Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Dublin, and Athlone, Co. Westmeath.   Vivian Haghe, later Ashton-Haghe, also referred to as Vivian Ashton, was born, according to his 1911 census return, in  West Australia in 1875 or 1876.  He appears to have served his architectural apprenticeship between 1892 and 1896, spending one year with CHARLES HARRISON TOWNSEND CHARLES HARRISON TOWNSEND , of Great George's Street, Westminster, and a further three years with ROBERT JOHN STIRLING  ROBERT JOHN STIRLING in Dublin.(1)  He then seems to have been briefly in practice with FREDERICK WILLIAM HIGGINBOTHAM  FREDERICK WILLIAM HIGGINBOTHAM in Dublin.  By the time of the 1911 census, he had assumed the additional name of Ashton and was working in Athlone as an inspector with Office of Public Works  He remained with the Office of Public Works in  Athlone until at least 1941, later holding the rank of assistant architect.  At the time of the 1911 census he had been married for six years to his Dublin-born wife, Violet Mary, and had two sons.  His third son Henry Gerald Ashton (b. 1912),  who became an architect with the Northern Ireland Housing Trust, was his pupil from 1931 to 1934.

RIAI: elected member, November 1896;  not on membership list after 1904.(2) but reappears in 1925.
AAI: elected member, 1896;  awarded Baird Prize in session of 1902-3;(3)  awarded the Vice-President's Prize(4) and second prize in class of design in session of 1903-4;(5)  hon. secretary of class of design, 1904-5;(6)  no longer a member by 1906.RIAI: elected member 1896 (but does not appear on membership lists until 1925 or 1926).

Addresses: Work:  69 Sackville Street Upper, 1898.
Home:  101 Marlborough Road, Dublin, <=1897->=1905;  3 Newtown Terrace, Athlone, Co. Westmeath 1911; Cooleveen, Athlone, 1931.


All information in this entry is from the 1911 census of Ireland, http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/ (last visited Nov 2009) and from Henry Gerald Ashton's application for registration as a probationer of the RIAI, 1931, in IAA, Acc. 93/136, Box 59, and from RIAI membership lists.

(1) IAA, RIAI office archives (Acc. 93/136), membership forms 1878-1909 (extremely fragile).
(2) RIAI council meeting minutes, 16 Nov 1896, 337; RIAI lists of members.
(3) IB 46, 18 Jun 1904, 392, and AAI Green Book (1905), 31,42; the prizewinning model was presumably the one for a golf club house of which a photograph was published in IB 47, 11 Feb 1905, supplement, although the terms of the competition as set out in AAI Green Book (1904), 65, specify a model of a four-bedroomed riverside bungalow.
(4) AAI Green Book (1904), 41.
(5) AAI Green Book (1905), 31,42;  he came second again in the following session but was not eligible for an award as he had already been a prizewinner (AAI Green Book (1906), 34).