AMBLER, THOMAS #
- Born: 1838 Died: 1920
Architect, of Leeds, for whom see Directory of British Architects 1834-1914 (RIBA 2001), I, 36-37. In 1872-1875 Thomas Ambler designed major alterations to Hertford House, London, for Sir Richard Wallace for the display of his art collection. Wallace, who owned large estates in Co. Antrim, has been said to have employed Ambler to design a house for him in Castle Street, Lisburn.(1) The house, then named Castle House, was erected in 1880 at a cost of over £20,000. Building was supervised by Wallace's local surveyor and engineer, JOHN MACHENRY , who may well have been responsible for some of the details.(2)
(1) Hugh Dixon, 'So many proofs? Aspects of the legacy of Sir Richard Wallace in the fabric of Lisburn', Lisburn Historical Society Journal 4 (1982), unpaginated version on www.lisburn.com.]; this attribution is disputed by C.E.B. Brett, Buildings of County Antrim (UAHS, 1996), 118.
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|Building:||CO. ANTRIM, LISBURN, CASTLE STREET, CASTLE HOUSE (WALLACE HOUSE)|
|Nature:||2-storey brick house with stone dressings and mansard roof, for Sir Richard Wallace thought to have been designed by TA with John MacHenry as supervising architect.|
|Refs:||C.E.B. Brett, Court Houses and Market Houses of the Province of Ulster (UAHS, 1973), 34; Hugh Dixon, 'So many proofs? Aspects of the legacy of Sir Richard Wallace in the fabric of Lisburn', Lisburn Historical Society Journal 4 (1982), unpaginated version on www.lisburn.com.|