Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of London. Frank Scarlett, who held a B.Arch degree from London University and had also been a student at the Atelier Pascal in Paris, worked on the British pavilion at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs de Paris before coming to Dublin in October 1925 to assist RUDOLF MAXIMILIAN BUTLER  RUDOLF MAXIMILIAN BUTLER as studio instructor in the fledgling Department of Architecture at University College, Dublin.(1) According to Rothery the three years Scarlett spent in the department 'were at the important formative stage in the development of a proper course and credit for this development must be at least shared between Butler and his assistant'. Scarlett left Dublin in 1928(2) and, as the result of winning the RIBA's Alfred Bossom Travelling Studentship, spent a year in the United States. On his return he became an assistant at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London.(3) In 1930, in collaboration with Henry Ingham Ashworth, he won the competition for designing the Civic Centre at Hull.(4) The partnership which he formed with Ashworth was dissolved in 1933;(5) a later partner was Henry W. Binns.(6) Scarlett exhibited four views of Venice at the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1927.(7) A perspective view by him of Butler's Dominican convent chapel at Muckross Park, Dublin, also dated 1927, is among the Butler MSS in the Irish Architectural Archive.(8)

RIBA: elected associate, 1927, proposed by A.E. Richardson, Rudolf Maximilian Butler and Charles Lovett Gill;(9) Alfred Bossom Travelling Studentship Gold Medallist, 1929;(10) elected fellow, 1936.(11)

Address: 6 Mount Street Crescent, Dublin, 1927.(11)


All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from Sean Rothery, Ireland and the New Architecture 1900-1940 (1991), 62-64.

(1) IB 67, 22 Aug 1925, 673.
(2) IB 71, 19 Jan 1929, 45.
(3) IB 72, 15 Feb 1930, 139.
(4) See note 3, above.
(5) RIBAJ 41 (1933-34), 359.
(6) RIBA Kalendar 1957-1958, 474.
(7) RHA Index, III, 135.
(8) Acc. ?/?. This may be the drawing exhibited by Butler at the RHA in 1929 (no. 377).
(9) RIBAJ 35 (1927-28), 30. Gill was Richardson's partner.
(10) IB 71, 19 Jan 1929, 45; RIBAJ 36 (1928-29). 245-246(illus.).
(11) RIBAJ 43 (1935-36), 999.
(12) See note 7, above.