Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Selected: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, PARNELL STREET (& CAVENDISH ROW), ROTUNDA (ROUND ROOM)

Name: ENSOR, JOHN
Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, PARNELL STREET (& CAVENDISH ROW), ROTUNDA (ROUND ROOM)
Date: 1764-67
Nature: Erection of Round Room, a plain circular stuccoed building (frieze, blocking course and cornice added in 1787).
Refs: Rotunda Hospital MSS; Maurice Craig, Dublin 1660-1860 (lst edition, 1952), 193-194; Ian Campbell Ross, ed., Public Virtue, Public Love; th early years of the Dublin Lying-In Hospital (1986), 43-44,73,75-77(illus.);  Christine Casey, The Buildings of Ireland: Dublin (2005),164-5.

Name: MCCULLAGH, JAMES *
Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, PARNELL STREET (& CAVENDISH ROW), ROTUNDA (ROUND ROOM)
Date: 1774
Nature: JM 'did some plasterwork in the Rotunda[Round Room] for John Ensor'.
Refs: C.P. Curran, Dublin Decorative Plasterwork of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries (1967), 75

Name: GANDON, JAMES
Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, PARNELL STREET (& CAVENDISH ROW), ROTUNDA (ROUND ROOM)
Date: 1784-1791
Nature: Alts. & adds. (entrance block & exterior decoration) attr. to JG by McParland on stylistic grounds
Refs: See E. McParland, James Gandon: Vitruvius Hibernicus (1985), refs. as in index;  Christine Casey, The Buildings of Ireland: Dublin (2005),165.

Name: SMYTH, EDWARD *
Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, PARNELL STREET (& CAVENDISH ROW), ROTUNDA (ROUND ROOM)
Date: 1786
Nature: Ox-head frieze attr. to ES by Curran on grounds of its similarity to carving under N portico of Custom House. (In Coade stone. Could ES have supplied model for this??)
Refs: Viola B.M Barrow, 'Edward Smyth', a talk read to the Old Dublin Society in 1979 and published Dublin Historical Record 52, no. 1 (Spring 1999), 71

Name: BEAZLEY, SAMUEL #
Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, PARNELL STREET (& CAVENDISH ROW), ROTUNDA (ROUND ROOM)
Date: 1820
Nature: Conversion of Round Room into temporary theatre for Henry Harris prior to opening of Theatre Royal, Hawkins St. Opened 19 Jun 1820.
Refs: Plan in Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, pf MS. Thr 344 no. 14 (repr. in Görel Garlick, To Serve the purpose of the drama: the theatre designs and plays of Samuel Beazley 1786-1851 (Society for Theatre Research, 2003), 45;  Garlick, op. cit., 44-45.

Name: MURRAY, WILLIAM [1]
Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, PARNELL STREET (& CAVENDISH ROW), ROTUNDA (ROUND ROOM)
Date: 1831
Nature: Proposed new seating for orchestra &c, in Round Room, 1831.
Refs: Drawings in IAA, Murray Collection, 92/46, nos. 711,712 (see Bernadette Goslin, 'A History and descriptive catalogue of the Murray Collection of architectural drawings' (MA thesis, University College, Dublin, 1990), 225-6).

Name: SYMES, SANDHAM
Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, PARNELL STREET (& CAVENDISH ROW), ROTUNDA (ROUND ROOM)
Date: 1860
Nature: Erection of gallery, for Governors of Rotunda Buildings. Contractor: George Farrell.
Refs: DB 2, 1 Apr 1860., 236

Name: MURRAY, ALBERT EDWARD
Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, PARNELL STREET (& CAVENDISH ROW), ROTUNDA (ROUND ROOM)
Date: 1908
Nature: Alts. to Round Room including new stage and proscenium, increased seating and dressing rooms, for Governors of Rotunda Hospital. Contractors: H. & J. Martin & Co. Work commenced, 4 Jun 1908.  Building reopened 31 July 1908. 1908.
Refs: IB 50, 4 Apr,8 Aug,5 Sep 1908, 213,477,551;  Freeman's Journal, 6 Jul,1 Aug 1908;  Irish Times, 1,11 Aug 1908.

Name: O'CONNOR, GEORGE LUKE
Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, PARNELL STREET (& CAVENDISH ROW), ROTUNDA (ROUND ROOM)
Date: 1916
Nature: Plans being prepared for alts. & imps. to Round Room, including replacement of floor with sloping one, new gallery, glazed portico.
Refs: IB 58, 22 Apr 1916, 187.