Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

English architect, for biography of whom see Directory of British Architects 1834-1914 (RIBA 2001), II, 512. Dawber, who was born and educated in King's Lynn, Norfolk, served articles with a local architect, William Adams, and then came to Dublin to work in the office of THOMAS NEWENHAM DEANE. THOMAS NEWENHAM DEANE. (1) He returned to England in 1882.(2) On 31 March 1903, he gave a lecture to the AAI on 'The Stone Buildings of the Cotswolds'.(3)


(1) Jeremy Williams, A Companion Guide to Architecture in Ireland 1837-1921 (1994), 390, discerns his influence in Deane's design for the town hall at Bray, commissioned in 1882, but design is evidently derived from Ernest George & Harold Peto's design for a coffee tavern and hostelry at Newark-on-Trent exh. RA 1881 (cf. perspective view in Williams and RIBA Drawings Collection Catalogue G-K, Pl. 14). Dawber appears to have worked in George & Peto's office only after his return to England.
(2) According to F. O'Dwyer (verbal communication) Dawber had intended to stay in Ireland but decided to leave after the Phoenix Park murders.
(3) B 84, 11 Apr 1903, 390.