Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Belfast. According to the 1911 census, William Stevenson, younger son of SAMUEL STEVENSON  SAMUEL STEVENSON and his wife, Mary (née Hamilton) and brother of JOHN HAMILTON STEVENSON JOHN HAMILTON STEVENSON , was born in Co. Antrim in 1894 or 1895 . He presumably trained, as did his brother, in his father's office. Like his brother, he served in the First World War and joined his father's practice afterwards. Following Samuel Stevenson's death in 1924, the two brothers carried on the practice under the name of SAMUEL STEVENSON & SAMUEL STEVENSON & amp; SONS. During the Second World War, William Stevenson was an officer in the Ulster Home Guard.

Stevenson retired from practice on account of poor health some years before his death, which took place while he was on a visit to Scotland in the summer of 1952. His wife and a daughter survived him. W.H. STEVENSON  STEVENSON may be the same person.

RIBA: elected licentiate, 3 December 1934, having been proposed by REGINALD SHARMAN WILSHERE REGINALD SHARMAN WILSHERE , JOHN SEEDS  JOHN SEEDS and THOMAS ROBERT EAGAR THOMAS ROBERT EAGAR ;(1) elected fellow, ?January 1936, having been proposed by JAMES REID YOUNG JAMES REID YOUNG , Thomas Robert Eagar and John Seeds.(2)
RSUA: member by 1937.(3)

Addresses: Work: 83 Royal Avenue, Belfast, for entire career.
Home:  Jordanstown, Co. Antrim, 1911; Annalore, Greenisland, Co. Antrim, 1934-1935; Elsinore, Bellevue Terrace, Larne Harbour, 1951.

For works, see works of SAMUEL STEVENSON  SAMUEL STEVENSON and SAMUEL STEVENSON & SAMUEL STEVENSON & amp; SONS. ((For the purposes of this database, all works of the practice up until and including 1923 are listed under SAMUEL STEVENSON SAMUEL STEVENSON , and all works from 1924 onwards under SAMUEL STEVENSON & SAMUEL STEVENSON & amp; SONS.)


All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the obituary of Stevenson in IB 94, 19 Jul & 2 Aug 1952, 762, and the brief history of the firm in the centenary leaflet Samuel Stevenson and Sons 1886-1986(Architectural Publications, Ltd., Belfast). A short biography of Stevenson (not seen) is in IB 78, 11 Jan 1936, 6.

(1) RIBAJ 41 (1933-34), 1076; 42 (1934-35), 216.
(2) RIBAJ 43 (1935-36), 166,?320.
(3) List of RSUA members in Thom's Directory (1937), 720.