BRUNTON, RICHARD HENRY #
- Born: 1841 Died: 1901
Scottish engineer, who, after serving as chief engineer to the lighthouse department of the Government of Japan and as manager of Young's Paraffin Oil Company of Glasgow, bought, with a young partner, a manufacturing business which produced architectural ornament. He ran this company for fifteen years, 'acquiring during that period an extensive knowledge, not only of architecture and artistic ornamentation, but also of the details of special classes of buildings, such as theatres, hotels, and large dwelling houses'.(1) He subsequently practised in London as an architect and engineer. In 1896 Brunton prepared designs for the proposed new Cork Palace of Varieties,(2) and the following year for remodelling and enlarging the Star Palace of Varieties in Dublin as the Empire Palace Theatre (now the Olympia Theatre).(3)
(1) Obituary of Brunton in Min.Proc.Inst.CE 145 (1900-1901), 340-41, which see for further details of Brunton's career.
(2) Prospectus in Irish Times, 13 Aug 1896.
(3) Irish Times, 16 Oct 1896; Architect 58, 29 Oct 1897, 287.
3 work entries listed in chronological order for BRUNTON, RICHARD HENRY #
|Building:||CO. CORK, CORK, MACCURTAIN STREET, CORK PALACE THEATRE OF VARIETIES|
|Nature:||New theatre to seat about 1,500 for Dan Lowrey and Henry Crawford Hartnell. Completed by Dec 1896.
Irish Times, 13,15 Aug,2 Dec 1896.
|Building:||CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, DAME STREET, NO. 072 (EMPIRE PALACE THEATRE, LATER OLYMPIA THEATRE)|
|Nature:||Enlargement and reconstruction of Star Theatre of Varieties, For Dan Lowrey. Work includes canopy over pavement in Dame St by Saracen Ironworks, Glasgow (accidentally destroyed by lorry, 2004). Contractor: Dalton, Beechwood Ave, Ranelagh.
Irish Times, 16 Oct 1896, 6 Mar,2 Sep,5 Oct,30 Nov 1897; Architect 58, 29 Oct 1897, 287; Christine Casey, The Buildings of Ireland: Dublin (2005), 417.
|Building:||CO. CORK, CORK, PATRICK STREET, NO. 035 (VICTORIA HOTEL)|
|Nature:||Alterations. Builder: John Delany & Co., Cork.
Irish Times, 17,19 Jan 1900.