Basic Biographical Details

Name: Henry Alexander Patton
Born: 4 March 1917
Bio Notes: Henry Alexander Patton was born on 4 March 1917. He was articled to Hobart & Heron in Belfast from 1933 to 1937 and attended classes at Belfast Technical School two days per week during this period. He was awarded the Building Course certificate with distinction at the end of this period.

From, 1937-39 he was architectural assistant with Dick Peddie Todd & Jamieson in Edinburgh and attended the part-time course at Edinburgh College of Art. From 1939-1946 he studied full-time at Edinburgh College of Art and was awarded his diploma at the end of the period. (He does not give details of any wartime service but presumably served for some of this time with the Forces). He sat the final exam in June 1946 and was elected ARIBA in December of that year, proposed by William Innes Thomson, T R Eagan and R S Wilshare.

Patton returned to Ireland in mid-1947 and took a post as Principal Officer in charge of the Town Planning and Architecture Department Enniskillen Borough Council. He remained in this post for three years but moved to the practice of G P & R H Bell in Belfast in mid-1950. He left this practice to commence business on his own account in February 1958. He was still in private practice at the time of his nomination to Fellowship of the RIBA in 1968, proposed by Donald A Shanks, William C McVeigh and Edwin S Leighton. At that time he had undertaken a variety of work, such as housing, a library, housing schemes and hospital work and had had designed and built the Technical College at Enniskillen.

By 1968 he had undertaken a variety of professional posts with the Royal Society of Ulster Architects. He served as chair of the Irish branch of the Town Planning Institute from 1961-62.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Dunedin, Downshire Road, Bangor, County Down, Northern IrelandPrivateBefore 1946 *After 1968 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 4Hobart & Heron19331937Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Dick Peddie, Todd & Jamieson19371939Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Enniskillen Borough CouncilJune 19476 1950Principal ArchitectAS Principal Officer in charge of the Town Planning and Architecture Department
Item 4 of 4G P & R H BellJune 1950February 1958Architect 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6T R EaganOctober 194612For Associateship
Item 2 of 6Edwin S Leighton17 July 1968For Fellowship
Item 3 of 6William C McVeigh17 July 1968For Fellowship
Item 4 of 6Donald A Shanks17 July 1968For Fellowship
Item 5 of 6William Innes Thomson10 December 1946For Associateship
Item 6 of 6Reginald Sharman Wilshere10 December 1946For Associateship


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no8830; F no6255 (Combined Box 128)