Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Charles Mettam was practising as an architect in Dublin from 1845 to 1848 or later. In 1847 he exhibited a design at the Royal Hibernian Academy.(1) He subsequently emigrated to the United States, where he practised as an architect in New York. The Dublin Builder noted in January 1861 that he had designed 'a large building two lofty storeys in height…in the Venetian style' which was to be begun in New York the following autumn.(2) Other buildings by him include 541 Broadway (1869), 500 Broome (1874), both cast-iron buildings, and 718-720 Second Avenue (1878).(3) He had probably died before the American census of 1881, when only a widowed Isabella Mettam, who was working as a housekeeper in Manhattan, and her son John C. Mettam, born in Ireland in about 1858, are recorded.(4)

Addresses: 23 South Anne Street, 1845; 23 Denzille Street, 1846; 7 Merrion Row, 1846-48.

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All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from Thom's, Post Office and Pettigrew & Oulton's directories.

(1) IAA, Edward McParland files, Acc. 2008/44.; IALE gives the exhibitor's name as J.C. Mettam which could equally well indicate John Mettam.
(2) DB 3, 1 Jan 1861, 393.
(3) http://www.mta.nyc.ny.us/capconstr/sas/feis/pdf/appendixg_1.pdf.
(4) www.familysearch.org.

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Date: 1847
Nature: Extension of existing house on corner of Merrion Row.
Refs: Christine Casey, The Buildings of Ireland: Dublin (2005), 518.