Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Dublin city architect, 1879-1893. According to the 1901 census, Daniel Freeman was born in Dublin city; however his age as given in the census - forty-four - is clearly incorrect. He appears to have been articled to, or to have been an assistant of, THOMAS DREW THOMAS DREW . His address in 1867, when Drew proposed that he should be admitted a student of the RIAI, is given as 60 Sackville Street Upper, where Drew then had his office.(1) He appears to have been in independent practice by October 1870, when three works by him are mentioned in the Irish Builder.(2) In June 1879 he was elected to the post of city architect left vacant by JOHN STERLING BUTLER. JOHN STERLING BUTLER. (3) Whereas Butler's payments had come from fees, Freeman was given a salary of £500 per annum.(4) He was reappointed for a further year in June 1881(5) and re-elected again in 1882.(6) In 1893 he was succeeded by CHARLES JAMES MCCARTHY  CHARLES JAMES MCCARTHY although he had probably not by then reached the age of fifty. After he had left the service of the Corporation, he continued to have an office at 5 Merrion Street Lower.

Freeman died 'very suddenly' on 15 January 1902.  He was unmarried and lived as a boarder at various addresses.  The account given by the Irish Builder of his death in lodgings in Adelaide Road suggests that his life may at the end have been a lonely one. 'He had not been noticed to leave his room for some time, but at first little notice was taken of this as failing health had lately induced a desire for solitude, but upon fears being entertained, the door was burst open, and unhappily Mr Freeman was found to have been dead for some time.'(7)

Freeman's pupils and assistants included JOHN GABRIEL O'SULLIVAN. JOHN GABRIEL O'SULLIVAN.

AAI: committee member 1872-1875;(8) treasurer, 1873-1874.(9)
RIAI: admitted student, 16 Jan 1868, having been proposed by Thomas Drew and seconded by f.V. CLARENDON  CLARENDON and CHARLES GEOGHEGAN CHARLES GEOGHEGAN ;(10) recommended for membership, 26 May 1879;(11) elected member, 4 Jun 1883, proposed by J. MCCURDY & MCCURDY & amp; J.R. CARROLL CARROLL ;(12) elected fellow, 12 Dec 1885;(13) resigned, 1892.(14)

Addresses:(15) 60 Sackville Street Upper, 1867;(16) 34 Dawson Street, 1877(17)-1885; 5 Merrion Street Lower, 1895-1900.
Home: 22 Castlewood Avenue, Rathmines 1871-1893; Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, 1895-96;2 Hatch Street, 1901;   Adelaide Road at time of death.(18)

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References



(1) RIAI council meeting minutes, 8 Nov 1867, 94.
(2) IB 12, 1 Oct 1870, 228. Might he be the architect named Freeman who is mentioned in Clonliffe College Archives MS p 1/2 as the architect, with G.C. Ashlin, of the Christian Brothers School in North King Street, 1868-70, and as the possible architect of Ballymount, Co. Dublin, RC Church, 1876-78?
(3) IB 21, 15 Jun 1879, 189; B 37, 21 Jun 1879, 682.
(4) B 22, 26 Jul 1879, 50.
(5) IB 23, 15 Jun 1881, 192.
(6) IB 24, 15 Jun 1882, 184.
(7)   Irish Times,  17 Jan 1902;  IB 44, 30 Jan 1902, 1015. 4,
(8) IB 14, 15 May 1872, 149; Thom's directories.
(9) Thom's directories.
(10) RIAI council meeting minutes, 20 Nov 1867, 94; general meeting minutes, 21 Nov 1867, 213; 19 Dec 1867, 217; 16 Jan 1868, 218.
(11) RIAI council meeting minutes, 26 May 1879, 216.
(12) RIAI council meeting minutes, 4 Jun 1883, 228.
(13) RIAI council meeting minutes, 9 Nov 1885, 245; general meeting minutes, 12 Dec 1885, 281.
(14) Jones citing RIAI ?council meeting minutes, 304.
(15) from Thom's & Post Office directories unless otherwise stated.
(16) RIAI council meeting minutes, 8 Nov 1867, 94.
(17) Irish Times, 7 Nov 1877.
(18) See note 7, above.


27 work entries listed in chronological order for FREEMAN, DANIEL J.


