Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect with the Board of Works, active in the first and second quarters of the twentieth century. Joseph Whitton, son of Thomas and Matilda Whitton, of Drumlegagh, Co. Tyrone, was christened at Drumlegagh on 24 February 1875.(1) After obtaining an engineering degree, he appears to have been in private practice in Omagh.(1)   In about 1905 he joined the staff of the Board of Public Works as an assistant surveyor (second class) and was posted to Tralee, Co. Kerry. By the time of the 1911 census he had been transferred to Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, and by 1915  to Derry, with promotion to the rank of assistant surveyor (first class).  He continued to work for the Board until 1939, rising to the rank of acting architect and eventually of architect.  At the time of the 1911 census, he had been married to his wife, Catharine Josephine (née Hamilton) for seven years and had two children.




Address: 3 Willoughby Place, Enniskillen, 1911.




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References

All information in this entry not otherwise attributed is from the lists of Board of Works officials in Thom's directories. and from the 1911 census of Ireland, http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/ (last visited Nov 2009).


(1) www.familysearch.org.
(2) IB 45, 26 Feb 1903, 1918, names Joseph Whitton, BE, Omagh, as the architect for the conversion of the old Presyterian church at Mountjoy, Co. Tyrone, into a lecture hall. According to the 1911 census, Whitton's elder son was born in Co. Tyrone in 1904 or 1905, the younger in Co. Kerry in 1905 or 1906.


3 work entries listed in chronological order for WHITTON, JOSEPH


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Building: CO. TYRONE, MOUNTJOY, LECTURE HALL
Date: 1902
Nature: Tenders sought for conversion of old church into lecture hall, for Committee of Mountjoy Presbyterian Church.Architect:Joseph Whitton, BE, Omagh..
Refs: IB 44, 31 Jul,14 Aug 1902, 1348,1371; 45, 26 Feb 1903, 1618

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, O'CONNELL STREET UPPER, NO. 043 (YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION)
Date: 1903
Nature: Tenders invited for building wall at rear. Archt (?): 'Mr Whitton'.
Refs: IB 45, 2 Jul 1903, 1854

Building: CO. DONEGAL, NEWTOWNCUNNINGHAM, NATIONAL SCHOOL
Date: 1909
Nature: New. Contractor: W. McClean.
Refs: IB 51, 27 Nov 1909, 755