Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Dublin. Felix Bernard Meehan, who was born on 18 June 1909, was an assistant in the office of BARTOLOMEW O'FLYNN  BARTOLOMEW O'FLYNN of Cork and subsequently in the office of MCDONNELL MCDONNELL , DIXON & DOWNES  DIXON & DOWNES in Dublin. When JOSEPH DOWNES  JOSEPH DOWNES left the latter practice in 1935 to set up his own practice at 53 Fitzwilliam Square, Meehan went with him. Downes took Meehan into partnership in 1944, practising as DOWNES & MEEHAN DOWNES & MEEHAN . In 1949 HARRY STANLEY ROBSON  HARRY STANLEY ROBSON joined the partnership, which became Downes, Meehan & Robson. The firm remained at 53 Fitzwilliam Square until 1955, when it moved to 37 Leeson Park. Meehan died on 8 September 1979 in St Vincent's Hospital. He was survived by his wife. His obituarist in the RIAI Year Book describes him as a very quiet person, whose relaxations were reading, gardening and fishing.

RIAI: registered probationer, 1928;(1) awarded Institute prize, 1930;(2) elected student, 1931;(3) elected member, 1935; elected president, 1944;(4) elected fellow, 1949.(5)
Royal Town Planning Institute: associate member by 1964; member by 1977; fellow by 1978.

Addresses: Work: 20 Ely Place, <=1928-1935; 53 Fitzwilliam Square, 1935-1955; 37 Leeson Park, 1955 until death.
Home: 2 Rathmines Terrace, Rathmines, 1931; Barna, Hainault Road, Foxrock, Co. Dublin, from c. 1946.

See WORKS, see also works of DOWNES & MEEHAN. DOWNES & MEEHAN.


All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from Meehan's application to sit the intermediate exam of the RIAI, 1931, in IAA, Acc. 93/136, Box 59, RIAI membership lists and from the obituary in RIAI Year Book (1980), 60.

(1) JRIAI (1929), 7.
(2) JRIAI (1931), ?.
(3) JRIAI (1932), 22.
(4) IB 86, 6 May,21 Oct 1944, 192,416.
(5) RIAI Year Book (1950) , Report of Council, 1.

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Date: 1946ca
Nature: New house for himself.
Refs: Information from Lisney's, agents for sale of property on 13 May 2003.