 Jul 1896, 15; 79, 7 Jul 1900, 11; RHA 1908, no. 311; John Frederick MacNeice, The Church of Ireland in Belfast (Belfast, 1931), 43-46(illus.);  Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 70-72 (Pls. 100-105); Clergy of Down & Dromore (Ulster Historical Foundation, 1996), 69(illus.); Paul Larmour, 'A Worthy Victorian Architect' , Perspective: the Journal of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects 5 (May/Jun 1998), 74-5

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BALLYCASTLE, NEW QUAY, SCHOOL
Date: 1896
Nature: FS laid July 1896
Refs: B 71, 18 Jul 1896, 60

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, LITTLE DONEGALL STREET, WAREHOUSE & OFFICES (EDWARD KING & CO.)
Date: 1896
Nature: New. (Demolished.)
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 130.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, MOUNTPOTTINGER, SCHOOL
Date: 1896
Nature: Builder: Wm. Kerr
Refs: B 70, 15 Feb 1896, 146

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ANTRIM ROAD, CHURCH OF ST PETER (CI)
Date: 1896-1900
Nature: Gothic revival, with some Irish revival detail. Opened, tho' only chancel, transepts and 1 bay of nave completed, 29 Jun 1900. Builder: H. Laverty & Sons. Terracotta panel over altar by George Tinworth. (Damaged in explosion, Jul 1987, and subsequently restored.)
Refs: PRONI, W.H. Stephens & Sons papers, D1898/1/22; B 79, 21 Jul 1900, 61; Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 72-78,133 (Pls. 106-129); Paul Larmour, 'A Worthy Victorian Architect' , Perspective: the Journal of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects 5 (May/Jun 1998), 73(illus.),74(illus.),75;  exterior illus. in Claude Costegalde & Brian Walker, The Church of Ireland: an illustrated history (2013), 220.

Building: CO. DONEGAL, FAHAN, CHURCH OF ST MURA (CI, FAHAN UPPER PARISH)
Date: 1897
Nature: Single-bay chancel.
Refs: IB 39, 15 Nov 1897, 224; Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North West Ulster (1979), 290; Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 84-5,130.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, WARING STREET, J. MORTON
Date: 1897
Nature: Addition of offices to business premises. (Now demolished.)
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 130.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, KILWAUGHTER, SCHOOL
Date: 1897
Nature: New. (Now a house.)
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 91-92,130 (Pl. 152).

Building: CO. ANTRIM, LARNE, PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (1ST), SCHOOLS
Date: 1897
Nature: SPC exhibits drawing at RHA in 1908 (perhaps McKenna Memorial School, qv.)
Refs: RHA 1908, no. 311

Building: CO. ANTRIM, CARRICKFERGUS, VICTORIA STREET, MASONIC HALL
Date: 1897-1898
Nature: Italianate.
Refs: B 73, 11 Sep 1897, 208; Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 96 (Pl. 161); Paul Larmour, 'A Worthy Victorian Architect' , Perspective: the Journal of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects 5 (May/Jun 1998), 75

Building: CO. ANTRIM, LARNE, CAIRNDHU HOUSE
Date: 1897-98
Nature: Major alterations to house for John Stewart Clarke, J.P., nephew of Hugh Smiley of Drumalis, turning it into 'a large multi-gabled house of asymmetrical plan and irregular outline, designed in a vaguely Tudor style but otherwise given a Chinese flavour by the fret-like treatment of its timber verndas and balconies'(Larmour) Also gate lodge
Refs: PRONI, W.H. Stephens & Sons papers, D1898/1/28; Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 94-96,130 (Pls. 155-157,159,160); Paul Larmour, 'A Worthy Victorian Architect' , Perspective: the Journal of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects 5 (May/Jun 1998), 74(illus.),75(illlus.)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, LARNE, LARNE & INVER NATIONAL SCHOOLS
Date: 1897;1908
Nature: Additions made in 1908
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 92,130.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, GREENCASTLE, PAROCHIAL HALL
Date: 1898
Nature: For Rev. H.S. Cooper
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 130.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DONEGALL PASS, CHURCH OF ST MARY MAGDALENE (CI)
Date: 1898-1900
Nature: New church on site of Ulster Magdalene Asylum and Episcopal Chapel (damaged by fire in Dec 1898). Scrabo stone. Builder: James Kidd. FS laid Oct 1899.
Refs: IB 41, 15 Oct 1899, 156; 42, 1 Feb 1900, 256; Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 69-70 (Pls. 96,97); Paul Larmour, 'A Worthy Victorian Architect' , Perspective: the Journal of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects 5 (May/Jun 1998), 75

