Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

City surveyor of Cork and Belfast. Henry Albert Cutler, the second son of James H. Cutler, wine merchant's clerk, of Victoria Street, South Hackney,(1) was born in South Hackney on 22 January 1861 and educated privately and at King's College, London. He spent the first two decades of his professional career in England, starting work in 1877 with a firm of contractors engaged on the Cinderford waterworks and the Chiswick sewage outfall. From 1879 until 1882 he was articled to A.T. Walmisley, engineer to the Dover Harbour Board, then spent four years as assistant to W.H. Fox, borough engineer of Barrow-on-Furness, before returning to Walmisley's office as chief assistant for a further two years. After a brief period on the staff of Joseph Gordon, borough engineer of Leicester, he was appointed borough engineer of Rawtenstall, where he remained for seven years and where he designed and built several public buildings. In 1896, he came first in a competitive examination for the city surveyorship of Cork, left vacant by the resignation of MICHAEL JOSEPH MCMULLEN MICHAEL JOSEPH MCMULLEN .   Cutler was honorary architect to the Cork International Exhibition of 1902 and designed all the exhibition buildings except the Canadian Pavilion, which was designed by ARTHUR HILL. ARTHUR HILL. (2) After a period of illness during the winter of 1902-3,(3) in September 1903 he was elected City Engineer of Belfast,(4) a post which he held until his retirement in 1926.

Cutler is described as popular and efficient in the execution of his duties. He was assessor in the Mullingar sewerage competition of 1908(5) and, with HENRY SEAVER HENRY SEAVER , in the Belfast Corporation Health Committee's working class housing competition of 1913.(6) He died, aged ninety-one, on 6 March 1952 at Groomsport, Co. Down.   According to the 1911 census, he had married to English wife, Frances Mabel, circa 1904 and had a son and a daughter.  His pupils and assistants included JAMES BELL [3] JAMES BELL [3] , JOHN CAFFREY JOHN CAFFREY , ROBERT EDMUND LEAR CLARKE  ROBERT EDMUND LEAR CLARKE and JOHN JOSEPH MURPHY.  JOHN JOSEPH MURPHY.

Inst.CE: won Millar prize for student paper on the stability of voussoir arches, 1886; associate member 7 December 1886; member 11 April 1905; council member 1925-7.

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References

All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the biography of Cutler in IB 45, 24 Sep 1903, 2008, and from the obituary in Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Part I, Vol. 1 (Jul 1952), 504.

(1) Census of England, 1861.
(2) IB 43, 8 May 1902, 1229.
(3) IB 45, 12 Feb 1903, 1588.
(4) IB 45, 10 Sep 1903, 1960; at the meeting in which Cutler was elected 'Councillor R. Thompson said the Lord Mayor of Cork was so highly satisfied with Mr Cutler's work in that city that he…was prepared if necessary, to come all the way to Belfast to give him a personal recommendation'.
(5) IB 50, 8 Feb 1908, 69.
(6) Building News 104, 7 Feb 1913, 216.


23 work entries listed in chronological order for CUTLER, HENRY ALBERT


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Building: CO. CORK, CORK, HARPUR'S LANE MARKET, HOUSES (011)
Date: 1900
Nature: 11 3-storey labourers' houses to be built.
Refs: Architect 63, 15 Jun 1900, Suppl. p.8

Building: CO. CORK, CORK, SWIMMING BATHS & BUILDINGS
Date: 1900
Nature: -
Refs: IB 42, 15 Mar,15 Dec 1900, 315,574

Building: CO. CORK, YOUGHAL, AUXILIARY LUNATIC ASYLUM
Date: 1901
Nature: Conversion of Industrial School into auxiliary asylum. With S.A. Kirkby
Refs: IB 43, 4 Jul 1901, 784; 53rd Report on district, criminal and private lunatic asylums (1905), 582.

Building: CO. CORK, CORK, FITZGERALD PARK, INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION (1902)
Date: 1901-1902
Nature: All buildings designed by Cutler except Canadian Pavilion by Arthur Hill
Refs: IB 42, 10 Oct 1901, 898; 43, 8 May 1902, 1229

Building: CO. CORK, CORK, MONTENOTTE, STORAGE TANK
Date: 1903
Nature: Wrought-iron, 40 feet in diameter
Refs: IB 45, 10 Sep 1903, 1978

