Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Dublin and Belfast. Ernest Albert Barrett was born in Dublin in 1894 and educated at St Andrew's College and Trinity College, Dublin. He became an articled pupil in the office of BATCHELOR & HICKS BATCHELOR & HICKS , and was subsequently an assistant to GEORGE SHERIDAN GEORGE SHERIDAN . During the First World War he served with the Royal Artillery. At some stage after the war he joined the architectural staff of the British Portland Cement Association under H.C. Bishop, ARIBA, and was stationed in Dublin, Leeds, Manchester and London, chiefly employed in domestic decorative design. In 1931 he became assistant to ADAM GERALD CHAYTOR MILLAR ADAM GERALD CHAYTOR MILLAR , architect to Bank of Ireland. He is also said to have been an assistant architect in the Board of Works and a Garrison Engineer in Belfast but the dates and sequence of these various posts are not clear. He moved to Belfast in 1937. At the outbreak of the Second World War he served with the Royal Engineers in India and Persia. He died in Belfast in 1949.

Barrett became an active member of the Architectural Association of Ireland on joining it in 1923. He was a member of the AAI Dramatic Society, 'and reached a larger audience when he broadcast during the winter in a comedy from 2 RN'.(1) He enjoyed rugby, badminton, swimming and skating, and was a member of Lansdowne Football Club. HERBERT VIVIAN MILLAR  HERBERT VIVIAN MILLAR was his brother-in-law.

RIAI:(2) elected student, 1925; elected member, 1928.
AAI:(3) elected member, 1923; hon. sec 1924; vice-president 1932-34; president 1934.

Addresses:(4) 2 Pembroke Park, Clyde Rd, Dublin, 1923-1932; 26 Grey Gates, Mount Merrion, Blackrock, 1934-1937; Salcombe, Upper King's Road, Knock, Belfast, 1937->=1940; 194 King's Road, Belfast, at time of death.



All information in this entry not othewise accounted for is from the biography of Barrett in IB 76, 5 May 1934, 374, which is illustrated with a portrait photograph, and the obituary in RIAI Year Book (1950), 41. Another photograph forms the frontispiece of the AAI Green Book (1935).

(1) IB, loc. cit., above.
(2) RIAI lists of members.
(3) AAI Green Books, lists of officers and members.
(4) From AAI and RIAI lists of members.

Author Title Date Details
Barrett, Ernest Albert Presidential address to AAI 1934 AAI Green Book (1935), 27-34.