Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect and engineer, of Belfast. According to the 1911 census, Samuel McIlveen, younger son of Hugh McIlveen, linen merchant, and his wife, Margaret, was born in Co. Down in 1888 or 1889.  He served his articles with WILLIAM JOHN WATERMAN ROOME  WILLIAM JOHN WATERMAN ROOME of Belfast, before working with a valuation office in Dublin and Cork and also with the engineering firm of Workman, Clark & Co. in Belfast. In 1922 or 1923(1) he formed a partnership with ROBERT FERGUSON ROBERT FERGUSON . The partnership, known as FERGUSON & FERGUSON & amp; MCILVEEN MCILVEEN , continued until his death in March 1958. Hugh McIlveen, ARIBA, also a member of the practice, was presumably his son. Samuel McIlveen was a prominent Freemason.

ICEI: elected associate member, 3 December 1917.(2)
RIAI: elected member, 1920.(3)
RIBA: elected licentiate, 19 Jun 1956.(4)
RSUA: elected member, 1950;(5) council member; vice-president, 1956-58.

Addresses: Work: see under FERGUSON & FERGUSON & amp; MCILVEEN MCILVEEN . Home:(6)  Bryansburn, Bangor, Co. Down,1911;  Glenside, Bangor, Co. Down, <=1917-1952; Killaney Lodge, Boardmills, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, 1953 until death.

For works, see under works of FERGUSON & FERGUSON & amp; MCILVEEN. MCILVEEN.


All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the obituary of McIlveen in RIAI Year Book 1959, 9. Another obituary is in RIBAJ 66 (1958-59), 69.

(1) The RIAI Year Book obituary gives the date as 1922. The biographical note on Ferguson in IB 75, 17 Jun 1933, 517, says that he entered into partnership with McIlveen early in 1923, but his obituary in RSUA Yearbook & Directory 1982, 16, says that he did so in 1922. The first mention of the partnership in IB is on 3 Nov 1923.
(2) TICEI 44 (1917-18), 17.
(3) JRIAI (1921), 2.
(4) RIBAJ 63 (1956), 310.
(5) List of RSUA members in Thom's Directory Ireland 1951.
(6) From ICEI and RIAI lists of members.