Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

English architect, of Manchester, for whom see Directory of British Architects 1834-1914 (RIBA 2001), I, 689. Richard Knill Freeman won the first competition for the Museum of Science and Art, Dublin, 1882, with a design for 'a building quadrangular in form, with Mansard roofs' which made 'provision for an annexe behind the present lecture theatre, for the collection of the Royal Irish Academy'.(1) Because of the controversy surrounding the fact that no Irish architect had been shortlisted, a second competition was held the following year, which was won by THOMAS NEWENHAM DEANE & SON THOMAS NEWENHAM DEANE & SON . Freeman received £500 in compensation.(2) Five years later, in 1887, he collaborated with THOMAS DREW  THOMAS DREW on a competition entry for the Admiralty and War Office in London.(3)



(1) IB 24, 15 Nov 1882, 326.
(2) Rena Lohan, Guide to the archives of the Office of Public Works, (OPW, 1994), 43-45; letter(s) to RIBA from Hon. sec. of Manchester Society olf Architects, 1883, re apparent injusice done to Krill in in British Architectural Library manuscripts collection, RIBA/LC (Card index).
(3) IB 29, 1 May 1887, 118.

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Date: 1881-82
Nature: Winner of first competition.
Refs: IAA, PKS B11/028; Rena Lohan, Guide to the archives of the Office of Public Works, (OPW, 1994), 43-45.