Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Dublin, Belfast, Durban and Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Philip Dudgeon, a son of Samuel Dudgeon of St Doulough's, Dublin, was born in Dublin in 1852. He was articled to LANYON LYNN & LANYON  LANYON LYNN & LANYON of Belfast and Dublin from 1867 until 1872 and, after the dissolution of the partnership, was manager and chief assistant to WILLIAM HENRY LYNN  WILLIAM HENRY LYNN from 1872 to 1875. He travelled for a year before emigrating to Natal, where he landed in January 1877. With the reputation of being the best-trained architect to arrive Natal, he acquired some important clients, including the Natal Government. His works in Natal include the Standard Bank, Pietermaritzburg (1878-83), the town hall at Durban (1882-85) and Maritzburg College (1885-88).

Dudgeon left South Africa for England, possibly for reasons of health, some time after July 1887 and settled in Bath. He married Ada Gunning in 1889 and died in Bath 'from alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver, ascites and internal haemorrhage' on 13 January 1891.

RIBA: elected fellow, 9 June 1884, having been proposed by Charles Barry, ALFRED WATERHOUSE  ALFRED WATERHOUSE and ARTHUR WILLIAM BLOMFIELD. ARTHUR WILLIAM BLOMFIELD.


All information in this entry is from Allgemeines K√ľnstler Lexicon 30 (2001), 343, and Directory of British Architects 1834-1914 (RIBA 2001), I, 65, and www.sahra.org.za, the website of the South African Heritage Resource Agency.