Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Carpenter, builder and architect of Dublin. Benjamin Holebrook is presumably the person of the same name who was admitted to the Dublin Society's School of Drawing in Architecture on 1 November 1781.(1) On 9 November 1799 Benjamin Holebrook, architect, witnessed the signing of the will of Edward Brabazon of Dublin.(2) He appears as Benjamin Holdbrook, carpenter, of 10 Bishop Street in Wilson's Dublin Directory for the years 1803-1820 but from 1821 onwards his surname is spelt Holebrook. His trade description changes to 'carpenter and timber merchant' in the directory for 1832, and to 'carpenter and builder' from 1836 onwards. He disappears from the directories between 1847 and 1850. He was appointed clerk of the works to Trinity College, Dublin, in succession to JAMES BOLGER  JAMES BOLGER on 11 July 1832(3) and appears to have held the post until the spring of 1850 when he was succeeded by JOHN MCCURDY. JOHN MCCURDY. (4) He was presumably the father of BENJAMIN JAMES HOLEBROOK.  BENJAMIN JAMES HOLEBROOK.

Addresses: Montague Street, 1799;(3) 10 Bishop Street, 1803-1811; 18 Bishop Street, 1814-1833; 14 French Street, 1836-1844; 17 French Street, 1847.


All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from Wilson's Dublin Directory, The Post Office Directory and Pettigrew & Oulton's Dublin Almanac.

(1) MS. transcript from Royal Dublin Society minutes of School of Architectural Drawing admissions and prizewinners (in IAA).
(2) E. Ellis and P.B. Eustace, eds., Registry of Deeds, Dublin: Abstracts of Wills: Vol. III 1785-1832 (1984), 156.
(3) Minutes of Board of Trinity College, Dublin (IAA, Edward McParland files, Acc. 2008/44). In 1837 he was paid £25TCin TCD Muniments, MUN/P/2/317, record payments to Holebrook on 23 February 1850 and to McCurdy on 27 April 1850.
(5) See note 1, above.