Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

English architect, for whom see Directory of British Architects 1834-1900 (RIBA, 1993), 118.  At some point between 1879 and 1883 Robert Alexander Briggs worked in the office of JOHN JOSEPH O'CALLAGHAN  JOHN JOSEPH O'CALLAGHAN in Dublin.(1) He is also said to have worked in the office of WILLIAM HAGUE. WILLIAM HAGUE. (2) He may be the 'Briggs' who collaborated with CHARLES ASTLEY OWEN  CHARLES ASTLEY OWEN on an entry for the second competition for the Science and Art Museum, Dublin held in 1883. The design by 'Owen & Briggs' was exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1884 (nos. 373,374). Briggs also exhibited a design for New Drumlyn House, Moyallon, Co. Down, at the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1908 (no. 305).

The author of four publications on houses in the countryside, Briggs was given the nickname 'Bungalow Briggs' after the title of the first of these, Bungalows and Country Residences (1891).

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(1) Directory of British Architects, loc. cit., above.
(2) According to F.T. Harron, 'William Hague, FRIAI: an architectural appraisal', Breifne VIII, no. 32 (1996), 683, he also worked in the office of William Hague.

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Date: 1908ca
Nature: Design for same exh. RHA, 1908.
Refs: Drawings in PRONI (information from Philip Wilson); RHA 1908, no. 305.