Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Engineer and architect, of Dublin. James Moore was born at Sandycove, Dublin, on 19 June 1881, a younger son of John Gibson Moore, owner of a fancy goods warehouse in South Anne Street, Dublin, and later a partner in Switzer's of Grafton Street and a JP. He was educated at St Andrew's School, Dublin, and the Central Technical College, London, while serving his pupilage under J. HAMPDEN SHAW HAMPDEN SHAW , engineer to Kilmainham Township, in the college vacations. He then worked as chief assistant engineer to JOHN HENRY RYAN  JOHN HENRY RYAN on projects which included the Greystones and Delgany main drainage works, survey work in connection with the Irish Land Bill and a new boiler house and boilers for the South Dublin Union.(1) In about 1906 he entered into partnership with ROBERT DONNELLY ROBERT DONNELLY , working from Nassau Street as DONNELLY & DONNELLY & amp; MOORE MOORE . In May 1916 he joined the Royal Engineers,(2) to be followed by Donnelly about a year later. After the war the two men formed a partnership with CYRIL KEEFE  CYRIL KEEFE and JOHN JOSEPH ROBINSON  JOHN JOSEPH ROBINSON as DONNELLY MOORE KEEFE & DONNELLY MOORE KEEFE & amp; ROBINSON ROBINSON , moving to American Chambers, 14 Lower Sackville Street, in the spring of 1919.(3) The partnership lasted until 1925, when Keefe and Robinson set up their own practice, leaving Donnelly, Moore and W.S. KEATINGE  KEATINGE in the Sackville Street office. In 1937 Donnelly, Moore and Keatinge went their separate ways.

James Moore died in 1956. According to the obituary in the RIAI Yearbook, he was a retiring man, who had 'devoted himself increasingly to commercial interests' though never ceasing to practise as an architect.

AAI: elected member, 1903; ceased membership, 1940 or 1941.
ICEI: elected associate member, 1905; transferred to member, 1911.
Inst.CE: elected associate member, 4 December 1906.(4)
RIAI: elected member, 1922;(5) elected fellow, 23 July 1937.(6)
RIBA: licentiate by 1937.(7))
Society of Architects: elected member, 1911.(8)

Addresses: Work: 19 Nassau Street, <=1906-1912; 36 Nassau Street, 1912-1916; 14 Sackville Street Lower, 1919-1936; 14 Sackville Street Lower & 90 Grafton Street, 1937; 49 Kildare Street, 1938 until death.
Home: Llandaff Hall, Merrion, <=1896->=1922; Rathattin, Ulverton Road, Dalkey, <=1927 until death.



All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the biography of Moore in E. Macdowel Cosgrave, ed., Dublin and County Dublin in the Twentieth Century (1908), 259, which is illustrated with a portrait photograph, from the obituary in RIAI Year Book (1956-1957), 37, from Thom's directories and from ICEI, RIAI and AAI lists of members.

(1) The account of Moore's education and training until 1906 is from the records of the Institution of Civil Engineers, kindly supplied by Mrs Carol Morgan, Archivist.
(2) TICEI 43 (1916-17), 227.
(3) IB 61, 3 May 1919, 224.
(4) See note 1, above.
(5) JRIAI (1923), 4.
(6) IB 79, 7 Aug 1937, 705; JRIAI (1938), 16.
(7) Recommendation for fellowship of RIAI, 1937, in RIAI archives.
(8) IB 53, 23 Dec 1911, 854.