Alred A. Forman designed our family home, I have a letter he wrote to my grandmother in 1902. At that stage his address was: Central Chambers, The Diamond, Londonderry. The person who had commissioned him to design the house , a local mill owner, was apparently finding that the costs were escalating and wished to sell it before completion. My grandparents who had moved to Buncrana in Co. Donegal for the sake of my grandmother's health bought the house and it has been in our family ever since. It has sadly suffered the ravages of time and neglect and is in a very poor condition.
My father had always spoken of Mr Forman as being an Australian. I was mulling over the idea of taking on the task of restoring the family home and wished to see other examples in better condition.Some months ago I visited two houses in Londonderry which he had also designed. One of the present owners knew of the Architect's name (they had bought the house some 20 -30 years ago) and said that he had gone to South America. The other owner, who had owned his house for a longer period, said that the architect had gone to Argentina.
Whether it is likely that he did go to Argentina or not I cannot say but I felt that you might like to investigate the possibility. best regards, anne
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