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Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, BOLTON STREET, NO. 004-6 (EUROPEAN HOTEL)
Date: 1870
Nature: New billiard room, alts. & improvements.
Refs: IB 12, 1 Oct 1870, 228

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, SUFFOLK STREET, NO. 015 (QUINN)
Date: 1870
Nature: New 'gin palace' for Mssrs Quinn. Builder: Pat Monks. Unsightly and dangerous existing house taken down and new front erected. Counter top of red marble from quarries of Mssrs Sibthorpe at Midleton, Co. Cork.
Refs: Irish Times, 12 Sep 1870;  IB 12, 1 Oct 1870, 228.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, MALAHIDE, ST HELEN'S
Date: 1870
Nature: New farm buildings & stables, for Thomas Gaffney. Builder: Connolly & Son
Refs: IB 12, 1 Oct 1870, 228

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CLONTARF, DANESFIELD
Date: 1876
Nature: Works at same, for James Barrett. Builder: Arthurs.
Refs: IAA, PKS B07/36

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, FAIRVIEW, HOUSES (002)
Date: 1878
Nature: 2 houses, costing £1,200.
Refs: IAA, PKS B06a/60, A06 ( Jun 1878)

Building: CO. TIPPERARY, CLONULTY, CHURCH (RC?)
Date: 1879
Nature: New. Completed 1879. Builder: william Connolly & sons
Refs: B 37, 6 Sep 1879, 1007

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, GREEN STREET, COURT HOUSE
Date: 1879
Nature: DJF, as City Architect, submits pla for remodelling same at estimated cost of £t000 to Dublin Corporation General Purposes Committee, which directed him 'to submit a plan and estimate for the erection of a suitable building on the present site'.
Refs: Irish Times, 19 Dec 1879.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, DAWSON STREET, MANSION HOUSE (INCLUDING ROUND ROOM)
Date: 1880
Nature: Additions including supper and cloak room.
Refs: IAA, PKS A06 (Jan 1880);  Irish Times, 23 Dec 1879.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, PORTOBELLO HARBOUR, BATHS
Date: 1880
Nature: DJF prepares plans for proposed baths and washhouses. Estimated cost: £6,000.
Refs: Irish Times, 20 Dec 1880, 3.


