Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Dublin. Raymond Stevenson appears to have been English.(1) He does not appear in the 1911 census of Dublin although he had a Dublin address in 1914, when he won the Irish Builder competition for designing an entrance doorway to a city bank.(2) He served as a private in a non-combatant corps during the First World War, which made him eligible to sit the RIBA's Special War Examination in 1918.(3) He had returned to Dublin to set up his own practice in Kildare Street by 1922, when he became a member of the AAI. His independent career was a short one; by 1925 he appears to have entered the office of BECKETT & BECKETT & amp; HARRINGTON  HARRINGTON at 97 St Stephen's Green. In about 1930 he joined the staff of the Office of Public Works, moving soon afterwards to the City Architect's department of Dublin Corporation. In 1932 or 1933 he was recruited to the newly established City Housing Architect's department under HERBERT GEORGE SIMMS HERBERT GEORGE SIMMS ; this temporary appointment was extended until at least 1934 and probably longer; his elegant vignettes of new Dublin flats which accompany the article by Simms in the Centenary Celebration booklet of the RIAI (1939) are dated 1939. Stevenson was a stylish and accomplished draughtsman.(4) He was still living in Dublin in 1957.

AAI: elected member, 1922; no longer on list of members after 1933.
RIBA: probationer, 1908;(5) student, 1918;(6) elected associate (Special War Exam), 1918, proposed by WILLIAM ADAM FORSYTH WILLIAM ADAM FORSYTH , Walter Cave and Arthur Keen.(7)

Addresses: Work: 14 Kildare Street, 1922; 23 Suffolk Street, 1923-24; 97 St Stephen's Green, 1925-1929; Office of Public Works, 1931; City Architect's Office, 1932; Dublin Corporation Housing Architect's Department, 1933
Home: Revelstoke, Gleneldon Road, Streatham, London SW, 1908;(8) 7 Castlewood Avenue, Rathmines, 1914; 3 Grove Mansions, Stamford Hill, London, 1918; 18 Upper Fitzwilliam Street, 1923; 11 St Kevin's Gardens, Rathmines, 1939; 34 Wellington Road, 1947-1957.(9)



All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from lists of AAI members in AAI Green Books.

(1) His second name appears as Croisdale rather than Croasdaile, the name of a landed family in Co. Offaly. He may be the same person as the Raymond C. Stevenson who is recorded in the 1901 census as a ten-year old living with his mother Annie at 159 Amesbury Avenue, Streatham, London.
(2) IB 56, 28 Feb 1914, 128(illus.).
(3) RIBAJ 25 (1917-18), 236; for the conditions governing this exam, see p. 118.
(4) See, for example, his drawing of Mercer House, repr. in Irish Architect 67 (Jun-Aug 1988), 31.
(5) RIBAJ 15 (1907-1908), 534.
(6) RIBAJ 25 (1917-18, 236.
(7) RIBAJ 25 (1917-18), 264; 26 (1918-19), 24,69.
(8) See note 5, above.
(9) RIBA Kalendar 1957-1958, 510.

Author Title Date Details
Stevenson, Raymond Croisdale 'Sketching and its value to the student' 1930 IB 72, 25 Oct 1930, 946. (Summary or reference only?)
Stevenson, Raymond Croisdale 'Fresh air in the home' 1931 IB 73, 14 Mar 1931, 216