Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Dublin, active from the 1840s until the early 1870s. Charles Houston was admitted to the Royal Dublin Society's School of Drawing in Architecture on 26 January 1843 and to the School of Landscape and Ornament the following year. He was awarded prizes in 1845, 1846, 1847 and 1848.(1) He subsequently practised in Dublin. He is listed in the directories, initially as 'CE and architect' and later, until 1872, as 'CE, architect, land agent and surveyor and valuator'. He has disappeared from the directories by 1874. No works have been recorded, but there is an unidentified design by him in the National Library of Ireland.(2) He is probably the 'C.H. Houston, CE, & Architect' of Dublin who drew a view of Corabella (or Corbally) House, Co. Longford, to illustrate the advertisement for the sale of the property on 6 December 1861 under the direction of the Landed Estates Court, and another of Fort Breda, Co. Down, which was sold on 19 March 1867.(3)

Addresses: 17 Upper Ormond Quay, 1860;(4)  5 Leeson Street Upper, 1857-1858; 12 Adelaide Road, 1861; 21 Parliament Street, 1862-1864; 10 Bachelors Walk, 1865-66; 34 Lower Ormond Quay, 1868-1872.
Home: 5 Leeson Street Upper, 1857-1858; 12 Adelaide Road, 1861; 1 Mulgrave Terrace, Dun Laoghaire, 1865; Clarinda Park, Dun Laoghaire, 1866-1870; 21 Clarinda Park West, 1871-1872.


All information in this entry not otherwise attributed is from Jones's transcripts from Thom's directories.

(1) Information about Houston's career in the drawing schools is from the MS. transcript from Royal Dublin Society minutes of School of Drawing in Architecture admissions and prizewinners (in IAA) and Gitta Willemson, The Dublin Society Drawing Schools 1746-1876 (2000), 49.
(2) NLI, AD 3424.
(3) Mary Cecilia Lyons, Illustrated Incumbered Estates Ireland, 1850-1905 (1993), 215-217(illus.),236-237(illus.). 
(4) Irish Times, 10 Dec 1860.

Author Title Date Details
Houston, Charles H. 'The Fire-Detector' 1860 Letter to Irish Times, 10 Dec 1860.