Building: CO. ANTRIM, FINVOY, CHURCH (CI)
Date: 1898-9
Nature: Additions and alterations, including replacement of flat ceiling with open pitch-pine roof, new chancel, vestry and heating chamber, new cathedral glass in windows.   New chancel and Moore memorial window consecrated 7 Sep 1899.
Refs: Irish Times, 15 Sep 1899; IB 41, l Oct 1899, 141; Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 85,130; W.D. Girvan, Historic Buildings…in North Antrim (UAHS, 1972), 50.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CRAVEN STREET, ST MICHAEL'S CHURCH (CI)
Date: 1898-99
Nature: New church, for Rev. R. Usher Greer, MA. FS laid, 4 May 1899. 1899.  Opened 1899. Builder: James Kidd.
Refs: PRONI, W.H. Stephens & Sons papers, D1898/1/28; Building News 76. 10 Mar 1899, 338; IB 40, 15 Sep 1898, 142; 41, 1 Dec 1899, 199; 42, 1 Feb 1900, 256; Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 67,130 (Pls. 92,93);  Clergy of Connor (Ulster Historical Foundation, 1993), 109;  Paul Larmour, 'A Worthy Victorian Architect' , Perspective: the Journal of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects 5 (May/Jun 1998), 75; Claude Costegalde & Brian Walker, The Church of Ireland: an illustrated history (2013), 220(illus.).
 

Building: CO. ANTRIM, CARRICKFERGUS, ST NICHOLAS SCHOOLS & HALL
Date: 1898-9;1909
Nature: New schools. Addition to infant school made in 1909 by S.P. Close & Son. (Further adds. 1912/13?, see |79th Report of National Education Commissioners| (1912/13), 18)
Refs: IB 41, 1 Dec 1899, 199;Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 101,130,131 (Pl. 165).

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CHICHESTER STREET, PREMISES (C.H. BRETT)
Date: 1899
Nature: Offices at rear
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 130.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DUFFERIN ROAD, WAREHOUSE & STORES (RICHARDSON BROS)
Date: 1899
Nature: Now demolished.
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990),130.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, MALONE ROAD, ROSTELLAN
Date: 1899
Nature: Additions, for J.B. Cunningham
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 130.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ROSEMARY STREET, 1ST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Date: 1899
Nature: Boundary walls & gates. Now demolished.
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 130.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, MALONE ROAD, NO. 048 (FISHERWICK PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH)
Date: 1899-1901
Nature: New church and lecture hall 'in early Perpendicular style with a Scottish Baronial note' (Larmour). Apse, 5-bay nave, transepts. Cost: £16,000. Design selected in competition. Builder: R. Corry. Opened 28 Apr 1901
Refs: PRONI, W.H. Stephens & Sons papers, D1898/1/31; IB 41, 15 Oct 1899, 156; 43, 23 May 1901, 736; B 80, 18 May 1901, 494; A.J. Rowan & C.E.B. Brett, Queen's University (UAHS, revised edition 1975), 39,40(illus.); UAHS: Malone & Stranmillis, 116; Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 64 (no. 144, illus.); Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 79-82,130 (Pls. 136-140); Paul Larmour, 'A Worthy Victorian Architect' , Perspective: the Journal of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects 5 (May/Jun 1998), 73(illus.),75

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, LISBURN ROAD, CHURCH OF ST NICHOLAS (CI)
Date: 1899;1910-11
Nature: New church. Consecrated, 9 Feb 1901. Enlarged by S.P. Close & Son, 1910-11. Contractor for enlargement Robert Corry & Son.
Refs: John Frederick MacNeice, The Church of Ireland in Belfast (Belfast, 1931), IB 52, 30 Apr 1910, 282; 53, 15 Apr 1911, 245; IA & C 1, 8 Apr 1911, 150; Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 70 (Pls. 98,99); Paul Larmour, The Architectural Heritage of Malone & Stranmillis (UAHS, 1991), 77;  Paul Larmour, 'A Worthy Victorian Architect' , Perspective: the Journal of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects 5 (May/Jun 1998), 75;  Claude Costegalde & Brian Walker, The Church of Ireland: an illustrated history (2013), 220(illus.).


Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, PARKMOUNT ROAD, HOUSES
Date: 1900
Nature: Additions, for Wm. Kelly
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 130.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, SANDOWN ROAD, ST COLUMBA'S CHURCH SCHOOL (CI)
Date: 1900
Nature: Additions, for Rev. R. Waters. Now demolished.
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 130.

Building: CO. DOWN, BANGOR, PRINCETOWN ROAD, NO. 079 & 81 (BAYSWATER)
Date: 1900
Nature: Pair of 2-storey semi-villas.
Refs: Marcus Patton, Bangor: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1999),

Building: CO. ANTRIM, CARRICKFERGUS, HOUSE
Date: 1901
Nature: New house, for Rev. J. Lyon.
Refs: B 80, 20 Apr 1901, 400

Building: CO. DOWN, KILKEEL, CHRIST CHURCH (CI)
Date: 1902
Nature: Tenders invited for carrying out adds. (including chancel?)
Refs: IB 43, 24 Apr 1902, 1118; B 82, 12 Apr 1902, 380; Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 84,130; for dates cf. Fred Rankin, ed., Clergy of Down and Dromore (Ulster Historical Foundation, 1996), 203.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, HIGH STREET, NO. 055-57 (J. RIDDEL & SONS)
Date: 1902
Nature: New premises. Tenders invited Apr 1902.
Refs: IB 43, 24 Apr 1902, 1118; B 82, 19 Apr 1902, 408; Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1993), 187;  Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 101-102,130 (Pl. 167).

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, STRANMILLIS ROAD, SCHOOL
Date: 1902
Nature: For Davis Ross. Now demolished.
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 130.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, LARNE, COURT HOUSE
Date: 1902-03
Nature: New. For Antrim County Council. Contract given to D. McIlgorm, Larne (£1,445) May 1903. Surveyor: Samuel Robinson, Larne.
Refs: Drawings in PRONI; IB 44, 17 Jul 1902, 1318; B 84, 16 May 1903, 525; C.E.B. Brett, Courthouses and Market Houses of Ulster (UAHS: 1973), 33; Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 99-100.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, SUFFOLK ROAD, CHURCH OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST (CI, UPPER FALLS PARISH)
Date: 1903
Nature: New transept & organ, costing about £700.
Refs: B 84, 20 Jun 1903, 637

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, LOCKVIEW ROAD (STRANMILLIS), HOUSE
Date: 1903
Nature: For J. King & Co.
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 131.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, WILLOWHOLME STREET, HOUSES
Date: 1903
Nature: Terrace of 2-storey houses, for John Elliot
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 104,130 (Pls. 169,170).

Building: CO. ANTRIM, LARNE, METHODIST CHURCH SCHOOLS
Date: 1903
Nature: Tenders for erecting same invited, Dec 1903.
Refs: IB 45, 3 Dec 1903, 3022; Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 100-101,130 (Pl. 164).

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, LOCKVIEW ROAD (STRANMILLIS), F.KING & CO.
Date: 1903;1915
Nature: Factory on 2-acre site for F. King & Co, makers of Edward's Desiccated Soup. Builder: McLaughlin & Harvey. Adds. 1915
Refs: IB 45, 18 Jun 1903, 1816;Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 103,130.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, CRUMLIN ROAD, ST MARY'S SCHOOL
Date: 1904
Nature: Addition to W. of building by W.H. Lynn. FS laid 2 Jul 1904
Refs: IB 46, 16 Jul 1904, 442; Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 67 (no. 34)

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, GROSVENOR ROAD, ROYAL VICTORIA HOSPITAL
Date: 1904
Nature: Superintendent's house ( demolished).
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 104-5,131 (Pls. 172,173).

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, SILVIO STREET, ST MARY'S CHURCH SCHOOLS
Date: 1904
Nature: Additions to western end of school originally designed by W.H. Lynn
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 100 (Pls. 162,163).

