Belfast Royal Academy

3-17 Cliftonville Road, Belfast, Belfast, BT14 6JL
September 14th, 2019 - September 14th, 2019
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The school building was constructed to designs submitted by the well-known architectural firm, Young and Mackenzie. Robert Young senior, the founder of the firm, had been a pupil at the Academy. He later served his indentures with and became the Chief Assistant to Sir Charles Lanyon, the architect of Queen’s University. Robert Young began his practice at Belfast in the 1850s and afterwards took into the practice his son RM Young, and John Mackenzie.    It is a three-storeyed building of Scrabo sandstone, constructed in the Scots-Baronial style, and completed in 1880. This style had met with great acclaim after the construction of Balmoral Castle in Scotland as a residence for Queen Victoria in 1856. It had been introduced to Ulster with the construction of Scrabo Tower, and it is evident also in the design of Belfast Castle  completed in 1870.    The front entrance to the building is at the base of the recently restored central tower which resembles the central tower of Queen’s University, the dominant architectural style of which is Tudor Revival. The university tower is in turn modelled on the Founder’s Tower, Magdalen College,  Oxford.    This, the oldest part of the Academy,  is known as the Crombie Building in honour of the founder of the original school in 1785. It was designated the Belfast Royal Academy in 1888.    

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