Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Engineer.  According to the Irish census of 1901, Gustavus Kelly was born in Drogheda, Co. Louth, in 1847.   He received the Licentiate in Civil Engineering from Trinity College, Dublin, in 1870.   By 1883 he had become chief engineer to the Midland Great Western Railway Company, and in 1884 he designed Great Western Square, Phibsborough, a development of forty-two houses for employees of the company.(1) He had been succeeded by WILLIAM PURCELL O'NEIL  WILLIAM PURCELL O'NEIL by 1896.  He subsequently moved back to Drogheda, where he was living with his son Richard when the 1901 census was taken.   In 1902-3 he designed a new reservoir at Barnattin for Drogheda Corporation.(2)    He died in Drogheda in 1922.(3)  He had married in Longford in 1876(4) but was a widower at the time of the 1901 census.

ICEI: elected member 5 Feb 1890;(5) no longer a member by 1898.

Addresses: Home: Highfield, North Circular Road,  Dublin, <=1883->=1890;   University Club, St Stephen's Green, 1896;  St Laurence's Street, Drogheda, 1901; West Street, Fair Gate, Drogheda, 1901.



All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from ICEI membership applications, III, 1, ICEI membership lists and Thom's directories.

(1) IB 26, 15 Oct 1884, 304.
(2) IB 44, 8,22 May,17 Jul1902, 1244,1264,1328 45, 13 Aug 1903, 1930. 
(3) www.familyserach.org.
(4) See note 3, above.
(5) TICEI 20 (1888-1890), 208.

2 work entries listed in chronological order for KELLY, GUSTAVUS NEWENHAM HAMILTON

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Date: 1883-84
Nature: New square of 42 2-storey houses for employees of Midland Great Western Railway with gate and gate lodge. Builders: A. Hammond & Co (14 houses, gate lodge and gate), S.H. Bolton (14 houses).
Refs: IAA, PKS B11/44, A07, p.166 (Apr 1883, Feb 1884); IB 26, 15 Oct 1884, 304;  Christine Casey, The Buildings of Ireland: Dublin (2005), 284.

Date: 1902-03
Nature: For Gas & Water Committee of Drogheda Corporation. Contractor: Hegarty & Gault, Ballymena & Larne.
Refs: IB 44, 8,22 May,17 Jul1902, 1244,1264,1328 45, 13 Aug 1903, 1930