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Henry Lynch-Robinson

(1920—1984)


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(1920–84).

Ulster architect, the most controversial of those who brought Modernism to the Province after the 1939–45 war. Among his early houses, 110 Malone Road, Belfast (1949), and his own single-storey house by the shore of Lough Neagh (1952) may be cited. For a brief period he was in partnership with McKinstry, with whom he designed Greenwood School, Upper Newtownands Road, Belfast (1954–7). He was appointed local adviser on Production and Design during Festival of Britain Year (1951), and his office designed the Farmhouse of the Future (on stilts) at the Farm and Factory Exhibition. He designed several fire stations, e.g. the headquarters of the Northern Ireland Fire Authority, Lisburn, Co. Antrim. Much of his œuvre proved ephemeral, especially lounge-bars and cafés (e.g. Susan's, a typically 1950s en-semble in Howard Street, Belfast). He was in charge of hospital design in Ghana (1966–  early 1970s), but contracted polyneuritis and never walked again.

Mr Robert McKinstry ;personal knowledge

Subjects: Architecture.


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