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Architecture of Belfast

11 February 2015

1610 – Belfast Castle, Belfast, Co. Antrim

John de Courcy built a castle on what is now Castle Street in the city centre in the 12th century. By the early 17th century when Sir Arthur Chichester, from Devonshire, was granted...

13 January 2015

1857 – Sinclair Seamen’s Church, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Architect: Lanyon & Lynn Constructed between 1856 and 1857 in memory of John Sinclair in a Venetian style. A unique interior shipyard workers, dockers and sailors at the time of Titanic would have...

22 October 2014

1883 – Grattan & Co., Great Victoria St., Belfast

Architect: Young & Mackenzie A new premises for “Grattan’s Aerated Water Manufactory”. Published in The Irish Builder, October 1, 1883.

18 August 2014

1862 – Ulster Hall, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Architect: William Barre Opened in 1862, by the Ulster Hall Company, the hall’s purpose was to provide the expanding city of Belfast with a multi-purpose venue of sufficient size. On its opening night...

12 August 2014

1878 – Business Premises, Lombard St., Belfast

Architect: Thomas Jackson & Sons “Our illustration with this issue shows the new premises at the corner of Lombard-street and Rosemary-street, Belfast, which will shortly be completed for Mr Patrick McGuinness, the well-known...

12 August 2014

1870 – Ulster Bank Buildings, Waring St., Belfast

Architect: Thomas Jackson & Sons Now part of the Merchant Hotel along with the former Ulster Bank headquarters next to it. “These new buildings are being erected for the Ulster Banking Company, in...

15 July 2014

1885 – Orange Hall, Clifton St., Belfast

Architect: William Batt The Hall was opened on January 27th, 1885. To mark the bi-centenary of the “Glorious Revolution” of 1688 an equestrian bronze statue, by Henry Hems of Exeter,city coat of arms...

15 June 2014

1901 – Unbuilt Design for Assembly Rooms, Belfast

Architect: William Carruthers Laidlaw Third premiated design for competition, adjudicated by Sir Thomas Drew for new Presbyterian Assembley Rooms. He judged the costing conditions to be unreasonable and unachievable. William Hemstock was awarded...

15 June 2014

1901 – Unbuilt Design for Assembly Hall, Belfast

Architect: Rupert Savage “This design was awarded the first premium by the assessor, Sir Thos. Drew, R.H.A. ; but the committee declined to accept any of the designs submitted in this competition, and...