Building: CO. MONAGHAN, SCOTSHOUSE, CHURCH OF ST ANDREW (CI, CURRIN PARISH)
Date: 1905
Nature: Restoration including new chancel and fittings
Refs: IB 47, 30 Dec 1905, 950;  Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 85,131.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, SILVIO STREET, HOUSE
Date: 1905
Nature: For St Mary's select vestry
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 131.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, LARNE, PAROCHIAL SCHOOL
Date: 1905-08
Nature: New parochial school.
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 101,131 (Pl. 165); 75th Report of Commissioners of National Education in Ireland (1908/9), 16

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BALLYMENA, BELFAST BANK
Date: 1907
Nature: Tenders invited for erection of new bank house
Refs: IB 49, 10 Aug 1907, 561; Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 102,131 (Pl. 168); Paul Larmour, 'A Worthy Victorian Architect' , Perspective: the Journal of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects 5 (May/Jun 1998), 75

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, BEERSBRIDGE ROAD, BELFAST FLAX & JUTE CO. FACTORY
Date: 1907
Nature: Addition of chimney, economiser building and lavatory tower
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 103,131.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, DUNCAIRN GARDENS, HOUSES
Date: 1907
Nature: For Belfast Flax & Jute Co. Demolished.
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 131.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ANTRIM ROAD, HOUSE
Date: 1908
Nature: For Herbert Ewart. (Demolished.)
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 131.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, FALLS ROAD, HOUSE
Date: 1908
Nature: For John Riddel
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990),105.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, CARRICKFERGUS, NATIONAL SCHOOL
Date: 1908ca
Nature: -
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 101.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, CARRICKFERGUS, BARN MILLS, SCHOOLS
Date: 1909
Nature: -
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 101,131.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, CARRICKFERGUS, HIGH STREET, BUILDING
Date: 1909
Nature: Tenders invited for erection of building on site of Union Hall. By S.P. Close & Son.
Refs: B 96, 13 Mar 1909, 321.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, DRUMTULLAGH, CHURCH (CI)
Date: 1909
Nature: New chancel & altar. By S.P. Close & Son.
Refs: IB 51, 29 May,24 Jul 1909, 342,470; Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 85,131.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, GREAT PATRICK STREET, MARINERS' CHURCH (CI)
Date: 1909?
Nature: S.P. Close & Son may have done work on same. Letter from them stamped 1909 in RCB asks clergyman to borrow original plans from Dublin 'as we are somewhat puzzled by the construction of portions of your church'.
Refs: RCB Library, portfolio 6

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, STOCKMAN'S LANE, HOUSE
Date: 1911
Nature: For Henry Musgrave. Now demolished.
Refs: Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 131.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, STRANMILLIS ROAD, RIDDEL HALL
Date: 1913-15
Nature: Lynn's design carried out by S.P. Close & Son, who designed gates and lodge
Refs: IB 58, 24 Jun 1916, 284; Paul Larmour, The Architectural Heritage of Malone & Stranmillis (UAHS, 1991), 165; Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 106,131 (Pl. 174).

Building: CO. DOWN, WARRENPOINT, BELFAST BANK
Date: 1914
Nature: New bank with octagonal corner atower with pyramidal roof. By S.P. Close & Son. Tenders invited Sep 1914. Contractor: John Graham?
Refs: Drawing(s) in Northern Bank archive, NB/290; IB 56, 12 Sep 1914, 544; B 107, 18 Sep 1914, 280; Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 106,131 (Pl. 176); Paul Larmour, 'A Worthy Victorian Architect' , Perspective: the Journal of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects 5 (May/Jun 1998), 75

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, STRANMILLIS ROAD, RIDDEL HALL
Date: 1915
Nature: Lynn's design for gate lodge carried out by S.P. Close & Son
Refs: IB 58, 24 Jun 1916, 284; Paul Larmour, The Architectural Heritage of Malone & Stranmillis (UAHS, 1991), 165; Angela E. McGuinness, 'Samuel Patrick Close: Architect' (unpublished master's thesis, Queen's University, Belfast, 1990), 106,131 (Pl. 174).

Author Title Date Details
Close, Samuel Patrick Holy Cross Abbey, Co. Tipperary: a series of measured drawings of the church 1868 Belfast: Marcus Ward & Co., 1868. (Copy in IAA)
Larmour, Paul 'A worthy Victorian architect' 1998 Perspective: the Journal of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects 5 (May/Jun 1998), 72-75.