The Architect – Francis P Ryan

The original Development Application by RM Bowcock cites the Architect Francis Patrick Ryan. He was listed as a draughtsman when he enlisted in 1916 to World War I aged 20 and he returned in 1919. He was part of the 5th Field Company of Australian Engineers, building and maintaining structures and machines to ensure the success of the war effort.

Francis became an Associate of the Institute of Architects of NSW in 1921 and did residential works including additions & alterations, adding garages. He (like RM Bowcock) had a strong affiliation with the Catholic Church and designed a number of significant buildings including Bethlehem Kindergarten Ashfield (Builder RM Bowcock), St Francis School Ashbury (Builder Mr Dedman) and a Novitate for the Daughters of Charity for St Vincents De Paul Eastwood (Builder A H Smith).