Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Builder and architect of Dublin. Michael Crowe was born in 1815, the second of the five sons of the Dublin builder DANIEL CROWE DANIEL CROWE . Like all his brothers he attended the Royal Dublin Society's School of Drawing in Architecture, to which he was admitted on 11 February 1830.(1) He probably then worked in the family firm. It may have been in connection with a building project that he spent at least two years in Co. Cork in the 1850s. He was a member of masonic Lodge 68 in Youghal in 1853 but resigned in 1855 on returning to Dublin.(1) He was living at 55 Great Brunswick Street in 1863(2) but retired to Melfield, Newtownpark Avenue, Blackrock, in about 1867. He was appointed a Justice of the Peace for Co. Dublin in 1876. He died in 1902.

The undated plans by 'M.F. Crowe' for a rectory at Ballickmoyler, co. Laois, in the Representative Church Body Libarary, Dublin (GH/29) are by the much younger architect Michael Finbar Crowe.

Addresses: 55 Great Brunswick Street, 1863; Melfield, Newtownpark Avenue, Blackrock, circa 1867 until death.



All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from a letter from Michael Crowe's grandson, Brigadier J.P. Crowe, Wood End, North Chailey, Lewes, Sussex, 21 Jan 1972, to the RIAI.

(1) MS. transcript from Royal Dublin Society minutes of School of Drawing in Architecture admissions and prizewinners (in IAA).
(2) GLFI archives.
(2) Thom's Directory 1863.

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Date: ?
Nature: Plan for proposed rectory by 'M.F. Crowe'.
Refs: Signed undated plan in RCB Library.