Principal city architect with Belfast Corporation. According to the 1911 census, James Gardner Gamble was born in Co. Derry in 1861 or 1862. He entered the service of Belfast Corporation circa 1898, eventually rising to the position of chief architect. He was clerk of works for the erection of the City Hall circa 1896-1906. His salary was increased by £50 per annum in 1936. He was still in the service of the Corporation in 1939, but had retired by 1942. Gamble, who also lectured on building construction at the Working Men's Institute and taught evening classes in the Technical School, died in his ninety-sixth year at Whitehead, Co. Antrim, in January 1956. He was married at least twice: in his 1911 census return he lists his wife Sarah Emily, and their five sons, including WILLIAM MACARTNEY GAMBLE , as well as two daughters from a previous marriage.
RIBA: elected fellow, 3 November 1930, proposed by ROBERT HANNA GIBSON , EDWIN RIDDELL KENNEDY and the Council.
RSUA: member by 1930; had ceased to be a member by 1942.
Addresses: 38 Hopefield Avenue, Clifton, Belfast, 1911; 153 University St, Belfast, 1930.
All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the brief obituary of Gamble in IB 98, 14 Jan 1956, 27.
This position appears to have been a subsidiary one within the City Surveyor's office, and as such is not included in the list of corporation officers which appears in Thom's Directory.
IB 78, 2 May 1936, 364.
Thom's Directory, 1939, 1942.
RIBAJ 37 (1929-30), 750; 38, 8 Nov 1930, 29-30.
IB 72, 6 Dec 1930, 1087.
See note 3, above.
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||CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, LIGONIEL ROAD, LIGONIEL BATHS
||'Wrenaissance' style. Slipper baths added, 1912. Contractor: Isaac Copeland. (Now Ligoniel Public Library).
Building News 102, 9 Aug 1912, 183; Paul Larmour, Belfast: an illustrated architectural guide (1987), 78 (no. 177, illus.)