Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Dublin and Belfast. Edward Twist, who was born on 20 November 1871,(1) first appears in the building journals as clerk of works for the construction of GEORGE COPPINGER ASHLIN' GEORGE COPPINGER ASHLIN' s new district lunatic asylum at Portrane, Co. Dublin.(2) On 18 October 1900 he entered the service of Board of Works as an assistant surveyor.(3) Announcing the appointment, the Irish Builder noted that he had not gained the post by examination and had 'received no passport from the Civil Service Commissioners'.(4) By 1907 he had been posted to Sligo,(5) and by 1915 he had been promoted to the rank of assistant principal architect and was based in Belfast.(6) On the separation of the administration of the country in 1922, he elected to transfer to Northern Ireland, where he held the position of senior architect in the Public Works division of the Ministry of Finance jointly with CHARLES STEWART AGNEW  CHARLES STEWART AGNEW until his retirement in 1934. Towards the end of his career he was made a Member of the British Empire.(7) He died in January 1950.(8) In his obituary in the Irish Builder, HARRY ALLBERRY HARRY ALLBERRY , who had been a colleague in his Dublin days, described him as an 'intensely reserved' man, whose 'thoughts and activities were almost entirely confined to his professional duties'. He was married and had three sons and three daughters. Two of his sons were architects - GRANT TWIST  GRANT TWIST appears to have been one of them - and one an engineer.



All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the obituary of Twist by 'Oculus' (Harry Allberry) in IB 92, 18 Feb 1950, 156.

(1) Jones transcripts from Board of Works records. According to this date he would have been only 78 when he died rather than 81 as stated in the obituary.
(2) Building News 104, 27 Apr 1900, 572.
(3) See note 1, above.
(4) IB 42, 15 Oct 1900, 506.
(5) Thom's Directory (1907), 869.
(6) Thom's Directory (1915), 869.
(7) He is designated MBE in Thom's Directory (1933), 1064.

2 work entries listed in chronological order for TWIST, EDWARD

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Date: 1913-1915
Nature: New offices 'in the Georgian style' partially completed. Frontage of 67 feet with ground floor in Castlewellan granite and upper floors in Laganvale pressed brick with Portland stone dressings. Tenders invited Dec 1913. Contractor: John Graham, Dromore.
Refs: B 105, 5 Dec 1913, 628; IB 56, 28 Feb 1914, 136; 57, 22 May 1915, 242

Date: 1916
Nature: New national school on road from Ballymena to Carnlough. Contractor: Dan McKee, Ahoghill.
Refs: IB 58, 1 Jan 1916, 14