Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Dublin. William Henry Ward, who, according to the Dublin census of 1911, was born in England in 1878 or 1879, was articled to Francis Thomas Wilberforce Goldsmith of Gray's Inn, London, for three years and remained in Goldsmith's office as an assistant for a further two years. He came to Dublin in 1898, entering the office of CARROLL & CARROLL & amp; BATCHELOR  BATCHELOR circa 1900.  He remained for many years as chief assistant in the same practice, which became BATCHELOR & BATCHELOR & amp; HICKS  HICKS in 1905, and stayed on with Hicks for some time after Batchelor's retirement in 1922. From 1934 or earlier until 1941 or later, he was on the staff of the Office of Public Works. He later worked in the office of O'CALLAGHAN & CALLAGHAN & amp; GIRON.  GIRON.

Ward died in 1950.(1) The fact that he lived in a series of rented lodgings suggests that he never married. His obituarist, an old friend who had lived in the same boarding house when they both were young, describes him as as an intensely reserved man who only opened up with people that he really liked. He then revealed a 'dry humour' and 'quaint outlook on life' which could make him 'a most interesting and convivial companion'.

AAI: elected member, 1899; ceased membership, 1914.
RIAI: elected member, 6 April 1908, having been proposed by FREDERICK BATCHELOR FREDERICK BATCHELOR , seconded by FREDERICK GEORGE HICKS FREDERICK GEORGE HICKS , JAMES HENRY WEBB  JAMES HENRY WEBB and HARRY ALLBERRY HARRY ALLBERRY ; membership lapsed, 1916; reinstated, 1925.(2)

Addresses: Work: 9 Hume Street, 1908; 86 Merrion Square, 1909-1925; 6 Hume Street, 1934; Office of Public Works, 1935-1941; 31 South Frederick Street, 1946-1948.
Home: 8 Clarinda Park East, Dun Laoghaire, 1903; 10 Leinster Square, Rathmines, 1905; 4 Hume Street, 1906->=1911; 92 Baggot Street Lower, 1928; 3 Mount Street Crescent, 1929-1932; 105 Rathgar Road, 1932.


All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from Ward's application for membership of the RIAI in IAA, RIAI office archives (Acc. 93/136), membership forms 1878-1909 (extremely fragile), from the obituary of Ward in RIAI Year-Book for 1950, 42, and from AAI and RIAI membership lists.

RIAI Year-Book for 1951-52, 36.
JRIAI (1926), 5.