Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Scottish-born architect, for whom see  Directory of British Architects 1834-1914 (RIBA 2001), II, 612.   After working in New York and London, Sim may have lived briefly in Dublin from circa 1843 until 1845.  In Dublin on 24 October 1844 he married his second wife, Eliza Edwards, at St Thomas's church.(1)   By the middle of 1845 he had returned to London where he became an architect to the Ladbroke estate in Notting Hill.  He remained in the London area for the rest of his life but was nevertheless elected a member of the Kilkenny & South-East of Ireland Archaeological Society on 15 March 1854, having been proposed by the Rev. James Graves.(2)   In 1855 he exhibited  'A view of a residence in Ireland as altered with additions from the design of W. Sim' at the Royal Academy.(3)   During the latter part of his career he lived and worked in Windsor, Berkshire. He died in Ealing, Middlesex, on 28 February 1881 at the age of sixty-five.


All information in this entry not otherwise attributed was provided by Gayle Roberts, Perth, Western Australia, in collaboration with Christine Roe and Teresa Ralph, Brighton, England (all descendents of William Sim by his second wife, Eliza Edwards), Aug 2011.

(1) For wedding certificate, see http://churchrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/reels/d-80-3-1-046.pdf (last visited, Aug 2011).
(2) JRSAI 3 (1854-44), 54.  He was still a member in 1858 but not in 1860, see membership lists at end of JRSAI 5 (1858-59).
(3) No. 1210.