Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect with the Office of Public Works. Francis Charles Martin, a son of THOMAS MARTIN  THOMAS MARTIN and perhaps a younger brother of JAMES PARNELL MARTIN JAMES PARNELL MARTIN , was born in London in 1899 and studied architecture for five years at the Regent Street Polytechnic. From about 1914 until about 1924 he assisted in his father's offices in London and Dublin. He then joined the architect's staff of Dublin Corporation, but resigned the post in 1926 in order to take over the Dublin office of his father, who had died.(1) He did not remain long in private practice, however, but in 1927 joined the architectural staff of the Office of Public Works. He was district architect in Raphoe, Co. Donegal, for about two years and in Galway for about five.(2) In Galway he was closely associated with THOMAS JOSEPH BYRNE  THOMAS JOSEPH BYRNE in the design and construction of the Salthill Preparatory College. He returned to Dublin in 1938 to become Deputy School's Architect, helping to implement a new programme for the design and construction of National Schools. He died after a short illness in 1949 at the age of fifty. In his spare time he was a keen fisherman and golfer.

RIAI: elected student, 1924;(3) elected member, 1927;(4) membership lapsed, 1934; reinstated as member, 1943.(5)
RIBA: registered probationer, 1925.(6)

Addresses: Work: 23 Kildare Street, <=1924->=1927;(7)  District Office of Public Works, Raphoe, 1930-32; District Office of Public Works, Galway, 1933-38; Office of Public Works, Dublin, 1938 until death.
Home: 2 Hume Street, 1928-1929.



All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the obituary of Martin in RIAI Year Book (1950), 41, from the proposal by Thomas Martin and J. Parnell Martin, dated 3 Nov 1924, that he should be admitted a student of the RIAI (transcript by Jones from RIAI archives), and from RIAI lists of members..

(1) IB 68, 7 Aug 1926, 61.
(2) According to the RIAI obituary, he was in Raphoe for two years and Galway for nine, but his addresses in the RIAI lists of members indicate that he was in Galway for only five years.
(3) Irish Times, 18 Dec 1924; JRIAI (1925), 6.
(4) JRIAI (1928), 5.
(5) JRIAI (1944), 10.
(6) RIBAJ 32 (1925), 621.
(7) Irish Times, 31 Mar 1927.

2 work entries listed in chronological order for MARTIN, FRANCIS CHARLES

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Date: 1927
Nature: Lock-up shops to be built on E side of Rathmines Road, 1927.
Refs: Irish Times, 31 Mar 1927.

Date: 1935ca
Nature: Designed by T.J. Byrne with collaboration of FCM..
Refs: Obituary of F.C. Martin in RIAI Year Book (1950), 41