Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Dublin. Cecil Higginbotham, who was born in Dalkey in 1906 or 1907, was a son of JOHN JOSEPH HIGGINBOTHAM. JOHN JOSEPH HIGGINBOTHAM. (1) Educated at the Presentation College, Glasthule, he began his architectural training in the firm of O'CALLAGHAN & CALLAGHAN & amp; WEBB. In the early 1930s he became a draughtsman on the the team appointed on a temporary basis by Dublin Corporation Housing Department to deal with the housing crisis in Dublin,(2) and in 1936 he became assistant architect to Dun Laoghaire Borough Council. In 1946 he was appointed senior building surveyor to Dublin Corporation, rising in 1948 to the position of senior building surveyor and surveyor for places of public resort. He held this post, which had also been held by his father, until his death circa 1970.(3)

Higginbotham was a keen sportsman, who played rugby and golf and was a lifelong member of the Sandycove Swimming Club.

RIAI:(4) elected probationer, 1927; student, 1928; member, 1940.

Address: Home: St Mary's, Cunningham Road, Dalkey, Co. Dublin, <=1927->=1960.(5)


All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the obituary of Higginbotham in RIAI Year Book (1971), 38.

(1) This is inferred from the fact that from his student days he lived in the same house as Joseph Higginbotham;  at the time of 1911 census he was staying with an aunt and uncle and was four years old. 
(2) IB 75, 26 Aug 1933, 714.
(3) RIAI Year Book (1971), 29.
(4) From RIAI lists of members.
(5) From RIAI lists of members and Thom's directories.