Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect and surveyor, of Dublin, active from the 1890s. Richard George Thompson, a son of Richard Thompson, Poor Law officer, and his wife Ellen (née Jennings), was born in Cork on 20 September 1868.  Information about his early training and career is confusing and appears contradictory.   At the time of his marriage to Alyce Lowth on 21 March 1894 he is described as a commercial clerk of 6 Merrion Row but in his 1901 and 1911 census returns he describes himself as a BA of Trinity College, Dublin, and as an architect and engineer working as a surveyor in the Land Commission. He may possibly have received his architectural training in the office of JAMES FRANKLIN FULLER JAMES FRANKLIN FULLER , as the lists of RIAI probationers during the years 1899-1900 give Brunswick Chambers, where Fuller (among others) had his office, as his address.  Only one work by him is recorded in the Irish Builder, a dispensary and dwelling house for Murphystown, Glencullen, Co. Dublin in 1892.(1)

RIAI: admitted probationer, December 1889;(2) still listed as probationer in membership list for 1900 after which probationers are no longer included.

Address: Work: Brunswick Chambers, 179 Great Brunswick Street, 1890-1900.
Home: 6 Merrion Row 1894; Glasthule Road, Dun Laoghaire, <1901->1911.



All information in this entry not otherwise attributed is from www.familysearch.org , the marriage registers of St Ann's church, Dawson Street, Dublin, in Irish Genealogy, www.irishgenalogy.ie (last visited Jul 2010) and Thompson's 1901 and 1911 census returns. 

(1) Wicklow Newsletter, 8 Oct 1892.
(2) RIAI council meeting minutes, 2 Dec 1889, 278; according to this source he also had the qualifications to become a probationer of the RIBA.

1 work entries listed in chronological order for THOMPSON, RICHARD GEORGE

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Date: 1892
Nature: Tenders invited for erection of same to designs by Richard G. Thompson.
Refs: Wicklow Newsletter, 8 Oct 1892.