HORNER, GORDON STEWART
- Born: 1894 Died: 1959
Architect, of Dublin. Gordon Stewart Horner was born on 7 March 1894 and attended the national school attached to Holy Trinity Church, Killiney, He may be the Gordon Horner who at the time of the 1911 census was working as a commercial clerk and living at the Dublin Working Boys' Home at 6 Lord Edward Street. He was employed byr the Rugby Football Association, Ballsbridge,(1) at the outbreak of the First World War. He enlisted immediately, joining the 7th Battalion of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers on 14 September 1914. After spending some time at the Curragh, Basingstoke and Devonport, he fought with his battalion at Gallipoli and was later recommended for his commission in the Liverpool Regiment.(2) After the war he returned to Dublin and decided to become an architect. Having served in the war, he was awarded a grant by the British Government(3) and entered the office of DONNELLY MOORE KEEFE & amp; ROBINSON on 24 November 1919. After completing his apprenticeship, he remained in the office as a junior assistant,(4) until, on 11 June 1923, he entered the service of the Great Southern Railway Company as a draughtsman in the permanent way department. Later, on 1 August 1932, he was appointed architectural assistant. He retired on 28 February 1945 after the company had been dissolved and its undertakings transferred to the new Coras Iompair Eireann.(5) After his retirement he ran a private practice. He died on 17 December 1959, aged sixty-eight. His wife, whom he had married circa 1923,(6) had predeceased him in 1944.(7) He had a son, George, who worked as a pathologist in St John's, Newfoundland, and two daughters, Joan and Barbara. He was a keen yachtsman and an enthusiastic member of the Seapoint Boat Club, the Dublin Bay Sailing Club and the National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire.
AAI:(7) elected member, 1921; hon. secretary, 1922-24; committee member, 1924-1926; ceased membership, 1930.
RIAI: elected student, 1923;(8) elected member 8 June 1925, proposed by JOHN CADWALLADER DEWHURST , seconded by JOHN JOSEPH ROBINSON and RICHARD CYRIL KEEFE. (9)
RIBA: elected licentiate, 19 July 1956, proposed by VINCENT KELLY and the president and hon. secretary of the RIAI.(10)
Addresses: Work: Great Southern Railway Co. Offices, Westland Row, 1923-1945; 6 Lombard Street East, 1956.(11)
Home:(12) 10 Trafalgar Terrace, Monkstown, 1922-1927; 45 Belgrave Square, Monkstown, 1928-1932; Newtownpark Avenue, Blackrock, 1932-1939; Compton, Dalkey Ave, Dalkey, 1940 until death.
See WORKS (for buildings up to 1945 only).
All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for comes from a letter from Horner's elder daughter, Joan Horner, to Alfred Jones, 11 Sep 1968, and from the obituary of Horner in RIAI Year Book (1960), 9. In compiling his own entry on Horner, Jones incorporates other information for which he does not give a source.
(1) Jones, source not given.
(2) Jones, source not given.
(3) Jones, source not given.
(4) Jones, source not given.
(5) Information about Horner's career with the GSR is from letter from L. Collins, Coras Iompair Eireann, to Alfred Jones, 25 March 1968.
(6) Jones, source not given.
(7) RIAI annual general meeting minutes, 19 Dec 1944, 12.
(8) From AAI lists of officers and members.
(9) JRIAI (1924), 15.
(10) Jones, citing RIAI minutes(?); see also JRIAI (1926), 5.
(11) RIBAJ 63 (1956), 310,399.
(12) See note 10, above.
(13) Jones file H136 (information from RIAI membership lists and other unnamed sources).
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|Building:||CO. WICKLOW, BRAY, RAILWAY STATION|
|Nature:||Buffet. For Dublin & South Eastern Railway|
|Refs:||IB 77, 16 Nov 1935, 1031(illus.)|