Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Selected: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CUSTOM HOUSE QUAY, CUSTOM HOUSE

Name: HENRY, HUGH *
Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CUSTOM HOUSE QUAY, CUSTOM HOUSE
Date: 1781
Nature: Henry appointed principal carpenter by Gandon.
Refs: T.J. Mulvany, ed., The Life of James Gandon (1846), 54-55

Name: DARLEY, HENRY [2]*
Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CUSTOM HOUSE QUAY, CUSTOM HOUSE
Date: 1781-1791
Nature: HD contractor for stonecutting.
Refs: E. McParland, James Gandon (1985), 47,70

Name: GANDON, JAMES
Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CUSTOM HOUSE QUAY, CUSTOM HOUSE
Date: 1781-91
Nature: For Commissioners of the Revenue. First sod turned by JG 16 Jul 1781.  FS laid 8 Aug 1781.  Clerk of Works: Richard Harman. Stonecutter: Henry Darley. Bricklayer & Mason: John Semple. Carpenter: Hugh Henry.
Refs: James Malton, A Picturesque and descriptive view of the city of Dublin (1799), unpaginated;  see E. McParland, James Gandon: Vitruvius Hibernicus (1985), refs. as in index;  Christine Casey, The Buildings of Ireland: Dublin (2005),141-145, PlS.44,45.

Name: HARMAN, RICHARD
Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CUSTOM HOUSE QUAY, CUSTOM HOUSE
Date: 1782
Nature: RH brought from London 1782 to be James Gandon's Clerk of Works at Custom House.
Refs: T.J. Mulvany, The Life of James Gandon, Esq. (1856; reprinted 1969 with introduction, notes, appendices and index by Maurice Craig), 58

Name: BANKS, THOMAS *#
Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CUSTOM HOUSE QUAY, CUSTOM HOUSE
Date: 1783ca
Nature: Figures of Europe, Asia, Africa and America over N portico. (Preliminary design possibly supplied to Gandon by Paul Sandby, see sketch designs for Asia, Africa and America in IAA (on loan from King's Inns Archives) 2007/10.M/2-5.)
Refs: T.S. Mulvany, ed., The Life of James Gandon (1866), 66,74; W.G. Strickland, A Dictionary of Irish Artists (1913), II, 385n; E. McParland, James Gandon: Vitruvius Hibernicus (1985), 68

Name: CARLINI, AGOSTINO *#
Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CUSTOM HOUSE QUAY, CUSTOM HOUSE
Date: 1786-88
Nature: Figures of Neptune and Plenty over S portico and design for high relief in the tympanum ('Friendly Union of Great Britain and Ireland with Neptune driving away Famine and Despair') which was executed by EDWARD SMYTH in 1787-88.
Refs: Faulkner's Dublin Journal, 23-26 Sep 1786,6-8 Sep 1787,16-19 Feb 1788; T.S. Mulvany, ed., The Life of James Gandon (1866), 79n; W.G. Strickland, A Dictionary of Irish Artists (1913), II, 384-5 (sub Edward Smyth) attributes design of tympanum sculpture to AC

Name: LEASK, HAROLD GRAHAM
Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CUSTOM HOUSE QUAY, CUSTOM HOUSE
Date: 1925-29
Nature: HGL influenced reconstruction.
Refs: Oibre 7 (May 1969), 11

Name: BYRNE, THOMAS JOSEPH
Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CUSTOM HOUSE QUAY, CUSTOM HOUSE
Date: 1925-29
Nature: Reconstruction after being burnt out by IRA, 25 May 1921.  Tenders invited for reconstruction of dome, May 1927.
Refs: Irish Times, 19 May 1927;  IB 69, 25 Jun 1927, 457; Architect & Building News 126, 19 Jun 1931, 385-390,409 (illus.); F. O'Dwyer, 'The architecture of the Board of Public Works 1831-1923' in C.O'Connor and J.O'Regan, eds., Public Works: the architecture of the Office of Public Works 1831-1987 (1987), 32;  Christine Casey, The Buildings of Ireland: Dublin (2005),145-6;  John Byrne and Michael Fewer, Thomas Joseph Byrne, Nation Builder (South Dublin Libraries, 2013), 77-81(illus.).

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Name: LEVER, JAMES *
Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CUSTOM HOUSE QUAY, CUSTOM HOUSE
Date: ?
Nature: JL one of the contractors.
Refs: M. Craig, Dublin 1660-1860 (lst edition, 1952) 240

Name: SMYTH, EDWARD *
Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CUSTOM HOUSE QUAY, CUSTOM HOUSE
Date: ?
Nature: Arms of Ireland over E. & W. wings of N & S fronts; colossal figure of Commerce on dome; statues of Plenty and Industry above S portico; , pediment sculpture (from design by Agostino Carlini) and 14 keystones representing 13 Irish rivers and the Atlantic Ocean..
Refs: Design for one coat of arms in IAA (on loan from King's Inns Archives) Acc. 2007/10.M/1;  J. Warburton, J. Whitelaw and R. Walsh, History of the City of Dublin (1818),I, 517; T.J. Mulvany, The Life of James Gandon, Esq.(1846), 75-7,78-9n; IB 63, 18 Jun 1921, 417; E. McParland, James Gandon: Vitruvius Hibernicus (1985), 68-70; Patrick Lenehan, 'Edward Smyth, Dublin's Sculptor', Irish Arts Review Yearbook 1989-1990, 67-71(illus.); Anne Walsh, 'Uncatalogued drawings in the King's Inns Library', Irish Arts Review Yearbook 1989-11990, 40-41(illus.);  Christine Casey, The Buildings of Ireland: Dublin (2005), 143,146.