Building: CO. CORK, CORK, ANGLESEA STREET, CARNEGIE LIBRARY
Date: 1903-1905
Nature: FS laid by Mr Carnegie on 21 Oct 1903. £10,000. Contractor: Patrick Murphy.
Refs: IB 45, 23 Apr,7 May,5 Nov 1903, 1710,1750,2074; 47, 23 Sep 1905, 659; Brendan Grimes, Irish Carnegie Libraries: a catalogue and architectural history (1998), 120-123

Building: CO. ANTRIM, LISBURN, SEWERAGE SCHEME
Date: 1904
Nature: Assisted by Mr Munce
Refs: IB 46, 24 Sep 1904, 640

Building: CO. CORK, MACROOM, SEWAGE SCHEME
Date: 1905
Nature: -
Refs: IB 47, 11 Mar 1905, 153

Building: CO. CORK, BUTTEVANT, WATER SUPPLY
Date: 1905-1907
Nature: For Mallow RDC. Contractor: W. Baird, Dublin, under supervision of W.H. Hill, jr.
Refs: IB 47, 3 Jun,21 Oct 1905, 370,729; 48, 28 Jul 1906, 614; 49, 1 Jun 1907, 390

Building: CO. CORK, MALLOW, WATERWORKS
Date: 1907
Nature: Executed under superintendence of W.H. Hill.
Refs: IB 49, 1 Jun 1907, ?

Building: CO. CORK, MALLOW, SEWAGE SYSTEM
Date: 1908-1909
Nature: Proposed sewerage scheme; estimated cost about £2,000.£7,000.
Refs: IB 50, 22 Aug 1908, 510; 51, 29 May 1909, 342

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, MCAULEY STREET, ABATTOIR
Date: 1909-1913
Nature: Main entrance formally opened Sep 1913. Builders: H. & J. Martin
Refs: IB 51, 21 Aug,4 Sep 1909, 533,573; 52, 19 Feb 1910, 118; 53, 8 Jul 1911, 470;55, 27 Sep,11 Oct 1913, 610(illus.),646(illus.); B 112, 5 Jan 1917, ?.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, SEWAGE WORKS
Date: 1910
Nature: Contractor: J.& W. Stewart
Refs: IB 52, 1 Oct 1910, 623

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, RESERVOIR
Date: 1911
Nature: 5 million gallons. Contractor: J & W. Stewart
Refs: IB 53, 27 May 1911, 366; Building News 100, 9 Jun 1911, 803.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, WEST TWIN ISLAND (NEAR), INTERCEPTING HOSPITAL
Date: 1911
Nature: Re-erected on new jetty.
Refs: IA & C 1, 15 Apr 1911, 158

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, MCAULEY STREET, ABATTOIR
Date: 1913-1916
Nature: New abattoir, costing £52,000. With J.G. Gamble.
Refs: B 112, 5 Jan 1917, 11,23(illus.); Marcus Patton, Central Belfast: an historical gazetteer (UAHS, 1993), 222

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ?, HOUSING (PROPOSED)
Date: 1914
Nature: 2 or 3 roomed self-contained houses
Refs: Building News 106, 2 Jan 1914, 42

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, STRANMILLIS GARDENS, HOUSING
Date: 1923
Nature: 2-storey concrete block terrace houses, for Belfast Corporation.
Refs: Paul Larmour, The Architectural Heritage of Malone & Stranmillis (UAHS, 1991), 160-1

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, STRANMILLIS PARK, HOUSES
Date: 1923
Nature: Terrace houses designed for Belfast Corpn. under direction of Henry Cutler
Refs: Paul Larmour, The Architectural Heritage of Malone & Stranmillis (UAHS, 1991), 161

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, NORTHBROOK GARDENS, HOUSES
Date: 1924
Nature: Terrace houses designed for Belfast Corpn. under direction of HC
Refs: UAHS: Malone & Stranmillis, 145

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, NORTHBROOK GARDENS, HOUSES
Date: 1924
Nature: Red-brick terraces, built under direction of HC for Belfast Corporation.
Refs: Paul Larmour, The Architectural Heritage of Malone & Stranmillis (UAHS, 1991), 145

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, TATE'S AVENUE, HOUSES
Date: 1924
Nature: Terraces of 'kitchen' houses, for Belfast Corporation.
Refs: IB 73, 5 Dec 1931, 1063

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, NEWTOWNARDS ROAD, SHOP & STORES
Date: 1927
Nature: For Maypole Dairy Co. 'to City Architect's plans'.(Was this HAC who retired in 1926 or R.B. Donald who became City Surveyor in 1928?). Plans approved by City Surveyor.
Refs: IB 69, 16 Apr 1927, 278