Building: CO. DUBLIN, BALDOYLE, HOUSES (012)
Date: 1881
Nature: Tenders invited for erecting 12 cottages on estate of Finance and Leases Committee of Dublin Corporation. Tender of Connolly & Son (£1275) accepted.
Refs: Irish Times, 26 Jan 1881, 8, 8 Mar 1881, 3.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, WINETAVERN STREET, WHITEHORSE YARD, STABLES
Date: 1881
Nature: Stables for 24 horses, for Dublin Corporation. Tenders invited, Nov 1881.
Refs: Irish Times, 26 Nov 1881, 7.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, PRUSSIA STREET, CATTLE MARKET
Date: 1883
Nature: Tenders invited for construction of lavatory, Jun 1883.
Refs: Irish Times, 27 Jun 1883.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CAPEL STREET, NO. 106 (PUBLIC LIBRARY)
Date: 1883-84;1887
Nature: DJF submits plans for 'structural alterations at premises proposed to be acquired' in Capel Stree, Mar 1883. Library opened, 1 Oct 1884. Contractor: P. Monks. Addition of top-lit reading room at rear of building, 1887. Tenders invited for erecting latter, 1 Aug 1887. ('A preference will be given to contractors undertaking to use Irish materials wherever practicable,')  Reading room opened, 23 Apr 1889.
Refs: Irish Times, 17 Mar 1884, 15 Jul,1 Aug 1887, 19 May 1888, 19,25 Apr 1889;  IB 29, 15 Jul 1887, 210;  Christine Casey, The Buildings of Ireland: Dublin (2005), 106.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CLARENDON ROW, FIRE STATION
Date: 1883-86
Nature: Tenders invited for erection of new fire station to supersede old station in Coppinger's Row., Aug 1883. Work commenced, Mar 1884. Contractor: Connolly, Dominick Street. Clerk of Works: Patrick Hickey. Tenders sought for painting, papering and graining, May 1886.
Refs: Irish Times, 4 Aug 1883,13 May,8,30 Nov 1886.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, THOMAS STREET, NO. 022 (PUBLIC LIBRARY)
Date: 1884
Nature: Building coverted into public library opened by Lord Mayor (though not quite finished), 1 Oct 1884. Contractor: P. Monks.
Refs: Irish Times, 4 Oct 1884.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, TARA STREET (& POOLBEG STREET), PUBLIC BATHS
Date: 1884-1886
Nature: New baths.  Tenders invited for erection and fitting up of same, Nov 1883.  FS laid 17 Apr 1884. Contractors:(1) A. Hammond.(2) William Conolly & Son. Clerk of Works (in 1884):  John Hickey. Iron roof of wash house by McGarvey, Townsend St.  Tenders invited for installing 18 reclining baths, Feb 1886.Formally opened by Lord Mayor, 27 Jul 1886.
Refs: Irish Times, 7,12,15 Nov 1883,16 Apr,23 Sep 1884, 6 Feb,28 Jul 1886;  IB 24, 25 Sep 1882, 275; 26, 1 May 1884, 128; 28, 15 Jul 1886, 207B 47, 13 Sep 1884, 372.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, BARRACK STREET (& TIGHE STREET), HOUSING
Date: 1885
Nature: DJF prepares designs for 3 blocks of buildings, one consisting of lodging houses and other two of tenements. Estimated cost: £1800.
Refs: Irish Times, 31 Jul 1885.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, BARRACK STREET, HOUSING
Date: 1885-88
Nature: Extensive block, just completed. Builders: R. Worthington (Block A) and Mssrs. Hammond (Block C). (Or ?Bolton)
Refs: IAA, PKS B14/14, A07 (Apr 1888); IB 27, 15 Oct 1885, ?; 30, 1 May 1888, 127;  Christine Casey, The Buildings of Ireland: Dublin (2005), 271.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, DAWSON STREET, MANSION HOUSE (INCLUDING ROUND ROOM)
Date: 1886
Nature: Iron porch, by 'Mssrs. McGloughlin' to designs of DJF.
Refs: IB 28, 1 Apr 1886, 106

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, BOW BRIDGE, HOUSES (085)
Date: 1886
Nature: DJF designs scheme for 85 labourers' cottages. Estimated cost: £9000.
Refs: Irish Times, 4 Feb 1886.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, BALDOYLE, HOUSES (009)
Date: 1886
Nature: Tenders invited for erection of 9 labourers' cottages for Dublin Corporation, May 1886. 
Refs: Irith Times, 6 May 1886.

Building: CO. DIBLIN, DUBLIN, BOW LANE WEST, HOUSES
Date: 1886
Nature: Tenders invited from building surveyors for taking out quantities for proposed labourers' cottages, Jul 1886. For Dublin Corporation's Artisans' Dwellings Committee.
Refs: Irish Times, 2 Jul,2 Nov 1886.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, BULL LANE, HOUSES
Date: 1886
Nature: DJF insttructed to prepare plans for labourers' dwellings, Aug 1886. For Dublin Corporation Public Health Committee.
Refs: Irish Times, 18 Aug 1886.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CORK HILL, MUNICIPAL BUILDINGS
Date: 1886;1889
Nature: Tenders invited for refacing facade to Lord Edward St 'and other incidental work', OctT 1886. Tenders invited for fitting up lavatories, Jan 1889.
Refs: Irish Times, 15 Oct 1886,24 Jan 1889.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, HANOVER QUAY, CLEANSING DEPOT
Date: 1891
Nature: Tenders invited for erecting stables and other buildings at Hanover Quay and Marrowbone Lane cleansing depots for Dublin Corporation Cleansing Committee.
Refs: Irish Times, 16 Apr 1891.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, MARROWBONE LANE, CLEANSING DEPOT
Date: 1891
Nature: Tenders invited for erecting stables and other buildings at Hanover Quay and Marrowbone Lane cleansing depots for Dublin Corporation Cleansing Committee.
Refs: Irish Times, 16 Apr 1891.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, DAWSON STREET, MANSION HOUSE (INCLUDING ROUND ROOM)
Date: 1896
Nature: Wrought and cast-iron porch. Executed by J. & C. McGloughlin.
Refs: IB 38, 1 Mar 1896, 53