Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect with the Office of Public Works from 1895 until 1923. Alfred Kirk Brown, elder son of William Kirk Brown, wine merchant of Hull, Yorkshire, was born on in Sutton-on-Hull on 19 September 1871.(1) He was articled to Smith & Brodrick of Hull from 1888 to 1893, when he became an assistant in the practice. He passed his qualifying exam in the same year. He entered the employment of the Office of Public Works on 14 May 1895,(2) and had been appointed second-class assistant surveyor in Cavan by 1896 and in Dundalk by 1900. He was still in Dundalk in 1907, now with the rank of first-class assistant surveyor. By 1911 he had become an assistant principal surveyor in Dublin, a position which he held until his retirement in 1923.(3) After his retirement he returned to Hull, where he was living in 1926.  He died in Bridlington on 6 October 1950.(4)   He had married Annis Biggs Carrick in 1896 or1897 and had a daughter, Gwendoline, who married Edmund McWilliam and emigrated to Australia or New Zealand.(5)

RIBA: elected associate 12 March 1894; resigned 1926.
RSAI: elected member, 31 Jun 1911.(6)

Address: 4 Templemore Avenue, Rathgar <=1911->=1922; Preston Cottage, Preston, Hull, 1926.


All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the 1911 census http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai000147626/ (ast visited Nov 2009), Directory of British Architects 1834-1914 (RIBA 2001), I, 270, and Thom's and Post Office directories.

(1) UK census returns, 1891, and Jones's transcripts from Board of Works records.
(2) See note 1, above.
(3) IB 65, 21 Apr 1923, 274.
(4) Information from Gill Carrick, Kendal, Cumbria, wife of the grandson of Annis Carrick's brother Cyril, Apr 2012. 
(5) See note 4, above.
41 (1911), 73.