Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Civil engineer, of Belfast.   Robert Edwin Forbes, son of R.B. FORBES FORBES , was born in Brentwood, Essex, in 1880.(1)    At the time of the 1911 census he was living in Carrickfergus with his wife, Helen Lanyon Forbes, to whom he had been married for less than a year.   He was appointed superintendent of the Belfast Housing Department in 1926(2) and remained in the post, later named Estates Superintendent, until at least 1942.   By 1947 he had been succeeded by N. Agnew.

Surveyors' Institution (Irish Branch): fellow by 1929.
Royal Sanitary Institute: member by 1929.
FAS: fellow by 1929.

Addresses: Work: City Hall, Belfast; Rea's Building, 142 Royal Avenue, Belfast, 1948.

Home: West Division, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim, 1911;  Thirlmere, Innisfayle Road, Belfast, <=1929->=1933; Old Cavehill Road, Belfast, 1947; Cloverhill, Fortwilliam Park, Belfast, 1950.



All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the list of members of the Surveyors' Insitution and of the officers of Belfast County Borough in Thom's Directories 1930-1950 (incomplete run).

(1) Census of England, 1881 (www.familysearch.org).
(2) IB 68, 10 Jul 1926, 537.

1 work entries listed in chronological order for FORBES, ROBERT EDWIN

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Date: 1928
Nature: Working-class housing scheme for Belfast Housing committee, consisting of 2-storey, 3-bedroomed houses.
Refs: IB 70, 4 Aug 1928, 672; 73, 17 Jan 1931, 51(illus.)